Hunger, malnutrition, and poor health are widespread and stubborn development challenges. Agriculture has made remarkable advances in the past decades, but progress in improving the nutrition and health of poor farmers and consumers in developing countries is lagging behind. The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health is designed to fill the existing gap between agricultural development and its unfulfilled health and nutritional benefits.
The starting point for Agriculture for Nutrition and Health is that agricultural practices, interventions, and policies can be better adapted and redesigned to maximize health and nutrition benefits and to reduce health risks.
This concept reflects the new vision of the CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework, which has four strategic objectives. While Agriculture for Nutrition and Health will contribute to the achievement of all four CGIAR strategic objectives, its primary focus will be on improving human nutrition and health.
In order to achieve this goal, Agriculture for Nutrition and Health will bring together research and development professionals across the agriculture, nutrition, and health sectors to jointly tackle key challenges and design joint solutions.
Agriculture for Nutrition and Health has 4 components: Value Chains for Enhanced Nutrition; Biofortification; Prevention and Control of Agriculture-Associated Diseases; and Integrated Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Programs and Policies.