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An Introduction to Nutrition-Agriculture Linkages


  • Chung, Kimberly


Agricultural development is now expected to proceed in a way that maximizes opportunities to improve health and nutrition. Accordingly, the term “nutrition-agriculture linkages” describes the set of relationships that shows the mutual dependence of nutrition, health and agriculture. Changes in nutrition or health status are expected to affect agricultural production; conversely changes in the agricultural sector can have significant effects on individual health and nutritional status. Most development professionals, however, are sectoral specialists. Some are trained in nutrition or agriculture, but very few will be trained in both. It is therefore difficult to begin discussions on nutrition-focused agricultural programs and policies. How do we begin to identify these linked outcomes? And how do we begin to think about ways to impact factors that are outside of our sector of expertise?

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  • Chung, Kimberly, 2012. "An Introduction to Nutrition-Agriculture Linkages," Food Security Collaborative Working Papers 121859, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:midcwp:121859

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    1. Sauer, Christine M. & Mason, Nicole M. & Maredia, Mywish K. & Mofya-Mukukua, Rhoda, 2016. "The Role of Legume Technologies in the Agriculture-Nutrition-Food Security Nexus: Evidence from Zambia," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts 236062, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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    Nutrition; Agriculture; Mozambique; Community/Rural/Urban Development; Consumer/Household Economics; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Food Security and Poverty;

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