Nutritional NEWS: Technology tackles malnutrition

A new tool to promote food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa, the Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS), uses indicators related to climate, government budgets, infrastructure, diets and agricultural systems to formulate country-specific risk assessments of food crises. By alerting decision-makers to nutrition threats and offering tailored resolutions before a crisis breaks out, the tool seeks to deliver proactive solutions rather than reactive responses. The alert system, developed by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, is facilitated by a machine-learning component that uses algorithms to identify nutritional patterns and trends as new information becomes available. The more data NEWS processes, the greater its capacity to detect warning signs and offer locally relevant recommendations.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.