Advancing Research on Nutrition and Agriculture (ARENA)

Advancing Research on Nutrition and Agriculture (ARENA) is 3-year, multi-country project in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, being implemented from 2014 through 2017. The objective of ARENA is to close important knowledge gaps on the links between nutrition and agriculture, with a particular focus on conducting policy-relevant research at scale and crowding in more research on this issue by creating data sets and analytical tools that can benefit the broader research community. 

Research under this project includes studies on the impacts of rice productivity growth on child nutrition in Bangladesh, on the impacts of climate shocks on nutrition in Nepal and Ethiopia, on health and undernutrition risks associated with livestock ownership in Ethiopia, and on a multi-country study of the drivers of dietary change, among other areas.