Under-nutrition: Feedback from breakout session to plenary

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Under-nutrition: Feedback from breakout session to plenary

  1. 1. Breakout Session 1 Undernutrition Coordinator: Suneetha Kadiyala
  2. 2. 2 Derek Headey: Alan Dangour Lynn Brown Anna Herforth Matin Qaim Jemimah Njuki Prabhu Pingali Speakers Day 1 Day 2 Several enthusiastic participants
  3. 3. 3 The big question Subsistence farming Nutrition outcomes How do we make agriculture systems (and therefore related policies and processes) work for health and nutrition? Modernization, Globalization Structural transformation
  4. 4. 4 The research question What do we know about the contribution of agriculture (multisectoral) research, policies and programs in reducing the undernutrition burden and how? How can we strengthen that link in the most cost-effective way? Under what conditions? Development trajectories Other enabling environmental factors Sequencing Winners and losers A big evidence gap...still
  5. 5. 5 Progress A recognition of the disconnect between agriculture, nutrition and health Emerging knowledge of links between farm production, diets and some nutrition outcomes Increasing recognition of the centrality of gender dimensions Nascent discussions on learning from other disciplines to conduct integrative research Challenges well recognized
  6. 6. 6 Diagnostic approach to understand where the biggest gains or pain points are from macro to individual level Research designs Quantitative: RCTs, Quasi-experimental, IV, Panel fixed effects etc Qualitative methods : How and why of human behaviour Nutrition outcome indicators Stunting ? For short-term impact studies ? Large scale program evaluation Dietary diversity /diet quality: how to measure Pathway indicators (e.g.) Empowerment WASH How do we go about it? Methods and Metrics
  7. 7. 7 Recommendations A guidance note on a decision making tree for research design Choice of nutrition outcomes Pathway indicators Using already existing guidance from diverse disciplines Harmonizing survey instruments Minimum set of nutrition questions in agriculture survey Minimum set of agriculture questions for nutrition surveys Improvement and validation of some tools/scales E.g. Food frequency questionnaires; dietary diversity scores etc .
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