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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.

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.

Agriculture-nutrition linkages: Linking agriculture and food security to nutrition improvement

This desk review aims to providing insights and evidence on the linkages between programmes and interventions in agricultural development and food security and nutrition improvement of vulnerable groups.

The desk review was undertaken as a first step in an exercise in which in two pilot countries the possibilities for actually linking nutritional objectives to programmes in food security development were explored. 

Viewing agriculture nutrition linkages along the smallholder value chain

This report is a synthesis of existing global knowledge on improving nutrition through agriculture using a smallholder value chain approach. The smallholder value chain model used by the desk review concentrates on both producers and consumers and is centred around three pathways: improved nutrition resulting from increased production for own consumption, improved nutrition through increased income from selling agricultural products, and improved nutrition through increased income resulting from farmers’ involvement in local or regional procurement programs. 

Nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems in practice

Developed through leveraging different expertise in FAO, Nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems in practice. Options for intervention is a key resource to assist professionals involved in different areas - from breeding to production; from food transformation and packaging to transportation and trade; from marketing and value chain to food safety; from food labelling to consumer education - to understand the linkages with nutrition.

Access to food and improved nutrition at the base of the pyramid

In this study, based on the analysis of 16 cases and expert interviews, five different business interventions for Base of the Pyramid (BoP) ventures were identified that achieve social impact, financial sustainability and, potentially, scale.

The Lancet’s Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition 2008 and 2013

The Lancet published two recent series on Maternal and Child Nutrition. Maternal and child undernutrition, consisting of stunting, wasting and deficiencies of essential vitamins and minerals, was the subject of a Series of papers in The Lancet in 2008. The second Series of paper published in 2013, 5 years after the initial series, re-evaluate the problems of maternal and child undernutrition and also examine the growing problems of overweight and obesity for women and children and their consequences in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Copenhagen Consensus 2008 Challenge Paper: Hunger and Malnutrition

The Challenge paper does a very good job of presenting the major malnutrition problems facing the developing world and then discussing the different interventions that have been typically deployed to address these problems. The paper pulls together data on the cost-effectiveness of various nutritional interventions from the literature, and then calculates benefit-cost ratios for these interventions under alternative assumptions about the discount rate and disability-adjusted life years (DALY) saved.

Nutrition and Food Security Impacts of Agriculture Projects. A Review of Experience

Author: J. Levinson, USAID's Infant & Young Child Nutrition Project (IYCN)

Publication Date: 2011

This document summarizes IYCN’s review of more than 30 years of studies examining food security and nutrition impacts of agricultural projects in low-income countries.

Increasing cash crop productivity through improved nutrition: A call to action

This series of concept briefs analyse the cocoa, coffee and tea production statistics compared with nutritional data in major producing countries for these agricultural cash crops. It demonstrates the consequences of under-nutrition for the sector. Maps initially present the dimensions of under-nutrition in cash crop producing areas in developing countries. After which interventions for combining Good Agricultural Practice with Good Nutritional Practices are outlined.