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FAO Nutrition-sensitive programming - 2022 overview








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    Sustainable soil management as a keystone of nutrition-sensitive agriculture in Burkina Faso 2023
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    This country factsheet highlights the importance of the relationship between soil management with nutrition aspects in Burkina Faso. The adoption of sustainable soil management practices, such as intercropping and organic matter additions, in combination with micronutrient application contributing to a better nutritional status of the population. The country fact sheet is the result of a review of scientific references and from field trials and demonstration sites developed under the Sustainable Soil Management for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The project analyzed the links between soil properties and plant micronutrient content in cropping areas in Bangladesh, and tested the effectiveness of sustainable soil management practices in increasing the micronutrient content of food. A long-term plan is recommended to obtain additional information about the relationship between soil health and the quality of locally produced food. In the same way, through capacities developed locally, in rural communities, a major participation is expected.
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    Nutrition-sensitive agriculture water productivity
    Insights from field implementation
    2023
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    Good nutrition requires reliable access to safe soil and water for both food production and preparation as well as optimal sanitation and hygiene practices. Yet about one-third of the world’s population currently lives in water-stressed environments. Further, land degradation, water scarcity, flooding and less predictable rainfall patterns due to climate change are expected to undermine the productivity of smallholder farmers and exacerbate growing rates of malnutrition. Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2 (end hunger and all forms of malnutrition), 3 (good health and well-being), 6 (clean water and sanitation) and 15 (life on land) will therefore require interdisciplinary strategies that recognize the interconnections among these goals. Pursuant to these goals, FAO and IFAD are implementing a three-year project, “Increasing water productivity for nutrition-sensitive agriculture and improved food security and nutrition”, in six pilot countries: Mozambique, Rwanda, Niger, Benin, Egypt and Jordan. The overall objective of the project is to improve dietary quality and diversity through the agricultural production pathway by strengthening the capacities of smallholder farmers in these settings to adopt sustainable water, soil, and agronomic management practices. That is, the project aims to move beyond the traditional approach of “more nutrition per drop” to a more holistic framework of “more diverse nutrients and better economic prospects per drop”. The policy brief outlines insights from field implementation of the project in Benin, Mozambique and Niger, specifically the methodological approach, highlights from baseline surveys and next steps to ensure that the aforementioned agricultural practices lead to greater dietary quality and diversity, improvements in health, and expanded livelihoods.
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    Strengthening Capacities for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems in India and Sub-Saharan Africa - GCP/INT/714/GER 2023
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    The role of agriculture and food systems in improving nutrition is recognized as central to sustainable development. However, the majority of planners and managers involved in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of food system and agriculture policies and programmes have a limited understanding of nutrition issues, agriculture's role in addressing these issues and practical entry points and interventions that can be used to enhance the nutritional impact of food and agriculture policies and programmes . The present project sought to integrate nutrition into policies and programmes beyond the traditional focus on food production. In that purpose, collaborations with academic and training institutions in sub Saharan Africa and India were forged to strengthen capacities of both individuals and organizations, thereby creating an enabling environment for nutrition policies. Through three outputs, the current project implemented capacity building activities, allowing institutions and practitioners to design and implement nutrition sensitive agricultural policies and programmes , as well as effective nutrition education strategies. The project’s activities were implemented in Côte d’Ivoire, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The development of global products included assessments and piloting in Chile and Tajikistan.

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