Based on input from a variety of sources, we are planning an exciting set of research and capacity activities to try to transform the way we think about and act to reduce undernutrition. We will give it a soft launch in the summer, complete with a web address etc.
In the course of our discussions, I asked the consortium partners about the best nutrition blogs out there. I was met with blank faces. No-one could, off the top of their heads think of blogs dedicated to nutrition that did the key bloggy things: inform, link, champion, campaign and, most importantly, critique. There are interesting articles scattered around World Bank blogs, a few in Global Food for Thought, From Poverty to Power, but very few blogs focusing on nutrition.
The critiquing aspect is the most important, I think. The nutrition bandwagon is up and rolling, but this makes it ever more vital to be self aware and self critical. We cannot succumb to our own hype.
Here are the blogs I found from a 45 minute internet search. Hardly any of the blogs talk about research, data or policy. They are mostly focused on front line perspectives. These are very insightful, but we need some of the other stuff too.
Interestingly, there are no blogs from UNICEF, IFPRI or the UN's Standing Committee on Nutrition. Come on guys, get with it.
Readers, please let me know of any blog gems I have missed. Thanks.
In no particular order:
- The Hunger and Undernutrition Blog by Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins who is the Managing Director of Humanitas Global Development, an international development consulting firm based in Washington, DC
- The Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition is a community of practitioners currently reaching more than 3500 members from across the world’s five continents. Hosted by FAO.
- Save the Children Blogs showcases views of individual staff members.
- 1000 Days is a partnership of the US State Dept, GAIN, InterAction
- You are what you eat by Jessica Fanzo
- Action Against Hunger Blog. Has good frontline accounts.
- Scaling Up Nutrition Does not have its own blog, but lists a few blog articles