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Malnutrition is rarely caused by a simple lack of food, there are usually many political, social and economic factors at play as well. This is true in Niger. It is a region plagued by many problems including drought and poor harvests, but it is also a region where people typically prefer to eat millet porridge three times a day. Children, if lucky enough to be breastfed at all, are usually weaned at 2 or 3 months of age and it is at this point they too start on a purely millet based diet. Wheat does grow here. While not typically eaten in the villages, in the town where I am it is milled, separated, and the white flour is used to make bread. When I found the remaining components of the wheat – the bran and the germ, in the market it was quickly explained to me that they ‘are only for the beasts’. To the shock and horror of all of our local staff, I bought the beasts’ food to make bread. And the idea of the brown bread revolution began…