Agriculture For Nutrition and Health
Welcome to the website of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health! The starting point for this research program is that agricultural practices, interventions, and policies can be better adapted and redesigned to maximize health and nutrition benefits and to reduce health risks. The primary focus will be on improving human nutrition and health by bringing together research and development professionals across the agriculture, nutrition, and health (ANH) sectors to jointly tackle key challenges and design joint solutions.
(Cross-posted on the PIM website.)
How can research generate policy-relevant evidence? How can we increase the likelihood that evidence is used effectively by decision-makers? How can researchers ensure that research serves as a “catalyst” to boost the effectiveness of policies and programs?
From November 18-20th, a group of more than 50 policy experts, researchers, and practitioners from the agriculture, natural resource management, nutrition, and health sectors convened at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC to try and answer some of these tough questions during the “Workshop on Approaches and Methods for Policy Process Research. This event was co-sponsored by the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), both led by IFPRI.
The Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), a partner of A4NH, is inviting the submission of abstracts for its 4th Annual Research Conference, to be held at Birkbeck College in London, from June 3-4th, 2014. This year’s theme is agri-food policy and governance for nutrition and health. read more...
(Washington, DC)- Aflatoxins—naturally occurring fungal toxins that contaminate grains and other crops— pose one of the world’s most significant food safety risks, particularly in developing countries. On November 5, IFPRI will launch a series of 19 policy briefs on managing aflatoxins as part of IFPRI’s 2020 Vision Initiative and under the auspices of the IFPRI-led CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).
(Naivasha, Kenya) From October 7-9th, the Program Management Committee (PMC) and Center Focal Points (CFPs) for the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) met in Naivasha, Kenya for their fourth biannual meeting. Together, the PMC and CFPs help drive the program by overseeing planning, management, and evaluation activities. These meetings provide a rare opportunity for A4NH partners to gather face-to-face to examine CRP progress and challenges, and to discuss upcoming research plans.
(Washington, DC)- Last week, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) joined with partners Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe in launching the 2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report—the eighth in an annual series. The report presents a multidimensional measure of national, regional, and global hunger. It shows that the world has made some progress in reducing hunger since 1990, but still has far to go. World hunger remains “serious,” and 19 countries suffer from levels of hunger that are either “alarming” or “extremely alarming.
On October 16, CGIAR—along with countless individuals and organizations worldwide—observed World Food Day, a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1945 to reflect on the state of world hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and agricultural food production. This year’s theme was healthy food systems for better health and nutrition.
Today we are proud to release our inaugural A4NH annual report, coinciding with the start of our 4th Center Focal Point & Planning and Management Committee Meeting held in Kenya.
Farmers are growing more food than ever. Yet, insufficient diets and micronutrient deficiencies remain among the most pressing nutritional problems worldwide, especially among commonly neglected groups such as women and children. In addition, diseases that are spread through unsafe food and between animals and humans disproportionately threaten the health and livelihoods of the world’s poor.
A4NH was created to help ensure that agricultural practices, interventions, and policies will maximize health and nutrition benefits, while reducing health risks.
“Agriculture, as a source of food and income and as an engine of growth, has the potential to significantly and sustainably improve poor people’s nutrition and health. A4NH is designed to do just this,” according to Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI, the lead Center for A4NH.
While at the 20th International Congress of Nutrition in Granada, Spain last month, A4NH researchers from Lead Center, IFPRI, joined together with fellow authors to launch a new book, The Road to Good Nutrition: A Global Perspective. The book is a collaborative effort that brought together global experts to examine issues such as stunting, food insecurity, and hidden hunger, all of which threaten the nutritional status of the world’s population.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), partner of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), recently created a 3-minute video introducing its work addressing one of the key themes of A4NH: the prevention and control of agriculture-associated diseases. The video offers a concise glimpse into a very big problem affecting poor families worldwide.
As ILRI states in the video, one third of the world’s population still grows their own food or buys local food in markets. Yet, the food poor people grow, buy, and eat often makes them sick. The social and financial impacts of sickness on poor families are far-reaching.
The A4NH program seeks to improve the nutrition and health of poor people through agriculture while mitigating the risks posed by diseases that are spread through food and water, and those passed from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases). To learn more, visit our page on A4NH’s work in the prevention and control of agriculture-associated diseases.
Washington, D.C., August 12, 2013. A study just published in the, Journal of Nutrition shows that pearl millet bred to contain more iron can provide young children with their full daily iron needs.
Pearl millet is an important staple food in semi-arid regions of India and Africa, where iron deficiency is widespread. Lack of iron impairs mental development and increases fatigue. Severe anemia, often caused by iron deficiency, increases the risk of women dying in childbirth. These new varieties of pearl millet are being conventionally bred to provide more dietary iron to rural farming communities in arid drought-prone regions where few other crops thrive.