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Chronic Malnutrition in Madagascar: A Problem Landscape with Local Solutions

Bethany Old, Masters candidate, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University Madagascar has the fourth-highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world (The World Bank, 2018). The country is rich in fruits, vegetables, and legume diversity but nutrition education remains critically low. I served in the education sector of Peace Corps Madagascar from 2015-2018 in […]



Learning from a Loss: The story of Winnie, a rare lemur with an even rarer disease

An aye-aye’s cancer diagnosis brings together veterinarians, doctors, and scientists from NC and around the world  By Sally Bornbusch, Ph.D. Originally published in December 2021 in Issue 3 of the Duke Lemur Center’s annual magazine. On June 24, 2020, the DLC welcomed its eighth infant of the season: a rare baby aye-aye. Named “Winifred” after […]



Agriculture, socioeconomics, and food security in the SAVA

What are the links among agriculture, socioeconomics, and food security in the SAVA region of Madagascar? Preliminary report on research results by Nestorine, Ardhilles Andriantinefiarijaona, Esperio Jaozandry, and James P. Herrera   Background Food insecurity, malnutrition, and deforestation are global challenges facing low-and middle-income countries, particularly in the tropics. In 2017, more than 800 million […]



“Poop Soup”: When the gut’s internal ecosystem goes awry, could this gross-sounding treatment make it right?

When the gut’s internal ecosystem goes awry, could an ancient if gross-sounding treatment make it right? By Robin Smith, Ph.D. Originally published on the Duke Research blog on November 17, 2021. Read the original here.  Dr. Cathy Williams knew something wasn’t right. The veterinarian had felt off for weeks after her 2014 trip to Madagascar. […]