Agriculture, nutrition, and health are linked in many obvious and not-so-obvious ways, and these links have important consequences for the lives of millions of poor people in developing countries. Yet despite these potentially strong synergies, many policymakers and practitioners in these areas continue to work in isolation.
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is undertaking a global policy consultation on “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health,” in order to bring these sectors together and unleash the potential of agriculture—as a supplier of food, as a source of income, and as an engine of growth—to sustainably reduce malnutrition and ill health for the world’s most vulnerable people.
The global conference will be held on February 10-12, 2011, in New Delhi, India. Leading experts and practitioners from these and related sectors will take stock of current interactions, assess opportunities and constraints, identify best practices, consider key levers and incentives, and reimagine how agriculture, nutrition, and health can link better to unleash the potential of agriculture to improve nutrition and health.
The ultimate objective of this conference is to inform, influence, and catalyze action by key actors—policymakers, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, educators, and researchers—to better use investments in agriculture to achieve nutrition security and good health for the world’s poorest people.
Participation in the conference is by invitation. There is no registration fee.