USAID launches food initiative to improve nutrition in Nigeria

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a six-million-dollar “EatSafe” initiative, to support Nigeria to improve food security, safety and nutrition.

The agency launched the five-year programme on Thursday in Abuja with Kebbi as the pilot beneficiary state.

The project is to be implemented by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), an independent non-profit foundation. According to USAID, Nigeria will receive a total of $6 million in funding and implementation and the scheme will begin in Kebbi, which has the highest incidence of malnutrition in Nigeria. The project is to get $3.5 million in funding.

Mr Colin Dreizin, the Director of USAID’s Office of Economic Growth and Environment, said that USAID recognized that food safety was crucial for improving nutrition for a healthy, productive and resilient Nigeria. Dreizin, who joined the event virtually, said that EatSafe would explore innovative ways to engage stakeholders, including the private sector, to

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Regional Overview of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean 2020 – World

New United Nations report reveals the inequality in the geographical distribution of malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean

The United Nations calls for the targeting of new policies and investments in the lagging territories of Latin America and the Caribbean.

December 2, 2020, Santiago de Chile – A new United Nations report shows the territorial inequality of malnutrition in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Regional Overview of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean 2020 analyzes child overweight and stunting in the countries of the region, and identifies which territories are highly lagging, that is, those that exhibit levels significantly higher than the national averages.

According to the report, child overweight in the highly lagging territories of the region is twice as high as in the territories with no lag: 13.1% versus 6.6%. Stunting, meanwhile, reaches 27.6% in the territories which are

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AHA News: Food Insecurity Rates High Among People With Heart Disease | Health News

By American Heart Association News, HealthDay Reporter


TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — People with atherosclerosis, particularly those who earn a low income and have other socioeconomic disadvantages, are more likely to experience food insecurity than those without the condition, according to new research.

Researchers analyzed several socioeconomic factors from self-reported data for 190,113 U.S. adults. Among the 18,442 (8.2%) adults with atherosclerosis, about 1 in 7 – or 14.6% – reported being food insecure. That was compared with 9.1% among those without atherosclerosis.

The findings also showed food insecurity affects nearly 1 in 2 people with the condition who also are among the most disadvantaged socioeconomic groups.

In 2018, nearly 11% – 14.3 million – U.S. households were food insecure, a term the U.S. Department of Agriculture defines as “limited or uncertain access to adequate food due to lack of money” at least some time

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Food for thought: Nutrition programs spike employee productivity

Proper nutrition may be on the back burner this time of year, but encouraging healthy eating can boost employee performance and reduce absenteeism.

While 85% of Americans say their eating habits have changed due to the pandemic, just 22% reported eating healthier, according to a survey by the International Food Information Council. One-third of Americans say they are snacking more, and 47% say they are eating more sweets.

Read more: Meal program provides healthy lunches to remote workers

“How can we get employees to make better choices and empower them to take better care of themselves?” says Marcus Gners, co-founder of Lifesum, a digital nutrition app. “When it comes to health benefits, it’s about providing employees with the right tools to be productive and live better lives.”

Promoting good health will not only lead to healthier employees, but more money saved: for every dollar spent on an employer-sponsored wellness program,

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Food writer with covid copes with the fears of living with the disease

This would be just the beginning of my descent into covid-19, an equal-opportunity disease that rips lives and families apart, regardless of whether you believe in it or not. I do believe in it. I studiously tried to avoid it. I wore a mask everywhere I went. With the exception of two visits back in June, I didn’t dine indoors. When I ate outdoors, I made sure to cover my face whenever I interacted with people. If I walked into a retail store, I followed two more rules: Don’t stay long, and don’t enter if it’s crowded.

I’m not the first food writer and critic to get the coronavirus, and I probably won’t be the last, given what I know about infection rates and the work ethic of my peers, who continue to move about their communities to tell you about the good, the bad and the tasty. Since Nov.

