Sustainable Food Futures
She was born on the farm, grew up there, and today she is a prosperous tomato producer, but not just any tomato! It is an organic tomato produced in a sustainable way and adapted to the temperate climate of her region.
The battle against hunger and malnutrition in Africa is heading in a positive direction, with impressive gains made across the continent in recent decades. But governments and the private sector still have many obstacles and opportunities to definitively bring an end to these issues that affect many millions of people. Ahead of World Food Day, which this year is promoting the goal of #ZeroHunger by 2030, experts from CIAT discussed some of the urgent actions needed to help attain this goal.
CIAT and the National Institute of Nutrition of Vietnam (NIN) launched a collaborative Partial Food Systems Baseline Assessment at different sites in the country. The aim of the study is to elucidate specific components of local Vietnamese food systems along a rural to urban gradient, with a specific focus on (i) diets and nutrition, (ii) nutrition status (anthropometry), (iii) consumer behavior and (iv) food flows.
Hard choices will have to be made soon about the way we eat. Are we ready for the bitter bites?
The multi-composite, safe, nutritious, and affordable porridge flours aimed at diversifying diets of consumers have been launched in Kenya and Uganda.
Elise Talsma (Wageningen University) and Diana Carolina Lopera (CIAT), two members of the CIAT team awardee of one of IMMANA (Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Action) grants, took part in the 3rd Annual Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy Week, in Accra, Ghana.
This analysis will be one of the very first one of this kind conducted at the global level. The results will potentially have huge implications for policy and decision-makers at both national and international levels.
CIAT is working closely with the University of Florida and is implementing a research project on intra-household (or domestic) nutritional decision-making dynamics in rural households in Guatemala, as part of an IMMANA Grant funded by UK Aid.
CATAS and CIAT Asia researchers held a 3-day joint workshop in April to prioritize key research areas, co-develop project concepts, and identify target funding sources. In the end, the new CATAS-CIAT cooperation portfolio came to include proposed projects on: 1) tropical crops such as cassava, forages, coffee, and tropical fruits; 2) sustainable farming systems including the role of microorganisms in enhancing productivity; 3) data-driven agronomy for sustainable agri-food systems; and 4) understanding consumer preferences for quality-traits to guide crop improvement and product development for tropical fruits.
In a paper, Jonathan Mockshell proposes a new sustainable agriculture concept that harnesses the similarities of agroecological and sustainable agricultural intensification.
About Sustainable Food Futures
Food security is not enough to ensure a healthy future. We need new food production and distribution systems that ensure everyone has access to varied, nutritious foods produced with a minimal environmental footprint. From genes to beans to market chains to food waste, CIAT is helping shape the vision of a sustainable food system.
Senior Researcher & Theme Leader of Sustainable Food Systems