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.
The theme for this year's International Women’s Day (March 8th) is: 'Equality for women is progress for all.'
The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, 1975. It has evolved into an occasion for reflecting on progress made, a call for change, and celebration of acts of courage and determination by women around the world who have played extraordinary roles in their countries and communities.
(Cross-posted from HarvestPlus website.)
DAVOS, Switzerland, January 23, 2014. HarvestPlus and World Vision today signed a MoU at the World Economic Forum in Davos, making a commitment to work together to improve nutrition for hundreds of millions of people around the world who suffer from hidden hunger.
(Cross-posted from the IFPRI South Asia website, written by Vaishali Dassani.)
The per capita demand for pulses is declining in India. Yet they remain a cheap and an important source of protein. On the supply side, pulses’ production had hovered around 11 and 14 million tons during the last three decades. Stagnation in production has led to rise in the prices of pulses that further affected their consumption adversely. To overcome the rising prices of pulses because of demand supply gap, their imports increased substantially to the tune of 3-4 million tons during last five years.
Around the world, one in eight people go to bed hungry every night despite there being enough food for everyone. Over-consumption, misuse of resources, and waste are common elements of a system that leaves hundreds of millions without enough to eat.
The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) held its second annual Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting on December 12, 2013 at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. Attendees included the six-person IAC, the A4NH theme leaders, the A4NH project management unit, and members of IFPRI’s Director General’s office, including Shenggen Fan, IFPRI's Director General.
This week, Bioversity International announced the release of a free, open-access version of Diversifying Food and Diets: Using Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Health, an Earthscan book from Routledge Press, out of their Nutrition and Marketing Diversity Program and edited by Jessica Fanzo, Danny Hunter, Teresa Borelli and Federico Mattei.
A4NH has enlisted the support of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences to conduct surveys to help inform our research and partnership approach in Africa. The surveys aim to identify key potential collaborators and their perspectives on agriculture, nutrition and health research linkages in Africa.
Only a few days remain to submit abstracts for the 4th Annual Research Conference hosted by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), to be held in London June 3-4th 2014. EXTENSION: Submissions are due by January 31st.
From December 6-7, nearly 40 scientists representing 10 CGIAR Research Programs and their partners convened in Nairobi to discuss the role of gender in achieving nutritional impact for the poor through agriculture. Convened and led by the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) in response to demand from within the CGIAR, the workshop engaged scientists in nutrition, gender, monitoring and evaluation, and agricultural economics- all linked by efforts to achieve impacts on nutrition-related outcomes. The goals of the workshop were twofold: first, to increase knowledge about how gender influences the impact of agriculture on nutrition, and second, to help researchers apply this knowledge by building capacity in tools and methodologies that integrate gender into research on agriculture-nutrition linkages.
Over the course of one and a half days, the group examined a conceptual framework illustrating the pathways by which agriculture could influence nutrition. Nutrition experts provided presentations on the indicators used to assess impact along these pathways, helping to clarify the evidence-base behind the indicators and how this type of data can be collected in the field. Presentations on quantitative and qualitative methods provided fodder for breakout sessions where workshop participants could discuss their experiences as well as opportunities where new methods could be applied to assumptions, technologies, and interventions.
Additional workshop resources
- Click here to view the workshop overview and agenda.
- View the workshop presentations below or click to view on SlideShare.
- Read the workshop summary report here, which includes future areas of research, mechanisms for collaboration, and future workshops.
For more information about gender research in A4NH, contact Hazel Malapit – firstname.lastname@example.org.
(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.