Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go From Here?

Filling a need to provide empirical evidence on agriculture’s contribution to nutrition, IFPRI’s discussion paper reviews recent evidence (since 2014), including findings from impact evaluations of a variety of NSA programs that document linkages between agriculture, women’s empowerment, and nutrition. It summarizes existing knowledge regarding impact, and also pathways, mechanisms, and contextual factors that affect where and how agriculture may improve nutrition outcomes. The report concludes with recommendations for research priorities: documenting the sustainability, scale-up opportunities and challenges, and cost-effectiveness of NSA programs, and understanding their role in, contributions to, and interactions with markets, the food environment, and local and national food systems.

IFPRI, October 2017.