AgN-GLEE Required Reading
Guiding Principles for Linking Agriculture and Nutrition – Synthesis
(A Herforth, 2012)
This document summarizes a more in-depth synthesis report that aims to provide an updated and complete list of current guidance, institutional strategies, and other publications released by international development institutions and inter-agency UN bodies on maximizing nutrition impact through agriculture, and will provide an analysis of the key messages currently available.
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Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Essentials for Non-Specialist Development Professionals
(J Harris, 2011)
This brief report aims to outline basic concepts and definitions, tools, indicators, and common interventions used by each development sector, agriculture, nutrition and health, in order to provide a baseline level of knowledge and understanding on which to build dialogue and collaboration for linking agriculture and nutrition programming to reduce food insecurity.
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Understanding the Links between Agriculture and Health
(C Hawkes and M Ruel, 2006)
The policy briefs presented here draw on a wide body of research conducted within and outside the CGIAR. They provide a historical context to the links between agriculture and health, deal with specific health conditions and agricultural systems, and examine the challenges to linking agriculture and health in policy. Published under IFPRI's 2020 Vision for Food Agriculture the Environment, this series of briefs, propose a conceptual framework of the linkages between agriculture and health and describe agriculture and health linkages across a range of historical and present day contexts.
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The Agriculture-Nutrition Disconnect in India What Do We Know?
(Gillespie, Harris, & Kadiyala, 2012)
This paper describes existing evidence of the various links, pathways, and disconnects between agriculture and nutrition and develops a conceptual framework to aid in the systematic search for links and disconnects, delineating seven key pathways between agriculture and nutrition and mapping evidence to these pathways through a summary of the literature for India.
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An Introduction to Nutrition-Agriculture Linkages
This paper provides a simple framework for thinking critically about nutrition-agriculture linkages. The purpose is to help readers identify the linkages of greatest importance to their goals and to begin thinking about how to take steps toward integrating programs more effectively. Five different approaches are discussed and when possible examples are given from the Mozambique context. The framework illustrates the complexity of affecting nutritional changes through agricultural interventions, and underscores the importance of understanding the various mediating relationships in the nutrition/agriculture loop. Chung's paper does an especially good job at outlining the importance of the "labor-income-food" pathway which leads us to think about "push" strategies such as literacy, skills development, labor organization, transfer of pay and remittances as well as credit financing of food traders, small processors and food-vending SMEs that should be components in agriculture activity designs. This pathway is critical to the poorest, most vulnerable families being able to acquire food for more months of the year and provides an argument for the use of strengthened value chains that may create labor opportunities for the poor. The paper also includes a very useful discussion about gender and intra-household control of resources.
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