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Zero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia

The potato is a staple of the local diet in Colombia. Government meal programs include yellow potatoes twice a week and white potatoes three times a week. In Nariño 25% of children under five years of age suffer from iron and zinc deficiency. The...

Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in Bolivia

​Fish are an important source of protein, micronutrients, and fatty acids, and have great potential to improve food security and rural livelihoods. Bolivia, a country without access to the sea, has one of the lowest rates of fish consumption in the...

Improving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basin

​Rural and peri-urban areas of the Bolivian Amazon basin are known for high levels of food insecurity and poverty.  But the high nutritional value of Amazon fish can make a significant contribution to food security and the local economy. In 2011, a...

Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

A robust network of researchers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America has delved down to the household level to better understand the changes brought about by increased access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the developing...

China’s next economic plan focuses on people

As its economic growth rate slows, China also faces a widening rural-urban divide and increasing income inequality. To confront these challenges and prepare for the next planning cycle, China’s top economic planning agency invited the Asian...

Family fish farming improves quality of life in the Bolivian Amazon

Despite great diversity in freshwater fish, Bolivia has one of the lowest levels of per capita fish consumption in the world. The Government of Bolivia has recognized the potential contributions that fish can make for food security and has created a...

Healthy children, healthy nation — tackling the obesity problem

The high and growing incidence of obesity among young children and adolescents is an alarming trend throughout the Caribbean. Influencing eating behaviours in early childhood to tackle poor diets and inadequate physical activity, however, can have a...

Healthier, more nutritious potatoes improve food security in Colombia

The potato is one of Colombia's most important staple foods and a significant source of low-cost calories for families. However, yellow potato varieties grown in the Nariño region in southern Colombia are low-yielding and highly susceptible to late...

Science, plus farmers' know-how, equals improved food security in Colombia

In rural Colombia, most families own small farms (less than 3 hectares) on which they chiefly grow potatoes. Planting high yielding varieties is vital to achieve adequate yield for both consumption and sale. But yellow potato varieties most often...

Diversity in local food production combats obesity in the Caribbean

In the Caribbean region, the combination of increased imports of processed foods and limited consumption of healthy foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, has contributed to a growing problem of obesity. Around 30% of the adult population is...

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