Guest Commentary – To Fight Malnutrition in Africa, Embed Nutrition in Agriculture Programs

Mercy Lung’aho, nutritionist for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, grapples with the gap between food security and nutrition in Rwanda. While hunger has been reduced by almost half between 1990 and 2015, nutrition is not improving, due to a lack of collaboration between nutrition, health, and agriculture experts. Lung’aho provides three avenues to success: collaboration between the agricultural and health sectors to define healthy diets, increasing farmer incomes over the long term, and using agriculture to influence nutrition by empowering women to better manage their time and energy expenditure. Her solution - fund effective agriculture programs to enable farmers to profit by producing nutritious foods.

The Chicago Council, June 2017.