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NUTRItion and CLIMate (NUTRICLIM): investigating the relationship between climate variables and childhood malnutrition through agriculture, an exploratory study in Burkina Faso

Sorgho, Raissa ; Franke, Jonas ; Simboro, Seraphin ; Phalkey, Revati ; Sauerborn, Rainer

In: Public Health Reviews, 37 (2016), Nr. 16. pp. 1-5. ISSN 2107-6952

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Abstract

Malnutrition remains a leading cause of death in children in low- and middle-income countries; this will be aggravated by climate change. Annually, 6.9 million deaths of children under 5 were attributable directly or indirectly to malnutrition. Although these figures have recently decreased, evidence shows that a world with a medium climate (local warming up to 3–4°C) will create an additional 25.2 million malnourished children. This proof of concept study explores the relationships between childhood malnutrition (more specifically stunting), regional agricultural yields, and climate variables through the use of remote sensing (RS) satellite imaging along with algorithms to predict the effect of climate variability on agricultural yields and on malnutrition of children under 5. The success of this proof of purpose study, NUTRItion and CLIMate (NUTRICLIM), should encourage researchers to apply both concept and tools to study of the link between weather variability, crop yield, and malnutrition on a larger scale. It would also allow for linking such micro-level data to climate models and address the challenge of projecting the additional impact of childhood malnutrition from climate change to various policy relevant time horizons.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Public Health Reviews
Volume: 37
Number: 16
Publisher: Presses de l'EHESP; BioMed Central
Place of Publication: Rennes
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 11:22
Date: 2016
ISSN: 2107-6952
Page Range: pp. 1-5
Faculties / Institutes: Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg > Institut für Public Health (IPH)
Subjects: 610 Medical sciences Medicine
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