2013 Symposium

Science and Policy for Health, Agriculture, Nutrition & Economic Growth

Symposium-Overview_2013The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition, in conjunction, with our partner, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, and in collaboration with the Department of Community Medicine and Public Health, the Institute of Medicine, the Nepali Technical Assistance Group, & the Nepal Agricultural Research Council hosted the 2nd Annual Scientific Symposium held in Kathmandu, Nepal on August 13-14, 2013.  The aim of the symposium was to share, understand and assimilate country level evidence on the factors that contribute towards the understanding of the pathways of agriculture to nutrition. There was an added focus on market linkages, sustainable agriculture, innovations in agriculture and livestock adaptation to promote nutrition; and implementation research on programs that seek to improve nutrition through a multi-sectoral approach.

Featuring 15 oral and 11 poster presentations, the two day meeting was attended by approximately 250 participants who represented researchers, field practitioners, government policymakers, donors (including the USAID mission) and 40 students from various Nepali institutions of higher education.

The symposium included two keynote addresses discussing the 2013 Lancet Series on Nutrition and the role of Aflatoxin in growth suppression, a session on multi-sectoral nutrition research and implementation, three sessions addressing research findings on different components of the agriculture to nutrition pathway (agriculture to market, market to home and home to nutrition outcomes), a presentation on the analysis of the large scale survey – the National Living Standards Survey (NLSS); the use of proteomics to assess micronutrient status; a poster presentation session; and high-level policy discussions.

Read the Symposium Briefing

You can find all the presentations from the 2013 Nutrition Innovation Lab Scientific Symposium in Kathmandu Nepal by clicking on the title below.

 Akoto Osei  Impact of Homestead Food Production on Nutritional Status of Children and Women in Baitadi District, Nepal
Ram K Chandyo  Socio economic status, food security and anemia among mothers in Bhaktapur, Nepal
Shibani Ghosh  PoSHAN Process Research: Understanding Processes that Support Nutrition Program Impacts
John Groopman Prevalence of aflatoxin in mothers and young children in Nepal and Bangladesh: Implications for Assessment and Public Health
Mahesh Prasad Joshi Community development and livestock promotion in rural Nepal:effect on child health and growth
Rolf Klemm PoSHAN Community Studies: Finding Pathways to Accelerate Nutritional Impacts
Saba Mebrahtu Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices as Associated with Child Nutritional Status in Nepal: Analysis of the 2011 Nepal Demographic Health Survey
Nicole Menage  Nepal Thematic Report on Food Security and Nutrition 2013
Ram Kumar Neupane  Household Consumption of Lentils in Selected Terai Districts of Nepal: A Study on Impact of Improved Technologies
Atmaram Pandey Suaahara: Lessons learned from an integrated nutrition program
 Krishna Prasad Rai Total Diet Study on Total Aflatoxins Consumed through Selected Foods from Selected Clusters of Nepal
Raman Shrestha No Rice in the house: Risk factors and association with Nutritional status of Nepalese 9-13 years olds
Ganesh Thapa & Gerald Shively Agriculture and Child Nutrition: An Analysis of Child & District- level Performance in Nepal
 Rahika Thapaliya  Diversifying Family Nutrition of Smallholder Tribal Farmers through different conservation agriculture crop production systems In the sloping lands of Nepal mid-hills
 Patrick Webb What the Lancet Nutrition Series of 2013 tells us (and what it doesn’t)
 Keith West The Plasma Proteome: A New Potential Approach for Assessing Multiple Micronutrient Deficiencies