Integrated Programs and Policies (Flagship 4)

Ethiopian farmer and interviewer

A farmer participates in a socioeconomic survey, in Aman, Bench, Southern Ethiopia. Source flickr (ILRI/Lynch)

Integrated Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Programs and Policies

This research component focuses on providing research outputs to support program implementers and policymakers in the agriculture, nutrition, and health sectors. A major assumption is that the integration of program and policy efforts across the agriculture, nutrition, and health sectors can lead to much more positive nutrition and health impacts. This component has two mutually reinforcing components, one on support to program implementation, the second on support to policymakers and investors.

Subcomponent 1: Integrated Programs

This subcomponent builds on existing programs to support development implementers as they develop new approaches and models to integrate agriculture, nutrition, and health inputs. The research focus is to:

  • Develop and use new research methods and tools to support the development, testing, monitoring, evaluating, documentation, and scaling up of integrated agriculture, nutrition, and health programs.
  • A major emphasis will be in working with partners to rigorously evaluate program implementation on the cost-effectiveness of achieving nutrition and health benefits together with agricultural benefits.

Subcomponent 2: Harmonized Policies

This subcomponent seeks to provide research to support better policymaking and investments to enable agriculture to enhance nutrition and health benefits. This enabling process may include policymaking frameworks, the support of cross-sectoral institutional arrangements, and the supplying of evidence of the most effective and efficient interventions. One assumption is that new metrics and evidence can facilitate cross-sectoral processes and decision making for improving nutrition and health.

  • Research outputs will include information, processes, and decision support tools to help policymakers choose among feasible alternatives based on effectiveness and efficiency considerations.
  • Critical areas for cross-sectoral collaboration will be identified, either as information sharing, aligned activities, or integrated joint efforts. Not all agriculture, nutrition, and health challenges require integrated solutions. Careful attention will be paid to how policy research adds value to ongoing sectoral and cross-sectoral activities, while avoiding duplication of effort.