First International Forum on Food Security and Nutrition Public Policies, Medellin, Colombia. Institute Director Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez makes a presentation on the importance of solid evaluation and monitoring systems for Food Security policies and programs.

Focus group for qualitative assessment on Food Security in DR Congo funded by ADRA. The study found that the central problems were the dramatic situation of hunger, food insecurity, undernutrition and illness, mainly in child and women. The prevalence of severe food insecurity very high at household and individual levels (more than 90%). In children, 50% showed a syptom of illness and undernutrition (52% are stunted in South Kivu).

Farmers from Tz’olöj Ya’ (Guatemala) learning how to produce insect repellents. The use of these instead of chemical pesticides is beneficial for human and environmental health.

Ajtikonela’ ajTz’olöj Ya’, Iximulew, nkitijoj ki’ rub’anom ri taq aq’alil elesajb’äl chikopi’. Rukusaxik lala’ ütz chuwäch ri kamisb’äl chikopi’ roma ri winaqi nkikusaxik chuqa’ roma ruwäch ulew.

Intensive agriculture horticulture fields in Tz'olöj Ya', Guatemala. A Canadian development project founded a successful farmer cooperative here, but also promoted the use of highly dangerous toxic pesticides.

Ri taq tiko'n ichaj pa Tz'olöj Ya, Iximulew. Jun to'ik ajKanadá xb'an jun molaj kichin ri taq ajtikonela' wawe, po xtijoj chuqa' rukusaxïk ri kamisb'äl ni'ix.

An eight year-old boy in the Afar region of Ethiopia shows McGill PhD candidate, Pauley Tedoff, how to milk a camel. This boy does not go to school in order to work full-time herding and milking camels, an important source of income and food for his family.

Community Schools for Family Agriculture in Nariño, Colombia. The main objective of these schools is to enhance the production and consumption of high-quality diets rich in micronutrients; improve food security and sovereignty conditions; promote gender equity; strengthen management capacities and political participation; and contribute to the construction of autonomy at the individual, household, organizational and community levels. 

A local enumerator takes the mid-upper arm circumference of a mother who is participating in a four-country study that the Institute for Global Food Security is carrying out in collaboration with CARE Canada in Southern Africa. Mid-upper arm circumference is a measurement that indicates nutrition status of adults. Different anthropometric measurements were taken on this mother’s child to determine his nutrition status.

Participating in a local festival in Calamarca City, Bolivia.

McGill Institute for Global Food Security