Agriculture Programming to Improve Nutrition: First Evidence, Then Scale.
Presented By: Cecilia Gonzalez
Event: 2019 ECHO Asia "Small Scale: Up Scale" Agriculture & Community Development Conference (2019-10-02)
In recent years, much attention has been given to the connections between agriculture and nutrition in the development sector as a whole. These connections may seem obvious: we get nourishment from the food we eat, and we eat food produced by agriculture. However, the claim that agriculture interventions can improve nutrition has come under scrutiny, because of the lack of evidence to substantiate it. Recent efforts have helped us to better understand these linkages and begin to close the evidence gaps. They have also provided important frameworks for program design and for implementing agriculture interventions that aim to improve the nutrition of vulnerable populations. These frameworks for “nutrition-sensitive agriculture” interventions help us make sense of complex problems and identify pathways to solutions.