Maximizing nutrition using impact pathways

FAO seeks to support the 2030 Agenda through the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind. Using an agrifood systems approach ensures the effective operation and cooperation of all the food system components to enable healthy diets while considering the effect of different drivers, such as trade, socio-economic barriers, biophysical and environmental concerns, and technology.

The impact pathways can help policy and programme actors to identify promising entry points for transformative actions. They can be general or by sector, either country, region, or local/ community-focused. The pathways can also be tailored to food commodities that are part of healthy diets.

They were developed through a consultative approach involving project formulators, target communities, policymakers, private sector and academia. The mapping activities, indicators and budget information will facilitate the assessment of opportunities and trade-offs. Find out more below.

Global literature review

Click on the publications below to know more about the global evidence behind the integration of nutrition across the crops, fisheries and aquaculture, forestry and livestock sectors.

Case studies

FAO and its partners piloted the impact pathways approach in twelve sub-Saharan countries across four food system sectors (fisheries, forestry, crop production and livestock). In the piloting phase we explored two different approaches:

  • The country-specific approach was tested in Ghana, Uganda, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Kenya. To know more about the country-specific approach, click here.
  • The cross-country approach included the participation of experts within the sector. It was piloted in countries like Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal. Only available in French. (Coming soon).