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Closer Africa-Europe collaboration needed to deliver food and nutrition security roadmap

General News of Sunday, 29 November 2020

Source: GNA


FARA is Africa’s apex organization for coordinating and advocating for agriculturalFARA is Africa’s apex organization for coordinating and advocating for agricultural

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), a non-profit organization has called on African and European countries to prioritize investment in science, technology, and innovation for agriculture on the continent.

FARA, which is Africa’s apex organization for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research and innovation is urging the agricultural research for development sector on the continent to unite and implement a roadmap for food and nutrition security.

A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency said the call was made during FARA’s eighth General Assembly.

It said the Long-term EU-AU Research and Innovation Partnership for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (LEAP4FNSSA), which is running from 2018 to 2022, support intercontinental collaboration over agricultural research and innovation.

The statement said as part of the meeting Scientists including

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Weight loss: How to keep the pounds off at Christmas – food swaps to try

Christmas is just over one month away which means many will start to think about picking up their festive food including Christmas dinner items. However new research from the Covid-19 Symptom Study app has shown that the average person can put on up to five pounds of fat over the holiday period on top of the average three pounds many put on during the first lockdown.

Health Brand New Nordic has looked at how Britons can look after their bodies by making slight changes on Christmas Day.

Through analysing the calorific value of each component to a Christmas dinner, New Nordic found that the average festive dinner can have up to 2,861 calories.

This is around 800 calories over the recommended daily allowance for the average woman and around 300 over that for an average male.

The biggest culprits are roast potatoes, which are over 600 calories per serving, and

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China stepping up virus testing on imported food packaging

China is stepping up virus inspections on imported food packaging as cooler weather brings new waves of coronavirus infections in several overseas countries, Chinese officials said Wednesday.

Packaging is “not exempt” from carrying the virus, deputy director of the National Food Safety Risk Assessment Center Li Ning told reporters.

While the coronavirus positivity rate for tests on packages was just 0.48 per 10,000, that proportion is increasing along with the number of tests being conducted, Li said.

She said the virus could “to some extent” be passed to humans from packaging, although neither Li or any other official at Wednesday’s news conference mentioned any such confirmed cases.

Chinese testing of packaging has stirred some controversy, with exporters of frozen food items questioning the science behind it and whether it amounts to an unfair trade barrier. China has defended the practice as an additional measure to prevent the virus’s spread.


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Food bank lines build before Thanksgiving as more Americans go hungry

Massive lines have cropped up at food banks around the nation ahead of the 2020 holiday season. 

Reports from California, Wisconsin, New York, Texas, South Carolina and other states indicate many of the people waiting for assistance never needed help before this year when the coronavirus pandemic shut down swaths of businesses and sent unemployment surging.

In Rhode Island, food insecurity has left residents in dire straits not encountered since the Great Depression, The Providence Journal wrote on Monday. Some 25% of respondents to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s 2020 status report admitted they were unable to provide enough food for themselves and their families, up from just over 9% in 2019. 


Food banks in California’s Bay Area that had served 1,400 households per month in February are now expecting that figure to

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Herbalife Nutrition Foundation supports Tema SOS Children’s Village with food items

Press Releases of Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Source: Herbalife Nutrition


HNF celebrated this year's Children’s Day by donating to SOS Children’s VillageHNF celebrated this year’s Children’s Day by donating to SOS Children’s Village

Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) has marked this year’s Universal Children’s Day with a donation of food items to its Casa Herbalife partner: SOS Children’s Village, Tema.

HNF’s ‘Casa Herbalife’ centres are a network of 140 global charity partners which it supports as part of the corporation’s Nutrition for Zero Hunger programme – a commitment to help eliminate world hunger and malnutrition by supporting good causes, donating products, providing nutrition expertise and education, volunteering and awareness-raising activities. Last year, HNF donated US$3.2 million to good causes to over 90,000 children in 50 countries.

Locally, HNF’s commitment to helping improve the lives of deprived children in Ghana can be seen in the many voluntary activities that Herbalife Nutrition’s independent distributors and employees undertake on behalf of the SOS Children’s

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