Policy and Institutional Approaches Feedback from breakout session for plenary

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Breakout Session 5 - Policy and Institutional Approached in Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture

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Policy and Institutional Approaches Feedback from breakout session for plenary

  1. 1. Policy and Institutions Session Science Forum
  2. 2. Gaps in knowledge and priority research needs • Nutrition/health impact assessments of food policies with careful consideration of causal relationships • Labour dynamics and changing occupational structures in agriculture and the role that has in shaping how agricultural policy affects nutrition/health. • Political economy of agricultural policy making and implications for nutrition or health sensitive policy; incentives faced by policymakers and best practice in strategies to influence policy • Analyzing and documenting best practice in nutrition- sensitive agricultural policy
  3. 3. Gaps in knowledge (contd.) • Policy coherence; dealing with multiple concurrently running policies in research and impact assessment. • Consistency in priorities, knowledge and incentives across stakeholders. • Ways to develop bottom-up, demand driven policymaking. • Monitoring policy implementation and assessing capacity– learning from other sectors? • Policy tradeoffs and synergies – productivity, income, environment, health; aspects such as health co-benefits of climate change mitigation strategies (via agriculture/diets).
  4. 4. Examples of cross-sectoral partnerships • RAIN project in Zambia where policy implementation coordination between the Ministries of Agriculture and Health is being promoted and studied. • Research and academic collaborations between agricultural, social science and health scientists across a number of organizations. Partnerships between CGIAR scientists and health scientists from outside the CG system in studying agriculture for health issues. • Learning from past experience – integrated rural development programs, etc.
  5. 5. Innovative scientific approaches • Marrying economic and epidemiological models in policy impact assessment • Mainstreaming frameworks and ideas from political and policy sciences in studying nutrition-sensitive policy formation • Social network mapping and realist synthesis methods in studying intersectoral and cross-institutional coordination. • Panel data on policymakers covering the spectrum of sectors and layers of government.

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