Nutrition-sensitive Agriculture: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go from Here?

80 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2017

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Marie Ruel

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Agnes R. Quisumbing

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Mysbah Balagamwala

CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)

Date Written: October 27, 2017

Abstract

A growing number of governments, donor agencies, and development organizations are committed to supporting nutrition-sensitive agriculture (NSA) to achieve their development goals. Although consensus exists on pathways through which agriculture may influence nutrition-related outcomes, empirical evidence on agriculture’s contribution to nutrition and how it can be enhanced is still weak. This paper reviews recent empirical evidence (since 2014), including findings from impact evaluations of a variety of NSA programs using experimental designs as well as observational studies that document linkages between agriculture, women’s empowerment, and nutrition. It summarizes existing knowledge regarding not only impacts but also pathways, mechanisms, and contextual factors that affect where and how agriculture may improve nutrition outcomes. The paper concludes with reflections on implications for agricultural programs, policies, and investments, and highlights future research priorities.

Keywords: agriculture; diet; impact assessment; nutrition; child nutrition; maternal nutrition; nutrition-sensitive programs; women’s empowerment

Suggested Citation

Ruel, Marie and Quisumbing, Agnes R. and Balagamwala, Mysbah, Nutrition-sensitive Agriculture: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go from Here? (October 27, 2017). IFPRI Discussion Paper 1681. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3044587

Marie Ruel (Contact Author)

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
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Agnes R. Quisumbing

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Mysbah Balagamwala

CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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