Improving nutrition through biofortification

A review of evidence from HarvestPlus, 2003 through 2016

This paper, authored by 2016 World Food Prize winner, Howarth Bouis and his colleague Amy Saltzman, both of the International Food Policy Research Institute, describes work under the HarvestPlus program on the global level on biofortification of staple foods to overcome micronutrient deficiencies.

The Minimum Cost of a Healthy Diet

This report presents the findings relating to the cost and affordability of the cheapest possible diet in four study locations. In 2006, Save the Children initiated a pilot research programme to quantify the extent to which households could afford to feed their children under the age of 2, and a whole family of 5 people, with a diet meeting minimum requirements of macro and micronutrients.

Improving nutrition through multisectoral approaches

This report responds to the global development community’s request for operational guidance to maximize the impact of investments on nutrition outcomes for women and young children.

Diversifying Food and Diets

The publication Diversifying Food and Diets revisits the role agricultural biodiversity can play in improving dietary diversity and health outcomes in a world where 868 million people are undernourished, 195 million children under the age of five are stunted and over 1 billion people are overweight and obese.

A systematic review of agricultural interventions that aim to improve nutritional status of children

This report is a systematic review of the impact of potential „win-win‟ agricultural interventions that aim to improve children‟s nutritional status by improving the incomes and the diet of the rural poor.

Overview of nutrition sensitive food systems. Policy options and knowledge gaps

This brief provides an overview of how the nutrition-sensitivity of food systems can be increased. The first section catalogues policies which impact nutrition – inadvertently or deliberately - via food systems. The second section discusses mediating variables which can increase or decrease the efficacy of those policies. The third section cites gaps in the knowledge base used to inform current discussions of nutrition-sensitive food systems.

Repositioning Nutrition as Central to Development: A Strategy for Large-Scale Action

This report argues that there are long and short routes to improving nutrition. Higher incomes and better food security improve nutrition over the longer term, but malnutrition is not simply the result of food insecurity

Milk and dairy products in human nutrition

Milk and dairy products are a vital source of nutrition for many people. They also present livelihood opportunities for farm families, processors and other stakeholders in dairy value chains. Consumers, industry and governments need up-to-date information on how milk and dairy products can contribute to human nutrition and how dairy-industry development can best contribute to increasing food security and alleviating poverty.

Addressing Malnutrition Multisectorally

Jim Levinson and Yarlini Balarajan of UNICEF New York and Alessandra Marini of the World Bank present three major case studies from Peru, Brazil and Bangladesh, but also a historical review of multisectoral nutrition activities in several other countries around the world.

Access to Food and Improved Nutrition at the Base of the Pyramid

Improving food and nutrition security through better availability, accessibility, and utilization of food and food products is a complex challenge. After all, it involves a sector where key activities (such as the production, distribution and consumption of food and the identification of food markets) are largely in the hands of private enterprises.