In Case You Missed it: This Week in Review

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As the summer comes to an end and kids go back to school, Nourishing the Planet highlighted five ways that schools can help to provide nutritious food to our youth, including the creation of school gardens.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

And guest author Alina Paul-Bossuet discusses initiatives working on the ground to alleviate the famine in the Horn of Africa, while guest author Wayne Roberts highlights important urban policies, such as more green spaces, to reduce the prevalence of mental illnesses among city-dwellers.

This past week, Nourishing the Planet’s research on improving global food supply chains was featured in The Baltimore Sun. Our opinion editorial on urban agricultural initiatives was published in the Boston Herald and our policy recommendations to improve women farmers’ access to important extension services was featured in Ghana’s Accra Daily Mail.

Highlights from this past week:

Nourishing the Planet highlighted five ways that schools can help in alleviating malnutrition across the United States and around the world. As summer comes to an end, school is just around the corner for children, which typically means the return of unhealthy lunches that are best described as “fast food”.  Yet school lunch programs can play a key role in reinforcing healthy eating behaviors by integrating such measures as school gardens, nutrition education, locally sourced organic food, and efforts that affirm the value of mealtimes.

This week, we looked at Roots of Health, an organization in the Philippines that is working directly with mothers and children, to bring reproductive and maternal health, nutrition, and education into the Pulang Lupa community. “The families in these communities don’t own their land, they are squatting here,” explains Amina Evangelista Swanepoel, the Founding Executive Director of the organization “They struggle to feed themselves and earn an income with what they have.”

And in this guest post by ICRISAT’s communications specialist, Alina Paul-Bossuet, she discusses the need to involve the affected farmers and the existing local economy to find durable solutions to make communities more resilient to the current drought in the Horn of Africa.  The region is facing its worst drought in 60 years destroying crops, killing livestock and causing hunger and famine across parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda.

Now it’s your turn: What were your favorite posts from the week? What do you hope we’ll write about next week? Let us know in the comments!

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