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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; Saeurborn, Rainer

Authors

Raissa Sorgho

Jonas Franke

Seraphin Simboro

Revati Phalkey

Rainer Saeurborn



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 variable 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.

Citation

Sorgho, R., Franke, J., Simboro, S., Phalkey, R., & Saeurborn, R. (in press). NUTRItion and CLIMate (NUTRICLIM): investigating the relationship between climate variables and childhood malnutrition through agriculture, an exploratory study in Burkina Faso. Public Health Reviews, 37(16), https://doi.org/10.1186/s40985-016-0031-6

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 22, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 6, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 2, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 2, 2016
Journal Public Health Reviews
Electronic ISSN 2107-6952
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 16
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s40985-016-0031-6
Keywords Malnutrition, Low- and middle-income countries, Climate change, Stunting, Remote sensing, Weather
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38414
Publisher URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40985-016-0031-6
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Additional Information The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/
publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.

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