News from Flagship Four: SPEAR

The many links between agriculture and nutrition suggest that agricultural policies, interventions, and programs can be better designed to enhance nutrition and health benefits, but a there is a disconnect between them. Research under this flagship explores why the disconnect persists, and more importantly, how we can turn agriculture into a powerful lever for raising people’s health and nutritional status, while contributing to addressing other development challenges, such as food security, poverty, equity, and sustainability.

To learn more about A4NH's work on Supporting Policies, Programs, and Enabling Action through Research, please visit the SPEAR Flagship page.

Below are news stories, blog posts, and other information that help inform research and progress in this area.

From Challenge to Change

Obesity is increasing in most countries, in both urban and rural settings, across socio-economic levels, among children and adults. Consequences include a heightened risk of noncommunicable diseases, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and various cancers. This alarming global trend coincides with limited and patchy progress in driving down rates of undernutrition, as shown by >> Read more

The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change

A new report by the Lancet Commission on the Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change delivers a powerful, incisive analysis of the drivers of those overlapping worldwide problems with some long-overdue and hard-hitting recommendations.

Tackling the Double Burden of Malnutrition: Time to Innovate!

The first decade of the 21st century was one of widespread inertia toward the burgeoning “double burden,” that is, rising overweight co-existing with relatively stagnant undernutrition rates — even within the nutrition and public health world.

Accelerating Progress to End Hunger and Malnutrition through Implementation Science

Undernutrition remains a stubborn development challenge in many parts of the world, yet overweight and obesity are simultaneously on the rise globally, and sharply increasing in many low and middle-income countries. As a result, rates of diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases are climbing, increasing the global health burden, while micronutrient deficiencies plague both ends of this spectrum >> Read more