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E-Conference: The Latest Evidence on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture
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All day event


Online webinar

Nutrition-sensitive agriculture offers great potential for Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2: Zero Hunger) as it connects agricultural development to improved nutrition outcomes. But what have we learned so far from nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions around the world? In the e-conference “The Latest Evidence on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture” researchers and practitioners from around the world will be connected to discuss state-of-the-art advances and turn the evidence-base into concrete recommendations and actions.

The event will take place on June 3 to 5, 2019, for two hours each day, from 9:00 – 11:00 New York, 15:00 – 17:00 Paris, and 21:00 – 23:00 Beijing. The full agenda and speaker bios can be found online. Videos will be posted after they air to create an online discussion forum where participants can network and share resources in-between the online meetings.

Since many nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions have been applied in recent years, during the e-conference the aim is to:

  • Take stock of what we have learned so far about nutrition-sensitive agriculture, i.e. what works and what does not work, and under what conditions?
  • Share and discuss this knowledge with practitioners in the field (e.g. farmers, extension workers, NGOs and policy makers)
  • Turn the evidence base into concrete recommendations for practitioners to implement effective nutrition-sensitive interventions in agricultural development

Register today to join this free online conference. Subscribing allows to participate in the daily live sessions with experts and to access the online community to discuss insights, exchange project results, ask questions and discuss challenges with colleagues from around the world.


Sessions are from
09:00 – 11:00 New York
15:00 – 17:00 Paris
21:00 – 23:00 Beijing
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Monday June 3, 13:00 GMT: Smallholder production and Dietary Diversity

Matin Qaim of the University of Göttingen will discuss the linkages between smallholder on-farm production diversity and impacts on dietary diversity, as well as the impacts of specialization of cash crops on consumption benefits.

Tuesday June 4, 13:00 GMT: Market Challenges and Solutions to Nutritious Food Access

Harold Alderman of IFPRI will discuss the linkages between markets, diets and nutrition with a particular focus on affordability and access of nutritious foods in low- and middle-income contexts, the challenges and potential market-based solutions.

Wednesday June 5, 13:00 GMT: Women’s Empowerment for Better Nutrition

Agnes Quisumbing of IFPRI will discuss women’s empowerment as well as ownership and control of assets, and its impacts on child and women’s nutritional status and overall household food security.

Speaker Biographies

Jessica Fanzo (moderator) is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food & Agricultural Policy and Ethics at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and the Department of International Health of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She also serves as the Director of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program at Hopkins, and plays key advisory roles in Johns Hopkins’ Alliance for a Healthier World on the food security and nutrition theme, as well as the Bloomberg American Health Initiative on obesity and food systems. She is currently serving as the co-Chair for the Global Nutrition Report, and is the Team Leader for the High-Level Panel of Experts for Food Systems and Nutrition for the UN Committee on Food Security. She also serves on the Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets for Sustainable Food Systems.

Harold Alderman, with both a master’s degree in nutrition (Cornell) and a Ph.D. in economics (Harvard), has naturally gravitated to research on the economics of nutrition and food policy. He spent 10 years at the IFPRI prior to joining the World Bank in 1991. He rejoined IFPRI in 2012. While at the World Bank, he divided his time between the Development Research Group and the Africa region where he advised on social protection policy.

His current research has focused on the linkages between nutrition and early child development and the means by which nutrition and social protection programs contribute to long term economic growth.

Matin Qaim is Professor of International Food Economics and Rural Development at the University of Goettingen, Germany. Before, he had research and teaching positions at the Universities of Hohenheim, Bonn, Kiel, and California at Berkeley. He holds a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Bonn. His main research areas relate to the economics of food security, malnutrition, sustainable food systems, and smallholder agriculture. He has research and project experience in numerous countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Qaim has over 200 academic publications, most of them in top disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals. His research results have been featured in large newspapers, including the New York Times, The Economist, Newsweek and many others. Qaim has received different academic prizes. He is member of the German National Academy of Sciences and was recently recognized as Fellow of the American Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). He serves on several high-level scientific and policy advisory committees, is a member of the Board of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), and has also served on the Boards of different international organizations, including CIMMYT and Africa Harvest.

Agnes Quisumbing is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, and leads the cross-cutting research theme on gender. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the University of the Philippines, Quezon City, was a Fulbright-Hays Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Visiting Fellow at the Economic Growth Center, Yale University, and an economist at the World Bank. She has published widely on gender, intrahousehold allocation, property rights, poverty, and economic mobility, and has done field work in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, and the Philippines. She is undertaking impact evaluations of nutrition-sensitive agricultural development programs in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on their impacts on women’s empowerment and gender asset inequality. She is co-developer of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) and is co-editor of Gender in agriculture and food security: Closing the knowledge gap.

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