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PLENARY SESSION: REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON NUTRITION AND HEALTH OUTCOME - Main Speaker: Prabhu Pingali

Prabhu Pingali, Cornell University, USA

Agricultural Pathways to improved nutrition: getting policies right

This presentation will focus on the pathways between smallholder agricultural productivity growth and nutrition improvement, with an emphasis on improving the nutritional status of women and children. The discontinuities along the pathway are identified, particularly with respect to intrahousehold food distribution, access to clean water and sanitation. The complementary and sometimes conflicting roles between agriculture and food security policies will be discussed. Gaps in the evidence base on establishing the links between agricultural productivity growth and nutrition improvement will be examined with a focus on South Asia.