''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)

  • David Tschirley 12/03/2017

    A Global Food Security Symposium

    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?"

  • David Tschirley 10/03/2017

    Diet transformation in South Eastern Africa

    Diets are transforming in 3 important ways. This means a change in the entire agrifood system. See D. Tschirley's presentation at ILSI.

  • Ben Belton 06/01/2017

    Feeding on Farm Fish

    Aquaculture sector is fast developing in Myanmar and South East Asia. What are the nutritional differences between farm fish and wild fish? It's about micronutrients. An FSP blog on Agrilinks.

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