Fourth Policy Seminar Explores Obstacles and Potentials for Multi-Sectoral Linkages

IFPRI’s Annual Board of Trustees meeting offered an exciting backdrop for the fourth policy seminar leading into the 2020 conference. Facilitated by IFPRI Board Chair Fawzi Al-Sultan, the seminar featured the diverse perspectives of three leading experts from agriculture, nutrition, and health.
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Three experts provide new insights on how fertilizers affect agriculture, nutrition, and health

Fertilizers can sustainably enhance agriculture for improving nutrition and health, said the participants of the second seminar in the lead-in series for the 2020 conference. Luc Maene of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), Tom Bruulsema of the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), and Ross Welch from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) explored both the potential opportunities and major challenges for using fertilizers and other technologies to positively affect  agriculture, health, and 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