Consultation Topic: Production and Processing of Nutrient-rich Food
This discussion will focus on research opportunities related to agricultural production and processing of nutrient-rich foods. This includes opportunities to increase uptake and boost effectiveness of production technologies, as well as opportunities for processing to increase the desirability, convenience, and availability of nutritious, diverse crops throughout the year.
We encourage you to actively engage by sharing your experience and thoughts on additional areas for research. Your engagement will inform USAID as it shapes its priorities for nutrition and food systems investments in the future.
Click “Add New Comment” below to start or join the conversation. Please consider these questions as they relate to the Feed the Future Innovation Lab literature review (See Event Resources to the right):
- Do we have enough information on the impact of nutrient-rich crops (including biofortified crops) on health and nutrition outcomes?
- How do we assess scalability and sustainability of food system interventions for nutrition?
- Markets play a key role in determining the availability, affordability, desirability, and convenience of adequate diets year-round. What research is needed to help us better understand the relationship between markets and human nutrition?
- There are tradeoffs between land use productivity, (with particular reference to livestock ownership and husbandry), and diet and nutrition outcomes. What are the knowledge gaps that need to be filled to address these trade-offs?
- Food processing is becoming increasingly prominent given rapid changes in dietary patterns. What research is needed in this area (i.e. cost effectiveness and efficiency in production, functional outcomes of fortified foods, etc.)?
- What short-, medium-, and long-term outcome measures are missing to measure change in agriculture and food systems for nutrition?
- What remains to be done to help guide the development of harmonized measurements for consumer outcomes (food-groups and dietary diversity indicators)? Are there other measurements we should be considering?
This discussion will remain open from November 12-15 2019. Moderated discussions will take place:
- November 12, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM EST (UCT 15:30-17:30), Heather Danton, Project Director, USAID Advancing Nutrition
- November 12, 10:00 PM-12:00 AM EST (UCT 3:00-5:00), Ilana Cliffer. Doctoral Student, Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy