The fundamental purpose of agriculture is not just to produce food and raw materials, but also to grow healthy, well-nourished people. One of the sector’s most important tasks then is to provide food of sufficient quantity and quality to feed and nourish the world’s population sustainably so that all people can lead healthy, productive lives. Achieving this goal will require closer collaboration across the sectors of agriculture, nutrition, and health, which have long operated in separate spheres with little recognition of how their actions affect each other. It is time for agriculture, nutrition, and health to join forces in pursuit of the common goal of improving human well-being. In Reshaping Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, leading experts, practitioners, and policymakers explore the links among agriculture, nutrition, and health and identify ways to strengthen related policies and programs. The chapters in this book were originally commissioned as background papers or policy briefs for the conference “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health,” facilitated by the International Food Policy Research Institute’s 2020 Vision Initiative in New Delhi, India, in February 2011.
Chapter 1: Overview by Shenggen Fan, Rajul Pandya-Lorch, and Heidi Fritschel; Chapter 2: Agriculture, Health, and Nutrition: Toward Conceptualizing the Linkages by John Hoddinott; Chapter 3: The Food System and Its Interaction with Human Health and Nutrition by Per Pinstrup-Andersen; Chapter 4: The Nexus between Agriculture and Nutrition: Do Growth Patterns and Conditional Factors Matter? by Shenggen Fan and Joanna Brzeska; Chapter 5: Turning Economic Growth into Nutrition-Sensitive Growth by Derek Headey; Chapter 6: Growth Is Good, but Is Not Enough to Improve Nutrition by Olivier Ecker, Clemens Breisinger, and Karl Pauw; Chapter 7: The Role of Agricultural Growth in Reducing Poverty and Hunger: The Case of Tanzania by Karl Pauw and James Thurlow; Chapter 8: Feeding the Future’s Changing Diets: Implications for Agriculture Markets, Nutrition, and Policy by Siwa Msangi and Mark W. Rosegrant; Chapter 9: Value Chains for Nutrition by Corinna Hawkes and Marie T. Ruel; Chapter 10: Biofortification: Leveraging Agriculture to Reduce Hidden Hunger by Howarth Bouis and Yassir Islam; Chapter 11: Responding to Health Risks along the Value Chain by Pippa Chenevix Trench, Clare Narrod, Devesh Roy, and Marites Tiongco; Chapter 12: Agriculture-Associated Diseases: Adapting Agriculture to Improve Human Health by John McDermott and Delia Grace; Chapter 13: Do Health Investments Improve Agricultural Productivity? Lessons from Agricultural Household and Health Research by Paul E. McNamara, John M. Ulimwengu, and Kenneth L. Leonard; Chapter 14: Two-Way Links between Health and Farm Labor by Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, Catherine Chiang, Paul Thangata, and Kwaw S. Andam; Chapter 15: Addressing the Links among Agriculture, Malaria, and Development in Africa by Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, Felix A. Asante, Jifar Tarekegn, and Kwaw S. Andam; Chapter 16: Gender: A Key Dimension Linking Agricultural Programs to Improved Nutrition and Health by Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Julia Behrman, Purnima Menon, and Agnes Quisumbing; Chapter 17: Cross-Sectoral Coordination in the Public Sector: A Challenge to Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health by Todd Benson; Chapter 18: Accelerating National Policymaking across Sectors to Enhance Nutrition by Robert K. N. Mwadime; Chapter 19: Advocacy to Reduce Malnutrition in Uganda: Some Lessons for Sub-Saharan Africa by Brenda Shenute Namugumya; Chapter 20: Exploring the Agriculture–Nutrition Disconnect in India by Stuart Gillespie and Suneetha Kadiyala; Chapter 21: Bridging the Gap between the Agriculture and Health Sectors by Joachim von Braun, Marie T. Ruel, and Stuart Gillespie; Chapter 22: Governing the Dietary Transition: Linking Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health by Robert Paarlberg; Chapter 23: Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health: The Way Forward by Shenggen Fan, Rajul Pandya-Lorch, and Heidi Fritschel