Producing plentiful, high-quality food in a sustainable fashion is the vital first step toward food and nutrition security. But production is not enough to attain optimum nutrition for all. All people must have access to the right quantity and quality of foods, and to foods that are safe and culturally acceptable. The Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division (PHND) formerly Food Consumption and Nutrition Division (FCND) takes the lead at IFPRI in research to reduce household poverty and ensure food and nutrition security among the world's poor. Research within PHND explores far-reaching questions, including:
- How can programs and policies best help families rise out of poverty and help them achieve food and nutrition security?
- With over-nutrition and obesity on the rise in developing countries where millions still go hungry, how can policies and programs encourage healthy diets and facilitate a transition from hunger to health?
- How might food and nutrition policies and programs help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and mitigate its impacts?
PHND research and outreach activities are organized into five research programs, each conducting studies in a number of countries.