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Sustainable Management of Biodiversity for Food Security and Nutrition  Jessica Fanzo PhD Senior Scientist, Nutrition Biov...
Up to now, agriculture, for the most part, has forgotten about nutrition Source: IFPRI
But we know that agriculture’s roles have benefits beyond just food production Source: Bread for the World 2010
Agricultural biodiversity’s is one avenue towards nutrition security BIODIVERSITY AGROBIODIVERSITY Mixed agro-ecoystems Cr...
The shame is, losses of agrobiodiversity are profound
Agriculture’s role in improving nutrition Improvements in  household nutrition QUANTITY QUALITY DIETARY DIVERSITY  AGRICUL...
Econutrition <ul><li>Question: </li></ul><ul><li>How can agro-ecosystems ensure better nutrients from farming systems?  </...
Grand Challenges of Food-based Solutions  There are lots of ways to peel a mango <ul><li>Agriculture must have nutrition g...
Feeding babies well <ul><li>The first 1000 days of a child’s life are the most critical </li></ul><ul><li>When children be...
Treating children who suffer from starvation <ul><li>Severe acute malnutrition affects 20 million children under five year...
Homegrown School Meals <ul><li>Keeps children, especially girls in school </li></ul><ul><li>Provides nutrition and calorie...
Value Chains: Neglected to Mainstream <ul><li>Sub-Saharan African contains 800-1000 leafy green species </li></ul><ul><li>...
Fitting agrobiodiversity into the SUN movement <ul><li>EVIDENCE:  Demonstrating evidence and scale of nutrition sensitive ...
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Sustainable Management of Biodiversity for Food Security and Nutrition, Jessica Fanzo

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Jessica Fanzo speaks at the Gorta side event - improving nutrition security through agriculture: ensuring access, quality and resilience. October 21 2011 FAO, Rome as part of celebrations for World Food Day. Read more about Bioversity International’s work on diet diversity for nutrition and health
http://www.bioversityinternational.org/research-portfolio/diet-diversity/

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Sustainable Management of Biodiversity for Food Security and Nutrition, Jessica Fanzo

  1. 1. Sustainable Management of Biodiversity for Food Security and Nutrition Jessica Fanzo PhD Senior Scientist, Nutrition Bioversity International Gorta’s side event to the CFS
  2. 2. Up to now, agriculture, for the most part, has forgotten about nutrition Source: IFPRI
  3. 3. But we know that agriculture’s roles have benefits beyond just food production Source: Bread for the World 2010
  4. 4. Agricultural biodiversity’s is one avenue towards nutrition security BIODIVERSITY AGROBIODIVERSITY Mixed agro-ecoystems Crop species and varieties Livestock and fish species Plant and animal germplasm Soil organisms Biocontrol agents for pests Wild species Cultural and local knowledge Often signifies local, traditional, underutilized Source: FAO
  5. 5. The shame is, losses of agrobiodiversity are profound
  6. 6. Agriculture’s role in improving nutrition Improvements in household nutrition QUANTITY QUALITY DIETARY DIVERSITY AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS Correlates with child growth Varieties of and within species contain different levels of nutrients Markets -- ACCESS Markets -- ACCESS Markets -- ACCESS
  7. 7. Econutrition <ul><li>Question: </li></ul><ul><li>How can agro-ecosystems ensure better nutrients from farming systems? </li></ul><ul><li>One solution: </li></ul><ul><li>Mesoamerican “three sisters”: Corn, beans and squash. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Grand Challenges of Food-based Solutions There are lots of ways to peel a mango <ul><li>Agriculture must have nutrition goals in mind, and food-based approaches will need to be part of the equation for sustainable nutrition security </li></ul>
  9. 9. Feeding babies well <ul><li>The first 1000 days of a child’s life are the most critical </li></ul><ul><li>When children begin complementary feeding at 6 months of age, they falter </li></ul>Develop and promote local, nutritious complementary foods to help children grow
  10. 10. Treating children who suffer from starvation <ul><li>Severe acute malnutrition affects 20 million children under five years of age each year </li></ul>RUTF is a lifesaver Develop and promote the local production using locally sourced foods and the cost effective use of nutritiously-rich therapeutic products
  11. 11. Homegrown School Meals <ul><li>Keeps children, especially girls in school </li></ul><ul><li>Provides nutrition and calories to break the hunger cycle </li></ul>Purchasing local foods from farmers for school meals; educating through school gardens
  12. 12. Value Chains: Neglected to Mainstream <ul><li>Sub-Saharan African contains 800-1000 leafy green species </li></ul><ul><li>In Kenya, of 210, only 10 find their way to markets </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with women peri-urban farmers </li></ul><ul><li>The largest supermarket chain in Kenya, sold the vegetables and demand increased from 31 tons to 400 tons/month </li></ul><ul><li>There was a 5 to 20-fold increase in incomes of the farmers </li></ul>
  13. 13. Fitting agrobiodiversity into the SUN movement <ul><li>EVIDENCE: Demonstrating evidence and scale of nutrition sensitive solutions is time-sensitive, geographically specific </li></ul><ul><li>SHARING PRACTICES: Sharing the “delivery science” on the ground </li></ul><ul><li>PARTNERSHIPS: Working together across sectors is crucial and with unique partners like private sector </li></ul><ul><li>MAINSTREAM: Integrating agro biodiversity into health, nutrition and agricultural programmes and policies is a must </li></ul><ul><li>CAPACITY: Building new cadres of community workers, training on food systems approaches in academia </li></ul>

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