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How Secure Is Our Food Supply?
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How Secure Is Our Food Supply?

Articles Resource Center How secure is our food supply? It’s easy to take our food supply system for granted, especially for those lucky enough not to have to worry about where their next meal’s coming from. But how secure are our global food systems? Are we guaranteed a future in which supermarket shelves are always overflowing, dams are always full, and good rains always bring abundant harvests? The answer, of course, is no. Now, more than ever before, our future food security is at risk. A new paper[1] by de Raymond et. al takes a close look at the concept of ‘systemic risk’ in relation to global food security. ‘Might food systems lastingly fail to supply, trade, and distribute food?’ ask the authors. ‘Might widespread unsustainable agricultural practices irreversibly alter...
Can Food Innovation Help Defeat Hunger and Malnutrition?
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Can Food Innovation Help Defeat Hunger and Malnutrition?

Articles Resource Center Can food innovation help defeat hunger and malnutrition? Why is it that, despite rapid advances in technology, so many people in the world are still hungry in the 21st century? And how are scientists working with industry, agriculture and governments to tackle hunger and undernourishment? In 2015, the United Nations launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a universal call to action to end poverty, promote prosperity and protect the planet.[1]  SDG Goal 2 is ‘Zero Hunger’, and its aims include ending hunger and malnutrition, improving nutrition, and ensuring sustainable agriculture and food security by 2030. [2] But have any of these SDG targets been achieved, and what headway has been made since 2015? Slow progress, exacerbated by Covid-...
Stunting in Children
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Stunting in Children

Articles Resource CenterThere are over 56 million stunted children in Africa. Can fortified foods help? It’s a distressing fact that young children the world over are just not getting the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. According to UNICEF, stunting affects 149 million children globally: ‘Stunting is the devastating result of poor nutrition in-utero and early childhood. Children suffering from stunting may never attain their full possible height and their brains may never develop to their full cognitive potential.’ [1]  In Africa, 56.6 million children under five are stunted, and in South Africa alone, stunting affects 1.5 million (almost three out of 10) children.[2]  Even more distressing is that stunting cannot be reversed, and has serious long...
Fixing Hidden Hunger
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Fixing Hidden Hunger

Articles Resource Center Fixing 'Hidden Hunger' Have you heard of ‘hidden hunger’? This is a term often used to describe micronutrient malnutrition, a kind of undernourishment that happens when the intake (and absorption) of micronutrients such as zinc, iodine and iron is too low to sustain good health and development.[1] Shockingly, it’s estimated that hidden hunger affects more than two billion individuals worldwide – one in three people.[2]  A number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa have a perilously high level of hidden hunger.[3] And according to the Global Hunger Index, of the 3.1 million child deaths that occur annually as a result of undernutrition, an estimated 1.1 million are caused by micronutrient deficiencies.[4] Persistent, chronic deficiencies of iron, zinc an...
Food Fortification Can Be A Game-changer In Tackling Malnutrition
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Food Fortification Can Be A Game-changer In Tackling Malnutrition

Articles Resource CenterFood fortification can be a game-changer in tackling malnutrition Do you know that one in four people in Sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished? [1] Out of the 800 million people suffering from hunger in the world, a staggering 204 million come from this region, the poorest on Earth.[2]It’s not surprising that micronutrient deficiencies are disproportionately prevalent in poorer countries, but it isn’t only in Africa that malnutrition is rife: two billion people – an estimated one-third of the global population – have deficiencies that contribute to a variety of negative health outcomes, including stunted growth, poor maternal health, lowered resistance to disease, ageing, blindness, and general declines in productivity and potential...
Fighting Food Waste with Unilever
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Fighting Food Waste with Unilever

Articles Resource CenterFighting Food Waste with Unilever Every year, a staggering 10 million tonnes of food lands up in South Africa’s skips, bins and landfills. Of this, fruits, vegetables and cereals account for 70% of the wastage. [1]Elsewhere in the world, things are no different. Food loss and waste is a global crisis with one-third of all food produced globally lost or wasted [2]. This is about 1.3 billion tonnes of food – an amount that would take up more land surface area than China and India combined, according to the UN Environment Programme. [3]Tackling food waste is an opportunity to address food insecurity, protect natural resources and mitigate climate change – and it requires a global approach. There is no reason anybody should experience daily hun...
Responsible Treats
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Responsible Treats

Articles Resource Center Responsible Treats A spoonful of sugar might help the medicine go down but consuming a high sugar intake can also lead to excessive energy consumption. Without adequate physical activity, excessive energy intake can lead to weight gain and obesity (an important risk factor for heart disease and diabetes). Astonishingly, the World Health Organization (WHO) names childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health issues of the 21st century which is a key reason why Unilever wants to ensure that consumers use sugar responsibly, while also matching consumers’ taste preferences. Given the challenging climate of childhood obesity and social media's impact, we're working to raise awareness about the importance of responsible treats for kids, as descri...
Why we should eat more plants
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Why we should eat more plants

Articles Resource CenterWhy we should eat more plants The way we grow and produce food continues to negatively impact the current global food system. Its impact is far reaching as it contributes to malnutrition as well as low-quality diets that ultimately result in poor health outcomes. Moreover, eating the same foods repeatedly is boring our palate and harming the planet. Mealtime monotony is a global issue as 75% of the global food supply comes from only 12 plant and five animal species. Just three (rice, maize, wheat) make up nearly 60% of plant-based calories despite there being up to 50,000 edible plants species. This not only bores our palates but excludes many valuable sources of nutrition while taking excessive amount of resource from the planet and harmin...
Dietary Diversity Could Keep Us Happier As We Age
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Dietary Diversity Could Keep Us Happier As We Age

Articles Resource CenterDietary Diversity Could Keep Us Happier As We Age Concentrating on eating a diverse diet may just be the secret to building mental resilience as we age!Our diets, along with other lifestyle factors, could help shape the way our brains function. A recent study analysing the psychological resilience — i.e. personal tenacity, optimism, coping mechanism, mood and self-control — of 8 571 elderly Chinese individuals found that older people who adhered to diets high in dietary diversity were more likely to have higher psychological resilience (Yin et al, 2019, p1). The greatest contribution to dietary diversity was a high consumption of vegetables, fruits, and nuts — suggesting that eating a diet rich in diverse, healthful foods could be prot...
What Are the Predictors for Developing Hypertension in South Africa?
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What Are the Predictors for Developing Hypertension in South Africa?

Articles Resource Center What Are the Predictors for Developing Hypertension in South Africa? South Africa has one of the highest levels of hypertension globally. According to national and regional surveys, a whopping 35 – 49% of South African adults are estimated to be hypertensive, with at least one-third of the population unaware of their hypertensive status, and, at best, 25% on medication (Ware et al, 2018, p. 1). With South Africa’s overburdened public healthcare systems and low levels of private medical aid coverage, managing and preventing hypertension is vital. To do this, it is important to first understand what the key predictors of hypertension are. According to the WHO-SAGE population survey, the key predictors of hypertension and hypertension awareness include: ...