A new report is calling for better methodologies and metrics, a wider range of targeted groups, and broader involvement of research organizations to better understand the link between agriculture and nutrition.
The recommendations stem from a review of 151 research projects on agriculture for nutrition, from which researchers from the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health have identified “poorly researched areas.” These include:
Effects of agricultural policies on nutrition.
“Indirect effect” of agricultural changes on nutrition.
The report, commissioned by the U.K. Department for International Development, bolsters the United Kingdom’s fight against malnutrition. Just a few weeks ago, the European nation hosted a hunger summit that garnered several commitments to end malnutrition.
The focus on research as a key step to combat hunger and malnutrition is nothing new. Bill Gates, for one, has been advocating for more money to be spent on agriculture research. And while the goal is to boost farmers’ income and production, enhancing productivity could solve food scarcity and, potentially, end malnutrition.
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