Nutrition Considerations for Agricultural Research

A well nourished, healthy workforce is a precondition for successful economic and social development, and nutritional status is internationally recognised as a key indicator of national development. For developing countries, agriculture and its related activities constitute a major source and often the main source, of employment and income. Thus direct investment in improving the nutritional status of rural populations is likely to have a signifcant pay off in raising labour productivity and incomes. National agricultural research, in its role of enhancing food production and productive capacity of a country, can benefit from information about the specific nutritional needs of populations in order to contribute towards the nutritional well-being and productive capacity of the agricultural work force. This link provides guidance on strategic approaches for establishing a fruitful dialogue between nutrition and national agricultural research to ensure that the immediate nutritional needs of populations are taken into consideration.

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