Science Forum on Nutrition and Health Outcomes of Agricultural Research

The CGIAR’s Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) will be hosting its 2013 Science Forum on September 23‒25, in Bonn, Germany. This year's Forum focuses on "Nutrition and health outcomes: targets for agricultural research," with the objective of identifying the research needs, scientific approaches, and partnerships through which the agricultural community can add most value to the delivery of nutrition and health outcomes. The draft agenda features plenary sessions that review the evidence surrounding the impact that agricultural programs, policies, and approaches have on nutrition and health, as well as side sessions on the role of the private sector in agriculture-nutrition-health links, how value chain analysis can facilitate systems research, and more.

The Science Forum series is a flagship event that serves as a means to reach out to scientists and scientific communities largely external to the CGIAR, but who have potentially important contributions to make to the CGIAR research portfolio and its system-level objectives of improving food security, human nutrition and health, alleviation of poverty and environmental sustainability.

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Independent Impact Assessment Report of 2020 Conference Released

Prior to the 2020 conference, IFPRI commissioned an independent impact assessment report in order to determine the impact of the Conference on individual participants, institutions, and professional discourse. Robert Paarlberg, B. F. Johnson professor of political science at Wellesley College, carried out the assessment, conducting pre- and post-conference surveys, interviews, and web searches over the course of 18 months. The final report has now been released. The impacts can be summarized as follows:

•       On individuals: The conference had positive short-term impacts on motivation and capacity for influence, but few changes in beliefs.

•       On institutions: The strongest institutional impacts came within institutions that wanted to integrate nutrition into agriculture  but were unsure of how, or how quickly, to move forward, such as the CGIAR, and within donor institutions that used the materials and energy generated by the conference to help push and guide a major expansion of bilateral funding into the agriculture-nutrition-health arena.  Direct impacts on national governments were small, as were impacts on private sector and NGOs.

•       On professional discourse: The conference helped “change the conversation” about agriculture and food security, bringing in more frequent reference to cross-sector impacts on nutrition and health.

The report provides a comprehensive overview of and how the agriculture-nutrition-health landscape is changing since the 2020 Conference as
well as lessons on how organizations can measure the impact of their events and build in monitoring and evaluation into program and event design.

Book review of 2020 Conference book released

A book review of the IFPRI 2020 Conference book Reshaping Agriculture for Nutrition and Health has been published in the journal Food Security. The review, authored by Jeff Waage, director of the London International Development Centre (LIDC), describes the book as "fascinating and multi-faceted" and as a "good introduction to anyone from any discipline wishing to quickly grasp the basic issues and arguments." The book review can be accessed here.

LCIRAH workshop on agriculture, NCDs and development

Following on the workshop it hosted in 2011 with IFPRI on cross-sectoral metrics, the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) is holding an international workshop on “The Role of Agricultural and Food Systems Research in Combating Chronic Disease for Development.”  The event, held July 2-3, 2012, in London, will bring together researchers in health, food systems, development policy and agriculture in order to: frame non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a development problem; explore how interventions in agriculture and food can influence NCDs in low and middle income countries; and develop an interdisciplinary research agenda to address the role of agriculture and food systems in combating NCDs. For more information, please visit:

Global Food Policy Report released

IFPRI’s first annual Global Food Policy Report has been released. In reviewing the major developments in food policy during the past year, the flagship publication identifies the nexus of agriculture, nutrition, and health as a major policy shift in 2011. The report describes the rise of agriculture, nutrition, and health on the development agenda and reviews key activities, from IFPRI’s own 2020 conference and the newly launched CGIAR Research Program 4 (CRP4) Agriculture for Improved Health and Nutrition to USAID’s Feed the Future and the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture initiatives. The report can be downloaded here.

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Follow-up activity summary: post-conference momentum continues to grow

The IFPRI 2020 Conference in New Delhi continues to build energy and raise awareness about the important linkages between agriculture, nutrition, and health! Here is a quick summary (PDF version) of some of the exciting activities that happened since the conference:

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Knowledge Fair announced

The Knowledge Fair aims to stimulate and facilitate the exchange of knowledge between the three sectors of agriculture, nutrition and health, and to advance cross-sectoral interaction, learning, and collaboration.

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Youth writing contest initiated

Criteria and submission guidelines for the youth writing contest have been announced.

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Lead-in activities planned

Seminars on have been scheduled for October 28 and November 19

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