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The Burren: Ireland's Living Classroom

It is not often that farmers set out to purposefully degrade the natural landscape, erode the soils they till, and destroy the fragile balances of biodiversity. Farmers are not illogical people. Instead, for decades, they have been responding to a single set of signals coming from the marketplace – produce more, and do it more efficiently.

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The Rise of Ireland's "Green Empathy"

Across Ireland, people are resurrecting the traditional Irish practice of “meitheal,” the idea of harnessing community spirit through collective action around individual projects, as a way to elevate how people in cities are consuming food. They are part of a nationwide movement that is dramatically increasing the number of people who are actively involved in growing and producing their own food.

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Nutrients for All: Thriving Ecosystems for Productive, Resilient Food Systems

Natural ecosystems ensure that vital nutrients flow from soils to food to people. Thriving ecosystems are the bedrock of healthy nutrient chains, the basis of all life on the planet.

So what’s the issue?

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3 Lessons for Food Companies

One panel discussion at Ashoka’s recent Globalizer Summit in Frankfurt, Germany, “Fighting the ‘Hidden Hunger,” brought together stakeholders from various sectors, including funding agencies, agri-businesses, think tanks, nutrition organizations, and social entrepreneurs who were interested in growing a global nutrient economy.

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e’Pap Mandela Day - 67 Minutes

At Benmore Gardens Johannesburg we celebrated International Mandela Day.  Many joined us to feed the hungry, the nutritional way.

This marked the start of our International e’Pap Challenge campaign to feed 1,000,000 e’Pap meal portions making everyday a Mandela day. Already Headline Leisure has kicked off the campaign with 100,000 meal portions and people in the USA and Switzerland have made commitments to join in with another 50,000 meal portions.

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Food Fortification in the Midst of Political Turmoil

Political turmoil and related conflicts can dictate the amount and quality of nutrients accessible to everyday people. Coverage of the Arab Spring has brought to light the dire circumstances still faced by many in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Some activists found success in overthrowing authoritarian governments, but the post-revolution economic improvements for which protesters fought have not been as forthcoming as many had hoped.

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Double Win for Haiti: Human Waste into Valuable Fertilizer

SOIL is enabling communities in Haiti to transform human waste into a resource for sustainable livelihoods, agriculture, and reforestation. The organization is creating a lasting impact by seeding a new economy based on nutrients—one that a multinational corporation is now pledging to support.

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Double Win for Haiti: Human Waste into Valuable Fertilizer

SOIL is enabling communities in Haiti to transform human waste into a resource for sustainable livelihoods, agriculture, and reforestation. The organization is creating a lasting impact by seeding a new economy based on nutrients—one that a multinational corporation is now pledging to support.

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Contract farming

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Contract Farming has been in existence for many years as a means of organizing the commercial agricultural production of both large & small scale farmers. In an age of market liberalization and globalization, small farmers stand high chance of not reaping the benefit of the global market economy. Today, ‘Contract Farming’ is an effective way to co-ordinate and promote production and marketing in agriculture, however, this may change the traditional practices of the small farmers having consequence on their livelihood, lifestyle and progress.

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5 Lessons from the Nutrients for All Globalizer

What happens when you get business-minded social sector leaders in the same room with social-minded business leaders? Apart from heated debate, you begin to not only see the challenges to the status quo, but a series of collaborative solutions. This “scaling impact” model is Ashoka’s secret sauce for pushing its network of social entrepreneurs to think beyond the local and begin to envision the global.

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Food Hero: Basil Kransdorff, Creator of e’Pap

Basil Kransdorff is an Ashoka fellow and creator of e’Pap, a revolutionary pre-prepared foodstuff packed with nutrients. Kransdorff and his wife, Rose, developed e’Pap, which rapidly improves nutrition, energy, and productivity for those consuming it. e’Pap offers repletion based on nutrients rather than empty calories from processed foods with fortifications.

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Ashoka Hosts Globalizer Event in Frankfurt, Germany - June 3-4

The Globalizer Summit will share the vision of Nutrients for All: Vitality for People and the Planet and showcase the social innovators, businesses, and international organizations who are leading this movement from every corner of the world.

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#SocEntChat on Creating Sustainable Solutions through Nutrients

On Wednesday, May 29th from 11:30am – 1pm EST, Join Ashoka Changemakers for a Twitter Discussion (#SocEntChat) on the power, the impact, and the future of Nutrients for All – and how we can go beyond “raising awareness” to create sustainable and innovative solutions for delivering nutrients.

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Mayor Bloomberg Kicks Off New Competition for Young Black and Latino Men

How can young black and Latino men strengthen communities across New York City, and spearhead new solutions that will inspire the nation?

Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men's Initiative (YMI) and Ashoka Changemakers launched the My Voice, Our City: What will you do? online competition to find out.

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Google+ Hangout: the Rise of Nutrients for All Companies

Nutrients are the connecting thread between us, the food we eat, and the soil that it comes from, relating to nearly every aspect of life. The complex, and remarkable, thing about making nutrients available for human beings is it requires making nutrients available for all—for ecosystems, soils, farms, plants, animals, and ourselves.

