The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutritional (A4NH) is designed to maximize the health and nutritional benefits of agricultural development. A4NH's research outputs are intended to support agricultural researchers, value chain actors, program implementers, and policymakers in reshaping their actions to better contribute to nutrition and health outcomes and impacts. The program also aims to identify, develop, and support synergies between agriculture and the nutrition and health sectors to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of agricultural actions on human nutrition and health.
A4NH has four research flagships:
Value Chains for Enhanced Nutrition (Flagship 1)
Focuses on opportunities to improve nutrition along value chains to increase the poor’s access to nutritious foods.
Biofortification (Flagship 2)
Aims to improve the availability, access, and intake of nutrient-rich, biofortified staple foods for the poor.
Agriculture-Associated Diseases (Flagship 3)
Addresses food safety issues along the value chain, including the control of zoonotic diseases and the better management of agricultural systems to reduce the risk of human diseases.
Integrated Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Programs and Policies (Flagship 4)
Addresses the need for integration among the agriculture, nutrition, and health sectors, at both the program and policy levels.
Women play a crucial role in food security throughout the world and also face particular risks of undernutrition, malnutrition, and poor health. Attention to gender issues is crucial at all stages of programming in health, nutrition and agriculture. A4NH focuses on: (1) gender analysis of needs and exposure to risks; (2) fostering women’s participation in and benefits from agriculture, nutrition, and health programs; (3) empowering women and increasing their access to assets; (4) promoting equitable intrahousehold food allocation and consumption; (5) ensuring gender-friendly technology and delivery systems; and (6) building capacity.
Capacity strengthening is a crucial element for A4NH’s longer-term impacts. Implementing the research program will require adequate capacity for translating research methods and outputs into adopted technologies and institutional and policy changes. Just as important, it will mean developing cross-disciplinary capacity at various levels, including government and development agencies as well as educational and research institutions.