Poverty, malnutrition and resulting poor health are highly connected. FSP research shows that agriculture policy can play a role in reducing the burden of malnutrition and ill-health. FSP focuses on documenting and evaluating different agricultural interventions that have the potential to improve maternal and child nutrition. It recommends policies that can improve diet quality among the poorest and most vulnerable members of society, including infants, young children, and women. These include interventions focused on agricultural production and diversification (such as homestead food garden programs, bio-fortification, fortification of processed foods), as well as policies focused on strengthening the linkages between the agriculture, nutrition, and health sectors of government. FSP’s research findings and success stories are shared with in-country government partners and international agencies that are in a position to use this information to strengthen country policies and programs.
FSP generates research outcomes that can be generalized across many countries, specifically by focusing on policies to address:
1. micronutrient deficiency that are applicable to similar countries;
2. generating food policy options to poor diet quality that are based on the understanding of the processes of globalization; and
3. examining issues at the intersection between agriculture and health that, while context specific, have common pathways and are embedded in a common framework.
Photo: A traditional lunch of rice with vegetables and beef, Dakar, Senegal (credit: Sarah Chase-Walsh)
Aflatoxins have been observed along the maize value chain in Nigeria: in farm storage, in maize containers during transportation, and in processed maize products. This means that aflatoxins eventually make their way into numerous locally produced and processed maize based food items.
FSP’s downstream and upstream food system transformation team organized symposium: "Changing food systems and nutrition: Do we have the concepts and data to understand, track, and anticipate the links?"
Diets are transforming in 3 important ways. This means a change in the entire agrifood system. See D. Tschirley's presentation at ILSI.
David Tschirley, Regional gathering of WFP heads of country programs, Nairobi, Kenya, December 6, 2017
Changing Food Systems and Nutrition: Do We Have the Concepts and Data to Understand, Track, and ....
David Tschirley, 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security: Global Challenges, Local Solutions and Connected Pathways, Cape Town, South Africa, December 3–6, 2017
Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Thomas Reardon, and David Tschirley, 3rd Annual Global Food Security Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, December 3, 2017