Children displaced by conflict, DRC. Photo Credit: Flickr (UN Photo/Marie Frechon)

Among the billions of people on the planet, one in nine are chronically undernourished, according to the 2015 Global Hunger Index (GHI) released this week by the International Food Policy Research Institute, Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide. The 10th annual edition of the report also finds that one in four children are affected by malnutrition-related stunting (low height for age) and nine percent of children are affected by wasting (low weight for height).

Among children under the age of five around the world, 161 million are stunted, 51 million are wasted, and 42 million are obese, according to the 2015 Global Nutrition Report released today by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. The report illustrates that malnutrition takes many forms and affects every country on earth.

Ongoing conflict puts Yemen at the top of the list of projected acutely food insecure populations for January 2016, according to the latest Food Assistance Outlook Brief from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

Pipes being laid for a water project in Lesotho. Photo Credit: Flickr (John Hogg/World Bank)

Official Development Assistance, or ODA, provides a fundamental source of financing in the poorest and most fragile countries. Current ODA is estimated at $135 billion USD a year, but investment needs in infrastructure alone reach up to $1.5 trillion a year in emerging and developing countries according to the World Bank Group.

Photo Credit: Children enjoying sweet potato. Flickr (HarvestPlus)

By: Kelly Jones and Alan de Brauw, IFPRI

Farmer in Zambia. Photo Credit: Flickr (Anna Fawcus)

While Africa south of the Sahara has seen impressive growth in agricultural trade in recent years, one in four people remains undernourished, making it the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger.

Photo Credit: Flickr (Adam Cohn)

By: Rachel Kohn

Ephraim Nkonya, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) (Photo Source: IISD)

Please join us below Monday June 8, 2015 from 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM (EDT) for an IFPRI seminar presenting findings of food and nutrition security research projects in Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) funded by German federal ministries.

New labeling system may bring safe, affordable maize flour to Kenyan consumers

BY: Vivian Hoffman

Kenyan consumers are demanding maize flour that is safe from contamination by aflatoxin, a chemical linked to cancer and other health problems. The toxin, produced by certain fungi, is commonly found in maize from several regions of Kenya due to a combination of environmental conditions and poor post-harvest practices.

Photo Credit: Flickr (Robert Thomson 2008)

BY: Rachel Kohn

The April edition of the FAO Monthly News Report on Grains was released today, with multiple articles addressing China's grain management system and coverage of record cereal and wheat harvests for Morocco and India, respectively. The report also covers ongoing global and regional trends in grain prices and policies.

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