Agricultural policy for improved nutrition in Africa and Asia: evidence to guide the US Government’s investments in food security

Authors: William Masters; Brooke Colaiezzi; Katherine Dennison; Jeff Hill; Elizabeth Jordan-Bell; Ahmed Kablan; Melanie Thurber; Lorraine Weatherspoon; James Oehmke Journal: Food Security

The roundtable process was designed to complement numerous past and ongoing efforts to assemble and disseminate rigorous evidence on how agricultural change can best help to improve international nutrition, beginning with the first Lancet Maternal and Child Nutrition series in 2008 and its follow-up in 2013 and other systematic reviews (Webb and Kennedy 2014), as well as assessments from private groups such as the Copenhagen Consensus (2014) and the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (2014), international organizations such as the World Bank (2007), the Food and Agriculture Organization (2013), and the International Food Policy Research Institute (2014), and nutrition agendas including a focus on the thousand day window from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday, the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) global movement, and the Malabo Declaration on Agricultural Transformation from the African Union (2014).