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Seizing the momentum to reshape agriculture for nutrition

The importance of agriculture to human welfare cannot be overstated. At its most basic level, agriculture, which includes not only plant cultivation but also animal husbandry, fisheries, and any activity occurring along the value chain from production …

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Agriculture for nutrition: Direct and indirect effects

This chapter begins that analysis by describing three main channels through which changing agriculture can affect nutrition: • the level and stability of real income and purchasing power among poor people; • the relative cost and difficulty of acquirin…

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Food value chains for nutrition

Despite global goals to decrease malnutrition, there remain many challenges in providing access to a nutritious diet for all. Food value chains for nutrition have been the focus of a number of reviews but evidence of their impacts remains limited. Usin…

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Improving nutrition through biofortification

There is much unfinished business in scaling up and mainstreaming biofortification. In 2018, HarvestPlus entered its fourth 5-year phase and is implementing its new strategic plan, which is designed to lay the groundwork for biofortification to benefit…

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Women in agriculture and the implications for nutrition

This chapter discusses the role of women in agriculture, and the ways in which their status affects the health and nutrition of their households. It highlights recent literature on the impacts of gendered and nutrition-sensitive agricultural programs. …

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Reshaping agriculture to reduce obesity

This chapter provides an overview of the global burden of the growing obesity epidemic and reviews regional trends in macronutrient availability. It then presents drivers of food overconsumption and explains the likely contribution of agriculture to th…

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New evidence on nutrition-sensitive agricultural programs

The past decade has seen a lot of enthusiasm, interest, and investments in leveraging agriculture to improve nutrition. Research on the topic has increased exponentially, and so has the quality of the evidence. Guidance on how to improve the nutrition …

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Safety nets for agriculture and nutrition

Safety nets – including conditional and unconditional cash and in-kind transfers, school meals, public works, social pensions, and targeted subsidies – are a leading strategy for governments and their partners to reduce poverty and inequality. Many saf…

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