Course Details - Making Agriculture Work for Food and Nutrition Security

Achieving food & nutrition security

Considering all people in the world affected by moderate levels of food insecurity, together with those who suffer from hunger, it is estimated that over 2 billion people do not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food (SOFI 2019). The COVID-19 pandemic is aggravating the current situation and it estimated that this number This situation leaves the world population undernourished, micronutrient deficient and/or overweight and/or obese. Malnutrition has a life-long detrimental impact on learning capacity, productivity and income-generating potential of populations. The Sustainable Development Goal 2 aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by year 2030.

Agriculture and food & nutrition security

Agriculture plays a key role in the provision of food and nutrition security. But agricultural programs and policies do not automatically lead to better nourished populations. In some cases these programs and policies can even be detrimental to the nutritional situation of vulnerable groups. Agricultural programs and policies need guarantee a reliable and sustainable income and need to contribute to household food security and nutritional status.

Making agricultural programs nutrition sensitive

Recent research shows different forms of malnutrition coexist but are being tackled at different rates, vary between populations, and overlap with each other in various ways (GNR 2018). Improving nutrition requires integrated approaches and cohesive work between stakeholders and domains. Progress will be highest at the intersection of agriculture, health and nutrition. Agricultural programs and policies need to become nutrition sensitive to increase the availability and accessibility and consumption of diverse and nutritious foods.

Develop insights & work on your cases

The course is highly interactive, building on the participant’s own experiences and cases. The thematic approach in the program offers the flexibility to elaborate on specific themes participants would like to address. As a participant you will take home: tangible results for your cases and new in-depth insights to address nutrition issues within agriculture development programs.

Food systems, a thematic approach

The course addresses issues through the food system approach with state of the art concepts, tools and background information. Issues dealt with are, amongst others:

  • Insight into the broader (international) food and nutrition policy framework and the stakeholders involved;
  • Identifying the local nutrition issues, which are to be solved with agricultural programs and policies;
  • Pathways, key concepts and approaches to link value chain development to food and nutrition security;
  • Addressing economic variables (e.g. work capacity, productivity) through identification and strengthening of linkages between value chains and nutritional impact;
  • Design effective intervention strategies to reach Bottom of the Pyramid consumers (Including a focus on project cycle management);
  • An introduction to monitoring and evaluation, including selection of key indicators essential for organisational learning agenda’s

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