Linking Agriculture, Health, and Nutrition

Obstacles and Potentials

Date: 
December 7, 2010
Time: 
12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EST (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

Presenter(s): 
Fawzi Al-Sultan, Chair of the IFPRI Board of Trustees; Marie Ruel, Director of the Poverty, Hunger, and Nutrition Division, IFPRI; Kabba Joiner, Former Director General of the West African Health Organization; Prabhu Pingali, Deputy Director, Agriculture Policy and Statistics Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI
Contact/RSVP: 

RSVP to Simone Hill-Lee - s.hill-lee@cgiar.org 202-862-8107

Location: 

International Food Policy Research Institute
2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
Fourth Floor Conference Facility

Agricultural policies influence the quantity and quality of foods farmers produce, as well as the portfolio of crops they grow and the production methods they use. Thus, agricultural policies have a clear impact on human health and nutrition. In turn, health and nutrition policies can affect agriculture by influencing whether farmers and their families are healthy and strong enough to do the labor required on their farms. Yet although they may share goals, professionals in agriculture, nutrition, and health rarely have opportunities to discuss areas of mutual interest, exploit synergies and pursue outcomes together that are beneficial to society.

IFPRI has invited three experts to each speak—each from his or her own sectoral perspective—on why the three sectors should work together more closely and how they could be better linked.

This seminar is part of the discussion that leads into the IFPRI 2020 International Conference on “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health.”