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Food Security

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 677–678 | Cite as

Shenggen Fan and Rajul Pandya-Lorch (eds): Reshaping agriculture for nutrition and health

International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, USA. ISBN 978-0-89629-673-2
  • Jeff Waage
Book Review

On rare occasions, a single scientific gathering becomes a defining, global milestone for a new direction in research and development. This was the case for the conference in February 2011 in New Delhi entitled “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health”, organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). This meeting brought together over 1000 scientists, development professionals and policy makers to explore what we know about the linkage between agriculture, nutrition and health. There were no scientific advances or breakthroughs reported. Rather, the gathering gradually came to the conclusion that we know surprisingly little about these interactions. Further, it concluded that progress was unlikely to be made without greater collaboration between agricultural, nutrition and health researchers.

That message came at an important time. Studies of the global food price crises of 2007–2008 were revealing particular impacts on the poor, challenging...

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht and International Society for Plant Pathology 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.London International Development CentreLondonUK

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