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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Two months until the conference

The response to our upcoming conference has been overwhelming. We hope you share the excitement and will join us on February 10-12, 2011, in Delhi. The full conference program is now available! The program features a lineup of speakers who will showcase cutting-edge research, on-the-ground initiatives, and strategies for better integrating agriculture, nutrition, and health.

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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Less than two weeks left to submit to the Youth Writing Contest

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Students in La Ceja, Antioquía, Colombia. Source: flickr (Charlotte Kesl / World Bank)

Youth ages 14 to 18 from all over the globe are writing in their answers to the question, “How can we use agriculture to produce more food, generate food of better quality, and improve people’s nutrition and health?”

The first place will receive USD $500 and 25 copies of the printed contest booklet. Runners-up will receive USD $250 and 10 copies of the printed contest booklet. Winning entries will be featured on the conference website and at the conference in New Delhi in February 2011.

The next generation can improve nutrition and health through agriculture. We need to hear what you have to say!

The deadline is December 13, 2010.

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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

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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.

Draft program available

Draft program is now available for download:

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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