Nutrition

What dimensions of women's empowerment in agriculture matter for nutrition in Ghana?

This paper investigates linkages between women’s empowerment in agriculture and the nutritional status of women and children using 2012 baseline data from the Feed the Future population-based survey in northern Ghana.

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Nutritional Value of Cereal Grains

Cereal grains have been and continue to be important dietary sources of carbohydrates, proteins, B vitamins, and minerals for the world. In many regions, diets commonly have a single cereal grain as the primary staple, while in other regions mixtures of cereal grains are consumed. In some areas, many people depend largely upon roots and tubers [e.g., cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz), potato (Solanum tuberosum L.), and yam (Dioscorea bulbifera L.)] as staple foods.

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Book chapter

Nutrition Security and Sustainable Development Goals in Africa

Agriculture and nutrition integration must focus on promoting production of safe and diverse nutrient rich foods, coupled with increased consumption of these foods by women and children who are at greater risk of malnutrition. Recently the world lacked guidance on which program interventions to scale up, which were the most cost-effective and how they can be financed.

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Dryland Cereals: A Global Alliance for Improving Food Security, Nutrition, and Economic Growth for the World's Most Vulnerable Poor

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Handbook

Cereal Complex Carbohydrates and their Contribution to Human Health

Population studies have shown that whole grain consumption is associated with diminished risk of serious, diet-related diseases, which are major problems in wealthy industrialised economies and are emerging in developing countries with greater affluence. These conditions include coronary heart disease, certain cancers (especially of the large bowel), inflammatory bowel disease and disordered laxation. Carbohydrates are important contributors to the health benefits of whole grains. Insoluble non-starch polysaccharides (NSP, major components of dietary fibre) are effective laxatives.

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Biofortification in Millets: A Sustainable Approach for Nutritional Security

Nutritional insecurity is a major threat to the worlds population that is highly dependent on cereals-based diet, deficient in micronutrients. Next to cereals, millets are the primary sources of energy in the semi-arid tropics and drought-prone regions of Asia and Africa. Millets are nutritionally superior as their grains contain high amount of proteins, essential amino acids, minerals, and vitamins. Biofortification of staple crops is proved to be an economically feasible approach to combat micronutrient malnutrition.

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Adoption of Hybrid Maize in Zambia: Effects on Gender Roles, Food Consumption, and Nutrition

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A large-scale intervention to introduce orange sweet potato in rural Mozambique increases vitamin A intakes among children and women

ë_-Carotene-rich orange sweet potato (OSP) has been shown to improve vitamin A status of infants and young children in controlled efficacy trials and in a small-scale effectiveness study with intensive exposure to project inputs. However, the potential of this important food crop to reduce the risk of vitamin A deficiency in deficient populations will depend on the ability to distribute OSP vines and promote its household production and consumption on a large scale.

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