Entry points into a nutrition-sensitive agriculture

Jaenicke, H. and Virchow, D. (2013) Entry points into a nutrition-sensitive agriculture. Food Security. pp. 1-14.

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Nutrition-sensitive agriculture is a concept that aims to narrow the gap between available and accessible food and the food needed for a healthy and balanced diet for all people. It explicitly incorporates nutrition objectives into agriculture and addresses the utilization dimension of food and nutrition security, including health, education, economic, environmental and social aspects. Based on this concept, the present paper presents a synthesis of a recent desk study which took stock of innovative approaches to improve the positive nutrition-related impacts of agriculture and related food systems and provides recommendations for future programmes. By providing an overview on specific cross-cutting themes relevant to nutrition-sensitive agriculture and presenting examples from various countries on how nutrition objectives can be incorporated into the agro-food systems, the paper identifies commonalities and parameters that are entry points into a system within which local nutrition-sensitive agriculture approaches will have a realistic chance of success. The variables in the system are interlinked and contribute to a balanced nutrition of the population. By changing or fine-tuning one or more of the entry points, the whole system can be improved. The paper also highlights the current fragmentation in approaches towards more nutrition-sensitivity in agriculture and concludes that, where collaborative approaches are undertaken, there is a greater likelihood that shared projects will be implemented and/or be successful.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Sector project Agricultural Policy and Food Security of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH for the desk study “Nutrition-sensitive agriculture: A pillar of improved nutrition and better health” and the contributions of the team of invited experts in developing the study.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hidden hunger, Agro-food systems, Nutrition, Food chain, Participatory approaches, Gender,
Author Affiliation: Agrobiodiversity Consultant, Grafschaft, Germany
Subjects: Postharvest Management > Food Technology
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2013 03:51
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2013 03:51
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12571-013-0293-5
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/11519

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