Join a Global Discussion on Improving Nutrition Through Agriculture

By Carol Dreibelbis

The Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition, a United Nations project working to inform decision-making on food and nutrition issues, has launched an open discussion on the use of agriculture programming and policy to improve nutrition. The discussion, which has already begun, will run through October 3, 2012. It will then be leveraged at global agenda-setting events, consistent with past Global Forum discussions.

The Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition has launched an open discussion on the use of agriculture programming and policy to improve nutrition (Photo Credit: FAO)

The current discussion, “Making Agriculture Work for Nutrition: Prioritizing Country-level Action, Research and Support,” will center on the following questions:

  1. If you were designing an agricultural investment program, what are the top 5 things you would do to maximize its impact on nutrition?
  2. To support the design and implementation of this program, where would you like to see more research done, and why?
  3. What can our institutions do to help country governments commit to action around your recommendations, and to help ensure implementation will be effective?

Through this online discussion, the Global Forum aims to assess the international dialogue on improving nutrition through food and agriculture in order to both identify and prioritize “actions needed at [the] country-level, research gaps, and support needed.”

This online discussion takes place before the meetings of several prominent food and agriculture organizations that will be held over the next few months, including SUN (Scaling Up Nutrition), CFS (Committee on World Food Security), GCARD (Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development), and CAADP (Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme). The Global Forum will ensure that all online contributions to the discussion are incorporated into these meetings.

To participate in this discussion and become a part of the global dialogue on agriculture and nutrition, click here. The discussion closes on October 3, 2012.

What do you think needs to be done to improve nutrition through agriculture in your country? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below in addition to participating in the Global Forum discussion.

Carol Dreibelbis is a research intern with the Nourishing the Planet Project.

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