Nutritional Stunting

David Harrison on the urgent need for child and mother nutrition

7 April was World Health Day.  During an interview on CNBC Africa’s programme Open Exchange, our CEO, David Harrison explains how improving the nutrition of children can dramatically improve the economic growth of Africa.

Posted on 9 Apr 2015


New evidence of the positive effects of cognitive stimulation and nutrition interventions for under-2s

Written by: Fiona Burtt, 24 June 2014 An article published last week in international medical journal, The Lancet,[1] showcases new evidence of the encouraging effects of ECD interventions for young children, demonstrating that: A responsive stimulation and/or enhanced nutrition intervention works for children up to two years old; and A responsive stimulation intervention that positively affects […]

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Posted on 26 Jun 2014


Make a difference – support a food garden farmer

It is difficult to make a success of food gardening – as I have learned through many a failed attempt. I have been inspired though by Abalimi Bezekhaya who runs a training and support programme, Harvest of Hope, for food garden farmers in the Western Cape.  Through this programme every farmer is supported and trained […]

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Posted on 7 Feb 2013


Tackling the challenge of intestinal worms: A rural ECD perspective

Intestinal worms and their impact on child health and development is a major health issue throughout the country but particularly in rural areas where lack of adequate sanitation and the large number of free roaming livestock and domestic animals exacerbate the problem. Through their early childhood development programme the Angus Gillis Charitable Trust is trying […]

Posted on 31 Jan 2013


Mentor Mothers Eastern Cape: Philani’s Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Rural Initiative

Philani has developed a home based maternal, child health and nutrition model in an effort to work with the South African government in reaching the Millennium Development goals (4 & 5).  Their model has been shown to be effective in an urban setting and in this Learning Brief they share the results and lessons that […]

Posted on 1 Jun 2012


What good are food gardens? A brief review of South African literature

Even though South Africa is relatively food secure, more than 14 million people (35%) are vulnerable to food insecurity and there are high rates of malnutrition amongst young children.  Can food gardens be an effective nutrition intervention? Justine Jowell investigated the possibilities on behalf of DGMT, looking in particular at nutrition for children aged 0-5 […]

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Posted on 10 Feb 2012