Agriculture Nutrition Linkages

The nutrition sensitivity of Agriculture and Food policies- A synthesis of eight country case studies

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This report is a synthesis of eight country cases studies from Brazil, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Thailand. Through the case studies, the report discusses  nutrition-sensitive agriculture and the complex role of how agricultural policies can effectively address nutrition.

Diversifying Food and Diets

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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.

Monitoring and analysing food and agricultural policies in Africa: Synthesis report 2013

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Authors: Angelucci F., Balie J., Gourichon H., Mas Aparisi A. & Witwer M. (for FAO)
Publication date: 2013

The synthesis report by FAO’s Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) team, is the first ever attempt to systematically analyze agriculture and food security policies in several African countries, using common methodology over years.

Feed the Future Innovation Lab

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The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Nutrition is a USAID funded project implemented by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Pathways to Collaborative Action: Transforming agricultural, land and food systems

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Authors: McKenzie, F.
Publicateion date: 2013

This Ecoagriculture Discussion Paper explores the possibilities of taking cross-sectoral collaborative action to break away from business-as-usual. It shows how the complexity of the sustainability challenges makes cross-sectoral collaboration so essential. It highlights how complex non-linear linkages exist between food, agricultural, and land systems. It argues that if we are to effectively operate in this nexus, then we need to seriously reconsider the way we work together.

What do we want? Nutrition sensitive agriculture! How do we incentivise it? No clue

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Lawrence Haddad wrote a blog on the importance of three publications that have been released over the course of the past month (January 2013) in the field of nutrition sensitive agriculture.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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.