A4NH Annual Report 2019
This annual report 2019 (PDF) of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) summarizes its results, across five research flagships, and highlights the partnerships through which research has led to outcomes in five focus and more than two dozen other partner countries. Food systems are changing rapidly in low- and middle-income countries. These countries seek food-based solutions for better nutrition and health of all people while addressing challenges of sustainability, inequity, and malnutrition. A4NH works to develop evidence to support policies and actions for healthier food systems. A4NH is a consortium of seven managing partners, led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). A4NH achieved results in 2019 for five different flagships, which includes: 1) Food systems for healthier diets: A4NH researchers are guiding future food systems work, rooted in strong partnerships and addressing the global sense of urgency, to develop strategies that will lead to systemwide improvements with real impacts for consumers in low- and middle-income countries. 2) Biofortification: an expanding evidence base on the nutritional and health benefits of biofortification, as well as research on delivery models for biofortified crops, provided further critical support for policy and programmatic action. 3) Food safety: A4NH has provided research into the largely ignored role of food safety in informal markets and relevant trainings. A4NH researchers also contributed to the evolving discussion on food safety in Africa, through the African Union and other platforms. 4) Supporting policies, programs and enabling action through research (SPEAR): A new A4NH study by IFPRI researchers challenges the assumptions underlying the attention to stunting and stresses the need to focus on more specific nutrition outcomes. 5) Improving human health: A4NH joined a coalition of other CGIAR Centers and Programs to form the Antimicrobial Resistance Hub, through which will be learned from past experiences, research excellence in the Global South be supported.
A4NHs work and results of 2019 includes research funded through the CGIAR Trust Fund (W2), to which The Netherlands Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS) is a critical funding partner.