A Big Data Approach to Malnutrition

Dr. Mercy Lung’aho barely survived her birth. She was anemic, like her mother, and weighed under a pound. Her life was at risk because of a disease that plagues one in nine people worldwide and one in four people in Sub-Saharan Africa: malnutrition.

Lung’aho, a Nutritionist and Research Scientist with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), is now at work developing a Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS) that could help predict and prevent malnutrition. “If Google can do driverless cars, and we can tell a coffeemaker to start brewing while we’re still asleep,” says Lung’aho, “we can do something about malnutrition.”


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