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Reshaping Agriculture for Nutrition and Health
An IFPRI 2020 Book
2012
Edited by Shenggen Fan and Rajul Pandya-Lorch
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


On the one-year anniversary of IFPRI's 2020 conference on "Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health," we are very pleased to announce the publication of Reshaping Agriculture for Nutrition and Health.

This edited book compiles the background papers and briefs originally commissioned by IFPRI for the conference and subsequently peer-reviewed and revised. The chapters in this volume look at the links among agriculture, nutrition, and health and their potential to convey more benefits to poor and hungry people. They examine how much more agriculture could do to improve human well-being if it included specific policies, actions and interventions to achieve health and nutrition goals; what kinds of changes would maximize agriculture's contribution to human health and nutrition; and how could human health and nutrition contribute to a productive and sustainable agricultural system.

A booklet containing the preview of the book is attached. The full book can be downloaded, in its entirety, above or by individual chapters, at the IFPRI website: http://www.ifpri.org/publication/reshaping-agriculture-nutrition-and-health.

Preface

Persistent hunger, malnutrition, and ill health threaten the ability of many countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. What happens in the agriculture sector-a supplier of food and essential nutrients, a source of income and employment, and an engine of growth-has important implications for nutrition and health. With the recent food crises, agriculture, for the first time in two decades, is high on the global agenda. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and its 2020 Vision Initiative decided to leverage this momentum to inform, influence, and catalyze key actors to better use agricultural investments to sustainably reduce malnutrition and improve health for the world's most vulnerable people.

This book is intended to identify knowledge gaps, foster new thinking, and stimulate concrete actions on leveraging agriculture for improving nutrition and health. It is meant to serve a variety of audiences, from scholars, academics, students, and researchers, to practitioners working on the ground, to decisionmakers devising policies that successfully connect agriculture, nutrition, and health at the local, regional, and global levels. Readers interested in probing these topics more fully can follow the references to discussion papers, journal articles, and books that underlie many of the chapters.

This book is a compilation of peer-reviewed background papers and briefs commissioned by IFPRI for the international conference "Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health," which took place in New Delhi in February 2011. We hope this book will inspire dialogue within and between sectors, as a first step toward shaping agricultural investments that improve human nutrition and health around the world.
Shenggen Fan
Director General, IFPRI
Rajul Pandya-Lorch
Head, 2020 Vision Initiative, IFPRI

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