Sustainable Food Futures

Solving hunger and malnutrition in Africa requires business, governments, social justice

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.

Partial food systems baseline assessment at the Vietnam benchmark sites

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.

Only tortillas and beans

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.

Agriculture across borders

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.

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.

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Mark Lundy

Mark Lundy

Senior Researcher & Theme Leader of Sustainable Food Systems

m.lundy@cgiar.org

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