Briefing reaffirms importance of agriculture and nutrition linkages

Per Pinstrup-Andersen Presents at CTA Briefing
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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.

New Highlights booklet and video capture excitement from conference

“Highlights From An International Conference” is a brand new interactive booklet that conveys the key themes that emerged from the conference. Active links to citations within the document allow you to easily explore featured speaker videos and publications that intrigue you.

A 5-minute Highlights video captures the most exciting and thought-provoking moments from the event.

Also available is a “mini-documentary” (5 min.) about bringing together agriculture, health, and nutrition.

We encourage you to share these new resources in order to continue communicating the conference themes and keep them at the center of the global agenda.

Keeping tabs on literature related to agriculture, nutrition and health: Online group in Mendeley continues adding members, publications post 2020 Conference

Want to stay up-to-date on the latest research publications about agriculture, nutrition, and health?

Join the growing group of peers that have been contributing and following the IFPRI 2020 Conference Group on Mendeley!

As an innovative, collaborative bibliography, this group enables you to keep up on recent literature, contribute your own articles, and provides a forum for active engagement with your peers around the world.

Register and join our Mendeley group to start contributing today!

Check out additional resources to stay tuned under the Knowledge Fair’s Literature Hub.

Journal publishes report on 2020 conference

The March 2011 edition of the journal Food Security featured a conference report on IFPRI’s 2020 Conference on “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health.” Written by Jessica Fanzo, senior scientist at Bioversity International and 2020 conference participant, this comprehensive article examines the event’s key features and presents recommendations for keeping the momentum and translating ideas into action. For full text, click here.

Speaker summary notes available in one document

To help you more easily access the conference materials, the 2020 team has compiled all the speaker summary notes, 79 of them, into a single, easy-to-download PDF document. View the document here!

International symposium to focus on zinc for better crop production and human health

Micronutrient deficiencies were very much in the spotlight at IFPRI’s 2020 conference, which focused on how agriculture can improve human nutrition and health.

This October, experts will gather at The 3rd International Zinc Symposium to discuss the global importance of zinc deficiency, a serious threat to both crop production and human populations. The symposium will provide the latest information on zinc deficiency in soils, address crop nutrition and human populations, review the best agricultural practices in addressing zinc deficiency, and discuss impact of zinc deficiency on global crop production and human health.

The symposium will be held in Hyderabad, India from 10 to 14 October 2011. Scientists wishing to make oral or poster presentations at the Zinc Symposium are invited to submit an abstract. The deadline for submission is April 30. Detailed information on the symposium, including registration, is available on the regularly updated symposium website.

The event is sponsored by the International Zinc Association and International Fertilizer Industry Association in cooperation with Fertilizer Association of India and HarvestPlus.

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A wealth of resources -Speaker videos, bios & notes- available on the website!

Want to (re)listen to a provocative idea made by a speaker? Missed the conference, but would like to learn more about key topics?

Video footage of the conference gives you a close look at all the event proceedings, including the inaugural program, the Indian Prime Minister's opening address, plenary and panel sessions, side events, and "Rapid Fire" presentations.

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Video from all conference sessions now available from the program pages