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01 Mar 2018 description

UNICEF and GAIN urge immediate action to increase access to iodized salt amid longstanding evidence on how deficiency reduces cognitive ability

NEW YORK, 1 March 2018 – Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year – 14 per cent – are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in the earliest years of life, according to a new joint report by UNICEF and GAIN released today. More than 1 in 4 of these children – 4.3 million – lives in South Asia.

28 Feb 2018 description

UNICEF and GAIN urge immediate action to increase access to iodized salt amid longstanding evidence on how deficiency reduces cognitive ability

NEW YORK, 1 March 2018 – Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year – 14 per cent – are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in the earliest years of life, according to a new joint report by UNICEF and GAIN released today. More than 1 in 4 of these children – 4.3 million – lives in South Asia.

25 Jun 2015 description

It’s a busy Monday morning in the market town of Luanda, near Lake Victoria in Kenya, and shoppers are crowding around the many stalls selling tomatoes, onions and other vegetables. Over at the fish stall, however, business is slow. The tilapia on sale there are large and fresh, but they sell for 200 Kenyan shillings (£1.50). That’s a lot of money in an area where a day labourer might earn 400 shillings.

17 Jun 2015 description

Africa has been named the ‘mobile continent’. An often cited example of development leapfrogging, countries have gone from no telephones to cell phones, skipping the need for investment in landlines altogether. And innovation has not stopped there. A wide array of services, offered through mobile platforms, have popped up to meet consumer demand.

03 Jun 2015 description

“Germany will be working to ensure that the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau sends a strong signal for the fight against hunger and for food and nutrition security.” This statement was made by Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, at the presentation of the Global Nutrition Report. The event was co-hosted by the BMZ, CARE Germany-Luxembourg and GAIN.

29 May 2015 description

here’s a lot that entrepreneurs in the nutrition sector can learn from each other, but it’s not always easy to find out who’s doing what.

GAIN’s Community of Practice (CoP) helps entrepreneurs, investors and organisations working in agriculture and nutrition to share experiences, network, and find out about market opportunities that could improve the quality and accessibility of nutritious foods.

16 May 2015 description

Unilever’s biggest brand Knorr unveiled its commitment to help reduce the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in Nigeria, a major public health issue, by making nutritious cooking more desirable, easy to understand and afford. This commitment forms part of Knorr’s social mission to improve the health and happiness of a billion people by unlocking more flavour and goodness from everyday food.

14 May 2015 description

Offal is often rejected by wealthier consumers, but these are parts of the animal that are affordable and also offer a vital source of protein, iron and zinc for low-income households.

In central Mozambique’s Manica province, dried fish retails at 55MZN (£1) per kg, and chicken at 100MZN (£1.85). Fifth-quarter meat, on the other hand, costs just an average of 27MZN (£0.50).

13 May 2015 description

Globally, there has been real progress in tackling malnutrition. Child mortality due to undernutrition has fallen from 3.5 million in 2008 to 3.1 million in 2011. According to UNICEF, the number of children who are stunted has also decreased globally, at an average rate of 2.1 percent per year – from 253 million in 1990 to 161 million today. More than 50 countries have joined SUN, the Scaling Up Nutrition movement to include nutrition in all development efforts. However, set against the scale of the problem, we can do more.

07 May 2015 description

Bangladesh has a population of more than 160 million people; it’s one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Millions of Bangladeshis are suffering from one or more forms of malnutrition, these people are plagued with reoccurring illness which in turn affects mental and physical development.

03 Apr 2015 description

With half of the world’s population facing malnutrition in some form, it’s a global challenge that isn’t going to go away and it’s one that doesn’t discriminate based on wealth and income. According to the 2014 global nutrition report, almost every country in the world is dealing with malnutrition whether that is undernutrition or at the other end of the spectrum, obesity.

While undernutrition is a continual struggle in many developing countries, many people may not realise that it also is a real problem within the developed world.

27 Mar 2015 description

Last week 250 independent wheat flour millers in Pakistan’s province of Punjab voluntarily committed to start fortifying their flour.

The commitment, made at a seminar organised by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) in collaboration with the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), follows a previous move by 34 Punjab flour mills earlier this year to also start voluntarily fortifying their flour.

16 Mar 2015 description

Late last year, in December 2014, GAIN donated six iChecks kits worth $38,000 to Zimbabwe to help monitor the micronutrient content in fortified foods. Earlier this year GAIN staff went to Zimbabwe to hear about the role the kits have and will continue to play in delivering nutritious foods to local people.

27 Feb 2015 description

Of every 100 people living in Bangladesh, just 55 have access to sanitation services, while 64 have mobile phone subscriptions.

A project in Bangladesh has used this as an opportunity to deliver vital health information to about 1.2 million people. MAMA is a public-private partnership that supports programmes to deliver health information through cellphones to mothers and families. So far, its messages have reached nearly 2 million subscribers globally.

23 Jan 2015 description

DAVOS, Switzerland, 23 January 2015: The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy, the Government of Guinea and the Government of Canada joined with political leaders, health experts, key stakeholders, and private sector leaders to explore the intersection of health and security through several discrete lenses – including education, nutrition, prevention of violence against women and girls and maternal and child health.

22 Jan 2015 description

GAIN and Unilever have signed an agreement at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that aims to improve the lives of 2.5 million farmers and their families.

The Memorandum of Understanding has targets to improve the health and nutrition of smallholder farmers and farm workers in Unilever’s supply chain, through the creation of a global Nutrition Intervention Programme (NIP).

15 Jan 2015 description

Despite peanuts being produced in Mozambique, nutritious and energy dense peanut butter has been too expensive for many Mozambican consumers – until now.

Xikhaba (pronounced she-kah-bah) is a brand of peanut butter that is produced by small business owner Octávio Muchanga. It is the first local peanut butter brand produced in Mozambique and is supported by GAIN’s Marketplace for Nutritious Foods.

30 Dec 2014 description

In a busy area on the outskirts of Nairobi’s notorious Kibera slum, 27-year-old Sarah Mekesa drops the equivalent of US$ 0.79 into a Maziwa King machine and watches as milk reaches the rim of her bottle. Sarah buys a litre of milk from the machine every day for her daughter, a toddler, which she incorporates into porridge or cooks with spinach. Her family consume twice as much milk as they did before she discovered the machine and Sarah has noticed an improvement in her daughter’s health.

30 Dec 2014 description

Walk into a pharmacy, small shop or supermarket in Abidjan, the largest city in Côte d’Ivoire, and you’re likely to see Marie Konate’s brightly coloured children’s cereals for sale. Marie’s company Protein Kissèe-La (PKL) gets feedback from customers bi-annually but most don’t comment on the fact that they contain 11 vitamins and seven minerals. “Customers might feedback that the cereals are too sweet, or not sweet enough,” she says. “Or parents who buy our cereals for under-fives comment on how they can see their children growing, but they don’t mention the vitamins and minerals.”