Why is it important to improve links between the agriculture, nutrition and food sectors?

March 11, 2019

In the past 50 years, there have been significant increases in agricultural productivity and falling food prices. However, hunger, malnutrition and poor health remain persistent development challenges. According to the WHO, almost half a billion people are underweight, and 155 million children were chronically under-nourished in 2016. Moreover, excess food consumption has helped trigger global epidemics of overweight, obesity, and food-related chronic disease.

Agricultural and food systems play a pivotal role in promoting more nutritious and sustainable diets for populations globally. Consequently, the agriculture, nutrition, and health sectors can work together to enhance human health and well-being.

In this podcast, we will examine why it’s important to create links between agriculture, health and nutrition. We will also explore the work of Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA). This is a research initiative funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and coordinated by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). The speakers are Dr. Suneetha Kadiyala, Associate Professor in Nutrition-sensitive development, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Principal Investigator, IMMANA, and Dr Elizabeth Hull, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Deputy Chair of the SOAS Food Studies Centre, SOAS.