BREAKOUT SESSION 10: ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS
BACKGROUND AND SCOPE
The objective of the session is to understand better the economic impacts of shifting investments towards more nutrition dense foods for healthier diets. Agricultural interventions in low income countries have often either focused on raising incomes for the poor assuming that nutrition and health benefits follow automatically or focused on improving diets through promotion of specific highly nutritious foods but do not often consider the economic sustainability of the programmes once intervention monies are removed. Furthermore, they may overlook other complex cultural and environmental issues which may be key to their success. For investment to effectively increase nutritional levels and incomes, a multi-dimensional approach including nutrition education, technical assistance, environmental awareness and community organization support may be needed to address the complex economic and social linkages between nutrition and agriculture
The session will present results from field research projects aimed at improving nutritional and income outcomes. Among the research questions to be addressed are:
- How do initiatives to improve dietary and income outcomes need to be structured to reap benefits of both at present and over time?
- How can the multi-dimensional nature of the nutrition-income linkage be integrated into investment projects in this area? What are the knowledge gaps in developing and implementing these strategies?
- Are new research approaches needed in developing interventions aimed at double objective outcomes?