Pathways to Progress: The Story of Agriculture for Nutrition and Health and What Comes Next


by A4NH | November 4, 2021

What can agriculture do for nutrition?

In 2012, a group of funders and implementing partners asked themselves this question. In response, CGIAR launched the Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), an integrative research program working at the intersection of these three critical sectors. Over time, this portfolio evolved to consider some of the most pressing challenges facing global development today: food systems transformation, One Health, equity and women's empowerment, and more.

The A4NH program will close at the end of 2021. On November 18, A4NH and the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health (ANH) Academy gathered stakeholders from across the program's portfolio to consider the research A4NH has conducted over its 10-year history, discuss what has been learned, and identify how this work can be built upon moving forward.



  • Opening remarks:
    • Suneetha Kadiyala, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
    • John McDermott, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)
    • Emorn Udomkesmalee, Chair, Board of Directors, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Panel: Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture
    • Deanna Olney, IFPRI (moderator)
    • Marie Ruel, IFPRI (presenter)
    • Mutinta Hambayi, East Africa Regional Bureau, United Nations World Food Programme (panelist)
    • Rolf DW Klemm, Helen Keller International (panelist)
    • Rachel Lambert, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom (panelist)
  • How it Started, How it's Going: Rapid-Fire Presentations
    • Hazel Malapit, IFPRI
    • Joe Yates, LSHTM
    • Ekin Birol, HarvestPlus
    • Alejandro Ortega-Beltran, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
    • Jeff Waage, LSHTM
    • Silvia Alonso, International Livestock Research Institute
  • Panel: National Food System Transformation
    • Namukolo Covic, IFPRI (moderator)
    • Sisay Sinamo Boltena, Ministry of Health, Ethiopia (panelist)
    • Inge Brouwer, Wageningen University & Research (presenter)
    • Rudaba Khondker, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (panelist)
    • Truong Tuyet Mai, National Institute of Nutrition, Viet Nam (panelist)
    • Folake Samuel, University of Ibadan (panelist)
  • Panel: Looking Ahead
    • Hazel Malapit, IFPRI (moderator)
    • Suneetha Kadiyala, LSHTM (panelist)
    • Emmy Simmons, member, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (panelist)
  • Closing Remarks
    • Jeff Waage, LSHTM
    • John McDermott, A4NH
  • Program Moderator: Janet Hodur, A4NH
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