Underwood highlights the role of women in agriculture

“Women are a major part of the agricultural system in so many countries,” said Barbara Underwood, retired adjunct professor of Nutrition at Columbia University and 2020 Conference Advisory Committee member, during a conversation with the 2020 team. Improving women’s nutritional and health status strongly influences the well-being of families, and moreover, of future generations.

EMBRAPA’s Beatriz da Silveira Pinheiro talks about impact

“The [2020] conference is one of the first opportunities to bring people together…to build up connections, and especially, integration [between sectors],” pointed out da Silveira Pinheiro, Director General of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA)’s Strategic Studies and Capacity Strengthening division, and Advisory Committee member, during an interview with the 2020 conference team.

Derek Yach of PepsiCo Highlights Role of Private Sector

The 2020 Conference team caught up with Derek Yach, Senior Vice President of Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo and member of the Conference Advisory Committee. We discussed the potential opportunities and impacts of private sector involvement for improving nutrition.

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Understanding the interactions between agriculture and health

photo of Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Robert Bos

Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Robert Bos

During the first lead-in policy seminar for the conference, Per Pinstrup Andersen of Cornell University and Robert Bos of the World Health Organization examined opportunities to strengthen the linkages between the agriculture and health sectors. The speakers emphasized the need for a paradigm shift within research and policy, calling for the sectors to step out of their “silos.” Only with the power of inter-sectoral cooperation, they insisted, can we improve global health. read more

Agriculture and Health – Comments by Robert Bos


Robert Bos, Coordinator, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Health, World Health Organization, discusses the interactions between agriculture and health.

Agriculture and Health – Comments by Per Pinstrup Anderson

Per Pinstrup Anderson, H.E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, Cornell University, discusses the interactions between agriculture and health.