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The Fight Against Hunger and MalnutritionThe Role of Food, Agriculture, and Targeted Policies$
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David E. Sahn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733201.001.0001

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Agriculture for Nutrition

Agriculture for Nutrition

Getting Policies Right

Chapter:
(p.165) 7 Agriculture for Nutrition
Source:
The Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition
Author(s):

Prabhu Pingali

Katie Ricketts

David E. Sahn

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733201.003.0008

The past 50 years have been a period of extraordinary food crop productivity growth, despite rising populations and increasing land scarcity, largely due to the Green Revolution. Despite these massive gains in productivity, malnutrition has persisted for close to a billion people in the developing world. In the specific domain of food systems and agricultural interventions, there is still a great deal of work to orient policy driven by nutritional goals, with a focus on rural women and children. The chapter proposes that a better understanding of the connection between a country’s stage of economic transition—the process of structural transformation—and population-level nutrition outcomes is essential for contextualizing agriculture policies capable of improving a countries unique nutrition challenges. The chapter introduces a typology of agricultural systems that reflect the particular stage of structural transformation of a country and discuss the necessary agricultural initiatives that can potentially reduce undernutrition and micronutrient malnutrition.

Keywords:   nutrition, agricultural productivity, green revolution, malnutrition, developing countries, structural transformation

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