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Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), 19-21 November 2014

Expert Papers

These papers were written by participants of the November 2013 ICN2 Preparatory Technical Meeting (PTM) held in Rome. They highlight important topics in agriculture and health, as well as best practices and lessons learned from case studies.

J.B. Cordaro This paper will explore the hypothesis that food manufacturers can deliver nutrition solutions to help eliminate global food and nutrition insecurity. The hypothesis will be tested by examining three interrelated aspects of the food and nutrition insecurity problem: (1) the statistics and grim consequences of hunger and malnutrition; (2)...
Ross M. Welch, Robin D. Graham, Ismail Cakmak Dysfunctional food systems, never designed to improve human nutrition and health, are the basis of malnutrition in many poverty stricken human populations. Notably, all food systems are dependent on agricultural systems as the primary source of nutrients entering food systems. Thus, agricultural systems...
Patrick Webb Investment in agriculture is widely seen as “a critically important opportunity for reducing malnutrition.” (Herforth et al. 2012) There have been repeated calls for the international community to place a higher priority on “unleashing” (IFPRI 2012), “leveraging” (Pell at al. 2011), “reshaping” (Fan and Pandya-Lorch 2012), or “realizing” (IFAD...
F. James Levinson, Anna Herforth The monitoring and evaluation of agricultural projects for their impact on household food insecurity and nutrition is important given the paucity of data documenting successes and failures in such projects, and because possible adverse effects in such projects need to be identified and addressed rapidly.  Recognizing,...
Ted Greiner Food-based approaches to combating vitamin A deficiency continue to be largely ignored by governments and donors. This may be partly because the way of viewing them has largely been informed by the community which supports supplementation. Food-based approaches may be perceived as competitive or distracting and are thus slandered,...
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