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Good nutrition is our first defence against disease and our source of energy to live and be active. Nutritional problems caused by an inadequate diet can be of many sorts, and when they affect a generation of youngsters, they can lower their learning capacities, thus compromising their futures, perpetuating a generational cycle of poverty and malnutrition, with severe consequences on both individuals and nations.

While young children are the most vulnerable to malnutrition, the right to adequate food is universal and good nutrition is essential for all. Problems of malnutrition –undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity – exist in all countries and cut across socio-economic classes.

Emerging challenges, such as climate change, environmental sustainability and rapid technological shifts, are transforming food systems and raising questions about how to feed a growing world population in sustainable ways.

At the same time, uneven economic growth, social and economic transformations and other factors are shaping food systems and diets. As a result, the prevalence of overweight, obesity and related non-communicable diseases are increasing while undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies persist. 


  1. Antinutrients in foods are responsible for deleterious effects related to the absorption of nutrients and micronutrients. However, some antinutrients may exert beneficial health effects at low concentrations. The mechanisms by which adverse and beneficial effects of food antinutrients operate are...
  2. Abstract,Journal of Development Effectiveness, 2018 The Realigning Agriculture for Improved Nutrition (RAIN) project was designed to address child undernutrition through a multisectoral approach which integrated agricultural diversification to improve access to nutritious foods, the promotion of...
  3. AgReach strengthens extension services for all, and in doing so provides customized, innovative solutions that are both human and scalable.We accomplish this by developingand sharing resources accessibleworldwide. INGENAES resources include : GLOSSARIES Gender (2015) Nutrition (2015) Extension...
  4. 2015-11-25 Speaker Bio: Paul E. McNamara is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he is a Visiting Member of the faculty of Njala University (Sierra Leone). McNamara...
  5. INGENAES is designed to assist partners in Feed the Future countries (www.feedthefuture.gov) to · Build more robust, gender-responsive, and nutrition- sensitive institutions, projects and programs capable of assessing and responding to the needs of both men and women farmers through extension and...
  6. INGENAES: Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services INGENAES is designed to assist partners in Feed the Future countries (www.feedthefuture.gov) to build more robust, gender-responsive, and nutrition-sensitive institutions, projects and programs capable of assessing...
  7. We are a global network of professionals working on issues pertaining to the intersection of agriculture and nutrition. The group is informal, and designed to facilitate information sharing and networking. This Community of Practice arose in June 2010 when a number of DC-based professionals...
  8. Development workers have shared recipes for someunderutilized crops. These may provide ideas for the best use of unfamiliar harvests. Please note that the links listed below may lead to additional resourceswhich havenot yet been added tothis collection.