Agriculture-Nutrition Community of Practice (Ag2Nut CoP)

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Key Recommendations for Improving Nutrition through Agriculture

The group's discussions have led to a set of Key Recommendations for Improving Nutrition through Agriculture and Food Systems (Fr/Sp). These recommendations have been formulated following an extensive review and synthesis of available guidance on agriculture programming for nutrition, conducted by FAO, with substantial inputs from the Ag2Nut CoP in the form of relevant resources, comments, and verification of main conclusions. A consultation with a broad range of partners (CSOs, NGOs, government staff, donors, UN agencies), in particular through the Ag2Nut Community of Practice, honed the common messages into a concise set of recommendations (or guiding principles) that represent a broad consensus on how to improve nutrition through agriculture, based on the current global context.

Background

Recently, attention to the agricultural sector is growing, with a focus on leveraging agriculture to improve nutrition and health. Agricultural investments and programs can lead not only to increased production and reduced poverty, but also improved nutrition. As agriculture affects everyone, and many of those most at risk of undernutrition are directly engaged in agriculture, nutrition-sensitive agricultural policies and interventions are needed to reduce malnutrition globally.

Who are we?

We are a global network of professionals working on issues pertaining to the intersection of agriculture and nutrition. The group is informal, and designed to facilitate information sharing and networking.

How did we start?

The Agriculture-Nutrition Community of Practice (Ag2Nut CoP) arose in June 2010 when several people discovered that they were all writing policy briefs for their respective institutions on how to link agriculture and nutrition. The group emerged to facilitate communication and discussion, so that we could communicate with a common set of responses to the degree possible and appropriate, to the broader development community. The UNSCN has offered to provide a space on the UNSCN website for interested individuals to come together and join the Nutrition-Agriculture CoP.

What are the objectives of the CoP?

The CoP is designed to be a virtual space for sharing resources to build a common evidence pool, facilitating communication across sectors, and developing key messages to communicate to the broader development community. We wish to break down the silos that separate agriculture from nutrition through creating opportunities for cross-sectoral dialogue on issues of mutual interest. The group has facilitated face to face meetings at various conferences and events since mid-2010, held periodic thematic discussions by conference call, and disseminated research findings/tools/guidance materials. The outcomes of the group evolve with the needs of the members.

Four years later, the CoP includes more than 1,000 members from 73 countries. It includes members of developing country governments, national and international NGOs, UN organizations, universities, independent professionals, bilateral institutions and donor organizations.

 

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