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Diversifying diets and food systems for
better nutrition and health
Beatrice Ekesa, Gina Kennedy & Bruce Cogill
IFAD Knowl...
Malnutrition
Food-related causes of malnutrition
Poor diet intake Disease-related causes
IMPROVE
DIET
QUALITY
QualityQuant...
Our research:
agricultural biodiversity and dietary quality
Focus areas Approach
• Whole-diet
approach
• People or
communi...
Genetic
diversity
Selection &
cultivation
Harvest Value addition Marketing Final
use
Better varieties
Best practices
Value...
 >400 Musa cultivars screened for nutrients
 12 varieties with Retinol Activity Equivalents > 333
µg/100gDW under evalua...
The impact of our work: the case of minor millets
40-60%
increase in
grain yield
Improved
diversity
in the
market
Foxtail ...
Varieties
screened for
nutritional
content
Products from
these varieties
developed and
marketed
Crop Calorie (K
Cal)
Prote...
 Metrics for sustainable diets
 Indicators for measuring dietary
diversity and nutrient
consumption
Metrics and indicato...
 Building local capacity
 Community-driven
approaches and
solutions
 Access to an established
network of local actors
D...
Our target population groups
www.bioversityinternational.org
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Diversifying diets and food systems

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Presentation given at UN Institute Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on March 3rd 2014 - why agricultural biodiversity and diet quality is important for nutrition.

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Diversifying diets and food systems

  1. 1. Diversifying diets and food systems for better nutrition and health Beatrice Ekesa, Gina Kennedy & Bruce Cogill IFAD Knowledge Sharing 3 March, 2014
  2. 2. Malnutrition Food-related causes of malnutrition Poor diet intake Disease-related causes IMPROVE DIET QUALITY QualityQuantity Low diet diversity
  3. 3. Our research: agricultural biodiversity and dietary quality Focus areas Approach • Whole-diet approach • People or community centred • Landscape focus Nutrient dense diets Household dietary diversity Sustainable diets Nutrition-sensitive value chains
  4. 4. Genetic diversity Selection & cultivation Harvest Value addition Marketing Final use Better varieties Best practices Value chain approach Enhanced use Better nutrition Incomes and livelihoods Novel food items Recipes (old/new) Quality standards Nutrition awareness Enabling policies Promotion Education Agronomic performance & nutrient content Improved technology Efficient value chains
  5. 5.  >400 Musa cultivars screened for nutrients  12 varieties with Retinol Activity Equivalents > 333 µg/100gDW under evaluation in Eastern Africa  Acceptability test (organoleptic): with farmer group of 165 women and 165 men participants  Banana-based dishes evaluated for nutrient content and bio-accessibility  Capacity building (400 community change agents and key stakeholders reached)  5000 plantlets being multiplied for dissemination to 400 farmers Results: Nutrition in banana-based farming systems
  6. 6. The impact of our work: the case of minor millets 40-60% increase in grain yield Improved diversity in the market Foxtail millet Little millet Barnyard millet Proso millet Kodo millet Finger millet
  7. 7. Varieties screened for nutritional content Products from these varieties developed and marketed Crop Calorie (K Cal) Protein (g) Fiber (g) Ash (g) Calcium (mg) Phospho rus (mg) Iron (mg) Rice (brown) 362 7.9 1.0 1.3 33 160 1.8 Wheat 348 11.6 2.0 1.6 30 306 3.5 Maize 358 9.2 2.8 1.2 26 348 2.7 Finger millet 336 7.7 3.6 2.6 350 250 3.9 Foxtail millet 351 11.2 6.7 3.3 31 290 2.8 Little millet 329 9.7 7.6 5.4 17 220 9.3 Barnyard millet 300 11.0 13.6 4.5 22 280 18.6 Proso millet 340 10.6 12.2 3.2 24 206 3.5
  8. 8.  Metrics for sustainable diets  Indicators for measuring dietary diversity and nutrient consumption Metrics and indicators
  9. 9.  Building local capacity  Community-driven approaches and solutions  Access to an established network of local actors Development opportunities
  10. 10. Our target population groups
  11. 11. www.bioversityinternational.org Thank you

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