If we look at why we need food—that is, for our bodies to receive the nutrients they need to perform at their best—then food security is really about nutrition security. When we look at how climate change affects whether “all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food” we must keep nutrition at the forefront of the conversation.
Now that the Ebola outbreak is subsiding, it’s time for affected countries to revisit ways to improve nutrition and prevent infections.
Before participating in farmer field schools (FFS), Rajopa, a stay-at-home mother of four young children, struggled to survive on her husband’s low income. In order to provide sufficient food for her family, Rajopa decided to join a SPRING-led FFS that would use the family’s land that had previously been uncultivated.
One kilometer outside of Ourossogui, in the Matam Region of Senegal, Sambo’s 4-year old daughter walks towards her father, crossing a field planted with a wide variety of nutritious crops. Her skirt is turned up into a makeshift basket and stuffed with white beans—a reliable source of protein for childhood growth and micronutrients that promote brain development.