The latest report from the Montpellier Panel – an eminent panel of international experts led by Professor Sir Gordon Conway of Agriculture for Impact – provides innovative thinking and examples into the way in which the techniques of Sustainable Intensification are being used by smallholder farmers in Africa to address the continent’s food and nutrition crisis.
"Nutrition transition" common to Mexico, India, China, other emerging economies
Malaysian Industry-Government Group on High Technology
Government of Malaysia
New York Academy of Sciences
Washington D.C, August 8, 2012: A study published today in the Journal of Nutrition provides conclusive evidence that orange sweet potato (OSP) provided significant amounts of vitamin A to malnourished Ugandan children and women and that a modest improvement in vitamin A levels in the body was measurable in some cases.
By Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
August 6, 2012— Below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures have contributed to the most severe and extensive drought in the United States since the 1950s. Spanning over half the country, the severity of drought conditions increased dramatically since early July, adversely affecting the production of maize (yellow corn) and soybeans, driving up agricultural prices, and increasing the volatility of those prices to excessive levels.
The year 2011 highlighted ongoing challenges to global food security, from food price volatility, extreme weather shocks, and famine to unrest and conflicts. On the policy front, major developments at the global and national levels both offered grounds for encouragement and pointed to areas where further action is needed.
CALL FOR ABSTRACT
The Call for Abstracts is now available for your review and planning. The Abstract Submission Site is open since February 21, 2011.
KEY ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DATES
February 21, 2011 Abstract Submission Opening
July 17, 2011 Abstract submission Deadline
July 23, 2011 Email notification of Abstract Acceptance to Presenting Author
Worldwatch's Nourishing the Planet team emphasizes school food programs as a means of combating obesity and unhealthy food habits
Washington, D.C. - More than 1.9 billion people worldwide were overweight in 2010, a 25 percent increase since 2002, a new Worldwatch analysis shows. A survey of statistics in 177 countries shows 38 percent of adults - those 15 years or older - are now overweight. The trend is strongly correlated to rising income and to an increase in preventable health problems, writes Richard H. Weil in the latest Vital Signs Online release from the Worldwatch Institute.
Numerous studies have documented a connection between obesity and hypertension. The study was brought to the attention of Professor Gian Paolo Rossi and Dr. Gisella Pitter from the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine from the University of Padova (Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale dell'Università degli studi di Padova) who aim to highlight the role of aldosterone, a hormone that promotes sodium retention and raises blood pressure. Particularly, the study focuses on the presence of a direct relationship between circulating levels of aldosterone and the amount of visceral fat: in hypertensive people, who are overweight or obese as aldosterone levels are much greater the higher the visceral fat.