The rising cost of nutritious food in South Asia

A malnourished child will face poorer outcomes as an adult.bangladesh-world-bank-cooperate-to-improve-child-nutrition-facebook-3

That’s why improving nutrition, especially in the early stages of life, is critical.

The path toward better nutrition includes adequate maternal and child care, access to better sanitation facilities, health services, and naturally, nutritious foods.

But whether an individual consumes—or not—nutritious food is contingent upon a myriad of factors, ranging from the availability of certain foods, how convenient they can be turned into meals, or simply, if they meet consumers’ tastes.

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The Goods, the Bad, and the Ugly: Data and the food system

The business of agriculture and food is driven by data, making it the treasure trove of shutterstock_77103460today’s agri-food system. Whether it’s today’s soil moisture, tomorrow’s weather forecast, or the price of rice in Riyadh, every bit of data can improve the efficiency with which the world’s 570 million farmers put food into the mouths of its soon-to-be eight billion consumers. Digital technologies are facilitating the flow of data through the food system, shrinking information asymmetries and fashioning new markets along the way. How can we ensure these new markets are appropriately contested, and the treasure does not end up in the hands of a couple of gunslingers? Is there a public sector’s role in generating and disseminating data that on the one hand encourages innovation and competition and on the other reduces opportunities for market capture? One place to look may be at the crossroads of internet and public goods.

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The Safe Food Imperative: Accelerating Progress in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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  • Unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies US$ 110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year.
  • Preventative measures—including greater investment, better regulatory frameworks and measures that promote behavior change—can help countries avoid food safety problems
  • An inclusive approach to food safety management that makes food safety a shared responsibility among government, farmers, food businesses and consumers will be most effective

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eC2: Food Fortification Best Practices Study

Deadline: 11-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) food_waste_garbage
Compile and list by criteria to be defined by IFC Industry Specialists where fortification using micronutrient is currently recommended to be used along the food value chain; Extend the research to ingredients that might enhance the nutritional value/profile of other foodstuffs (such as whey in dairy products, pulses in bakery, etc.); Investigate and list whenever possible industrial/processing best practices to improve foodstuff nutritional content/profile (e.g. how to correctly fortify flour) in the main industries IFC Agribusiness invests in; or to avoid potentially harmful content.
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Feeding the world from Nigeria, one fish at a time

When I was growing up in rural Nigeria in the ‘80s and ‘90s, agriculture was already a central part of my life.  As a child, I gained farm experience working with my father, who was a veterinarian.  My mother, a teacher, would send me off to school each day with the parting words, “Go out there and be the best amongst equals.”  This is still the motto by which I try to live.

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eC2: Indonesia Agriculture Insurance Value Chain Mapping

Deadline: 24-Oct-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The IFC Indonesia Agriculture Insurance project objective is to contribute to increased _DSC8598investments in agriculture and rural communities by introducing insurance solutions to reduce the risks faced by farmers and lenders/businesses working with farmers due to adverse weather events/risks related to climate change (drought/flood/hurricane, etc.).

IFC invites proposals from qualified consultants/firms to conduct Value Chain Mapping of Agriculture commodities in Indonesia, with the objective of identifying promising Agriculture (index) insurance opportunities at different points along the value chain of at least 3 to 4 Agriculture commodities for this project.

The mapping is to provide a clear picture on: 1) Key agriculture commodities to target; 2) Market size/potential – number of farmers & premium volume; and 3) Distribution partners (Agribusinesses, banks, farmers organizations).

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eC2: Enhancement of Agricultural Perishable Goods Logistics in Haiti Establishing Food logistics Centers

Deadline: 28-Jul-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – WasAgrabusiness-Story-Bannerhington D.C.)

This component of the “Haiti DTIS implementation project” will produce a Feasibility Study for Collection and Treatment Centers or Logistic Platform suitable for perishables crops located in an agribusiness industrial park promoted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. This study will include the assessment of the financial, economic, security, engineering, and market demand aspects of the stages in the Logistic Platform (processing, storage and inspection), as well as the required supporting road infrastructure.
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SM15 Preview: Future of Food

Future of Food: A Conversation with Jim Yong Kim & David Chang

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 15:00 – 16:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: WBG Headquarters, Atrium & Online

  Join the conversation with @worldbanklive & #Food4All and follow @momofuku, @themadfeed, @chygovera, @Gastromotiva

People have different ideas about what the future of food will look like, but everyone can agree on what it should deliver: a food system that can feed everyone, every day, everywhere.

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