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#SocEntChat Summary on Innovation through Nutrients

Have you ever watched kids pluck green vegetables off of plants and gobble them up like candy? The pleasures of wholesome food go beyond good taste and good health. Eating well-fresh, uncontaminated, responsibly-sourced food is as good for the Earth and other species as it is for our bodies – and this is exactly what the focal point became for last week’s Nutrients for All #SocEntChat.

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Not Enough Cooks in the Kitchen

Home cooking was the norm for most urban Indonesian households during the 1990s: eating out was considered a luxury. Choices of processed and frozen foods in supermarkets were limited or considered costly for most middle-income families. Similarly, eating out at fast food chains like Kentucky Fried Chicken, among the first in the market, could be only a weekly treat at the time.

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#SocEntChat on Innovation through Nutrients

Today, more and more media coverage is highlighting the negative results of our global food economy, from degraded ecosystems and unsustainable agricultural practices to lack of access to nutrient-rich foods. If THAT’s not bad enough, childhood stunting, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and a host of other health problems are debilitating our global society and economy.

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Debunking the Myths behind Food Fortification

In a world of rising food prices, the majority of low-income people simply cannot access enough micronutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy to meet their dietary needs. It has been widely documented that families with reduced purchasing power substitute expensive nutritious foods with cheaper, less nutritious, but “stomach-filling” foods. This approach, practiced over a long period of time, leads to malnutrition.

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Stopping Micronutrient Deficiencies: Q&A with GAIN’s Rebecca Spohrer on Food Fortification

Micronutrient deficiency is one of the most common public health problems in developing countries. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies account for about 10% of the global health burden with the most prominent ones including iron, vitamin A, iodine, zinc and folic acid.

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Nutrients for All Competition Open for Entries!

Ashoka’s Nutrients for All and Ashoka Changemakers are excited to launch Nutrients for All: Vitality for People and the Planet, a new competition in search of your innovative solutions that will ensure the availability of nutrients for healthy, natural ecosystems, farms, food, and people.

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Fortifying Food, Fighting Malnutrition

Two billion people in developing and transitioning countries suffer from a lack of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals in their diet. Among the consequences of such micronutrient deficiency are night blindness, higher infant, child and maternal mortality as well as a weakened immune system. Contributing to the cycle is the fact that many people do not know they are malnourished, nor are they aware of the benefits of fortified foods. 

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Announcing the Nutrients for All Photo Campaign!

You are invited to participate in the Ashoka Changemakers Nutrients for All Photo Campaign!

As part of a broader movement to engage with all those who have a stake and a role in the nutrient economy, we are trying to find out what does it really mean for food to be "nutritious" and "nutrient-rich."

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World Health Day 2013: “Modern” Food and High Blood Pressure

It won’t be long—in the near future you will be able to measure more than just the nutrient content of what you eat. More important, you will be able to measure the outcome: your nutritional status. 

And because you will be able to easily measure your vital signs, tracking them on your smart phone, you will be able to see your blood pressure going down week by week as your nutrition level rises, and you exercise more. What we eat fundamentally affects our health. 

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Investing in Local Food Businesses for Community Health and Wealth

Did you know that more than a dozen studies (see Civic Economics and New Economics Foundation) have shown that every dollar spent at a locally owned business generates two-to-four times the economic development impacts as a dollar spent on an equivalent non-local business?

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Nutrients for All: A New Value Paradigm

When you think about what you eat, how do you decide?

Is it the taste; the number of calories; the flashy, but vague manufacturer health claims? Do you think about the nutritional value?

When a manufacturer processes food, how does he decide the method?

Is squeezing out the most profit by volume? Is preserving it for reaching the world’s most remote places? Is there profit in preserving or adding to a product’s nutritional value?

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A Deal with the Devil? Should health care advocates partner with “Big Food”?

The landscape of investments in nutrition is evolving. Globalization has enabled a variety of industry groups to actively engage in the business of nutrition in many emerging economies. As we think about developing sustainable nutrient economies for the BoP, it is important to consider how we should engage with the major corporate players in the food industry. The following blog describes the potential pros and cons of working with “Big Food” to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases - and the balancing act these collaborations often require.

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Nutrients: the connecting thread of global health

Is there a thread that connects the world’s gravest health issues, such as malnutrition, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, maternal health and undernourishment during pregnancy, and malaria? Can we draw a connection between malnutrition and heart disease, or should we be treating each health issue on a case-by-case basis?

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Google+ Hangout #5 RECAP: Nutrients in the Health Sector - Emphasizing Wellness and Vitality

On March 21st,  Ashoka Changemakers hosted a game-changing Google+ Hangout discussion on how to creating a wellness society through nutrient flows. The fifth conversation included a diverse panel of participants that all tackled health from a unique perspective. The goal? To have them come together to the same table – or in our case, the same Hangout:

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