Archives for June 2011

Briefing reaffirms importance of agriculture and nutrition linkages

Per Pinstrup-Andersen Presents at CTA Briefing
Photo Credit: Flickr brusselsbriefings

Last week’s joint event hosted by IFPRI and CTA highlighted the growing recognition about the importance of linking nutrition security to agriculture.

More than 200 policy experts and stakeholders gathered to learn about and discuss the challenges of malnutrition and potential policy action to be taken. Participants represented a range of actors from embassies, international organizations, civil society and the Brussels development community at large.

The half-day program featured leading experts, including several speakers from the 2020 Conference in Delhi: Howarth Bouis, Boitshepo “Bibi” Giyose, Corinna Hawkes, Robert Mwadime, Rajul Pandya-Lorch, and Per Pinstrup-Andersen.

Check out the program, speaker powerpoints and bios, and topic reader here.

CTA briefing explores agriculture and nutrition linkages in ACP countries

The next Brussels Policy Briefing will focus on agriculture and nutrition in ACP countries, giving new perspective to the themes highlighted during the 2020 Conference. The half-day event, co-organised by CTA with IFPRI, the ACP Secretariat, and DG DEVCO, will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

The first panel discussion will explore the key challenges and opportunities for achieving nutrition security, specifically in the context of ACP countries. The second panel will look at how policies and actions on the global, regional, and national level as well as across sectors can improve the linkages between agriculture and nutrition in future. For a short introduction into the topic, check out this note.
The event is open to the public, and you can register online. Please direct questions and journalist enquiries to the email address:

Paper hones in on essentials of agriculture, health and nutrition

For an excellent “cheat sheet” on agriculture, nutrition, and health, check out the paper entitled: "Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Essentials for Non-Specialist Development Professionals." Written by Jody Harris (IFPRI), the paper organizes common definitions, tools, and programs by sector in order to ease the "language barrier" that commonly divides field specialists.

London workshop delves deeper into conference themes

LCIRAH Workshop: Day One

On May 12-13, LCIRAH and IFPRI co-hosted an international workshop in London on improving metrics for agri-health interventions. This issue had emerged prominently during the 2020 Conference in Delhi.

The two-day workshop brought together more than 100 people from health and agriculture communities around the world. Day one featured a discussion of existing metrics and methods together with their value and limitations and highlighted a range of case studies that illustrated the practical application of these methods in different contexts. Day two focused on practice and policy aspects of measuring food security and nutritional outcomes.

The program, speaker powerpoints, and photos from the workshop are now available on the LCIRAH website.