Policy briefs on undernutrition released

The newest LCIRAH policy briefs on undernutrition are now available.

This week several major upcoming international events will focus on undernutrition, including the launch of The Lancet Maternal and Child Nutrition Series (6 June) and the ‘Nutrition for Growth: Beating hunger through business and science’ meeting (8 June) convened by the governments of Brazil and UK and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.

LCIRAH is actively contributing to these events and to research required to eliminate undernutrition. LCIRAH focuses its research on how we can improve nutrition through agricultural interventions, such as the introduction of nutritious crop varieties, educational programmes or government policies that make healthy foods more affordable.

The recently published LCIRAH policy briefs reveal that:

1)    There are gaps in existing research on agriculture for improved nutrition. Many research programmes evaluating agricultural interventions fail to measure nutritional outcomes. Important indirect effects of agricultural change on health, for instance increasing wealth in farming communities, are not well understood.
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2)    Women are critical to nutrition, in their multiple roles as farmers, mothers and carers. Agricultural interventions place different demands on women’s and men’s resources and time, and need to be carefully thought through to have a positive nutritional effect.
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On 13-14 June 2013 LCIRAH will hold its third annual conference with this year's event focusing on ‘Developing methods in agriculture and health research’. The conference aims to offer a platform for exchanging ideas and foster a community of researchers working at the intersection of agriculture and health. Nutrition will be one of the themes taken up by the presentations and posters at the conference.


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