Food Security

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 689–700 | Cite as

Building bridges and deconstructing pathways in agriculture, nutrition and health

5th Annual Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab Scientific Symposium & 2nd Annual Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy Week Kathmandu, 9–13 July, 2017
  • Joe YatesEmail author
  • Swetha Manohar
  • Shiva Bhandari
  • Zachary Gersten
  • Sofia Kalamatianou
  • Arvin Saleh
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Introduction & context

Considerable gains have been made in global health and nutrition outcomes in recent years. Despite this progress, addressing malnutrition in all its forms remains a critical development goal with implications for human and planetary health (Dangour et al. 2017; Gillespie and van den Bold 2017). Diet-related chronic diseases are rising steadily, in low- and even in middle-income countries where dietary inadequacy and undernutrition still persist. Globally, 155 million pre-school aged children are stunted and 52 million are wasted, both symptoms being attributable to undernutrition while 41 million are overweight owing to overnutrition (UNICEF/WHO/World Bank 2016). This emerging double burden of malnutrition is a global phenomenon that extends into to adult populations as well. The drivers of this problem are multifaceted, stemming in part from unequal food systems, climate change, growing urbanization, evolving consumption patterns and sociocultural dynamics and...



This paper has been supported by UK Aid from the UK Government through the Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) programme, as well as the USAID-funded Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition, and their respective partner institutions. All authors declare no conflicts of interest and all authors approved the final manuscript. The authors thank Suneetha Kadiyala and Andrew Thorne-Lyman who reviewed the manuscript draft and provided critical edits. They also thank all Scientific Symposium and Learning Lab speakers, participants and note takers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leverhulme Centre for Integrated Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH)LondonUK
  2. 2.London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)LondonUK
  3. 3.Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH)BaltimoreUSA
  4. 4.University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  5. 5.Friedman School of Nutrition Science & PolicyTufts UniversityBostonUSA

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