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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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#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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Improving Access to Quinoa Based Products

Quinoa has gained unprecedented popularity in the last ten years: 2013 was declared "the year of the Quinoa” by United Nations, it is a hot item on restaurants menus and consumers are happily experimenting with it in their home kitchens.  So, despite its alternate grain status, it is quickly becoming a household name.

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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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For World Water Day - Cooperation is Key

The theme of this year’s world water day is ‘cooperation’. At first glance, cooperation might appear a somewhat passive sentiment; but, in the context of the global water challenge, meaningful change and progress will only happen through cooperation, collaboration and partnerships.

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Shaping a Market for Nutrient Economies – Part 2: The Value of Partnerships

By Lisa Smith, Writer for NextBillion

The forces of supply and demand generally keep a free market humming – but not always.

In Part 1 of this blog, we explored what happens when a thriving market doesn’t emerge for needed products, and how supply-side market interventions can help. But how do these interventions work in practice?

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The Inextricable Link Between Health and Nutrition: How strategic design can change health behaviors

There are numerous links between health and nutrition, ones that are often overlooked in the broader conversation around delivering health care. Whether we are talking about creating a “Nutrients for All” world or “Transforming Health Systems,” the goal is to treat the problem within its natural environment.

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The inextricable link between health and nutrition

 

There are numerous links between health and nutrition, ones that are often overlooked in the broader conversation around delivering health care. Whether we are talking about creating a “Nutrients for All” world or “Transforming Health Systems,” the goal is to treat the problem within its natural environment.

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Ashoka Changemakers “Health Ideas” Week: Transforming Global Health and Nutrition through Innovation

When it comes to health and wellness, everything is connected. The soil that yields a nation’s staple crop is tied to the growth and development of its youngest citizens. The policies passed at the government level ultimately determine who can, and cannot, afford to seek lifesaving treatments.  

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Nutrients for All: Bioavailability, Food Fortification, and Insecurity

Good nutrition is about bioavailability.

It’s estimated that 35% of the global burden of disease could be eradicated by good nutrition. Despite food fortification initiatives and food aid, malnutrition remains an urgent problem worldwide, causing half of all child deaths, aggravating HIV and TB epidemics, and costing nations billions of dollars in health expenditures and lost human productivity.

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Google+ Hangout #4: Food Processing and Fortification to Redefine the Value of Food

“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.”

The food industry plays a pivotal role in making “Nutrients for All” a reality.

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How a Nutrient Economy Can Save Our Farmers, Our Health and Our Environment

Editor's Note: This article was orginally published in Forbes.comLogan Yonavjak (@Loganyon) explains the potential benefits of a new system of food production—a new economy—in which nutrients are viewed as currency.

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A Global Economic Opportunity in Rice

More than half of the world’s population depends on rice as a staple crop, including both consumers and growers. Because a world food shortage is looming, we need to do more than just diversify and increase crop output – we need to find a way to turn this dire problem into a global opportunity for economic prosperity, especially for small farm holders.

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Nutrients for All: Agricultural Systems on the Brink

 

Nutrient-rich, healthy food comes from healthy soil and healthy farms. But unsustainable agricultural practices and poor land management around the world are decreasing the nutritional content of crops and threatening our ability to produce food.

99.7 percent of human food comes from cropland, but high-intensity, unsustainable farming is leading to rapid cropland loss. Globally, almost 10 million hectares (equivalent to the state of Indiana) of cropland are lost each year due to soil erosion.

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The Shift to a Nutrient Economy

In South Africa, a highly respected mining engineer is asked by his wife to come up with a solution to a grave problem she’s facing at the hospices at which she works – HIV/AIDS patients are wasting away in spite of the availability of ARVs and of high carbohydrate, high sugar food supplements available through foreign aid programs.

In Zambia, a conservationist is sent to solve a problem during the “season of hunger” – people are poaching elephants, because their own efforts to farm no longer produce the calories they need to feed themselves.

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Google+ Hangout #2: Environment - the Foundation of the Nutrient Economy

This week’s discussion starts at the base of the ecological pyramid – the environmental ecosystem that drives nutrients from the soil to the food we eat, and ultimately, to our bodies.

The dire situation we’re facing is that these engines of nutrition have been polluted and indiscriminately stripped of their living soils and micronutrients. End result? The inability of our ecosystems to support the growing of nutritious food, or more broadly, the biological diversity that is crucial to sustaining life on the planet.

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A New Business Model for Farmers in the Nutrient Economy

You could argue that a more comprehensive, albeit wonky, word for farmer is “nutrient steward.” Think about it. Farmers till soil, manage the flow of water, and do much more to grow the food and fiber products that our society needs to stay fed and clothed.

Unfortunately, most farmers only compensated for the end products, like corn and cotton. In reality, however, farmers are stewarding the nutrient processes that result in these end products, so why shouldn’t they be compensated for these services?

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Google+ Hangout #1: Conversation with the “Nutrients for All” Gurus

 

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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Nutrients for All: Envisioning a New Food System

Being fully nourished is a must for good health, but did you know that the carrot you’re eating today probably has far fewer vitamins and minerals than a carrot grown 50 years ago? Soil depletion, as a result of unsustainable farming methods, is a primary culprit. Another cause of depleted nutrients has been the breeding of new high-yield fruit and vegetable varieties that are less able to manufacture or absorb nutrients from the soil.

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E HealthPoint transforms rural health care by providing access to clean water and affordable treatment

Editor's note: This post was written by Andrea Boston, freelance writer for Ashoka Changemakers.

For many families in developing countries, traveling to a nearby city for a doctor’s visit is expensive and inconvenient, and a lack of safe drinking water can make existing health conditions even worse. E HealthPoint provides low cost, clean water and quality medical treatment to rural Indian communities with a unique technology-based management and delivery system.

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Saúde Criança: A winning innovation for global family health

Editor's note: This post was written by Vanuza Ramos, a Brazilian journalist and collaborator with Ashoka Changemakers, with contributions from Andrea Boston.

The Saúde Criança Association (Children’s Health Association, or ASC), one of Brazil’s most robust health initiatives, has been recognized—not for the first time—for its clever and comprehensive approach to pediatric and family care.

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Congratulations to the Winners of the Innovations for Health Competition!

After thoughtful deliberation, our expert panel of judges has selected three winners in the Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders competition, co-hosted by Ashoka Changemakers and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio.

 

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