DFID & BMGF Agriculture-Nutrition Research Investments

 
Undernutrition remains one of the world’s greatest human and economic development challenges. Improving nutrition requires a multi-sectoral approach that brings together the health, agriculture, education, environment, water, sanitation and hygiene and social protection sectors. While there is some evidence that certain agricultural interventions can enhance dietary intakes and improve nutrition and health outcomes, there is a need for a broader set of robust and large-scale evidence to guide global program and policy efforts in nutrition-sensitive agriculture.
 
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Government’s Department for International Development are co-funding a set of research projects which seek to address these evidence gaps. These projects will deliver high quality evidence linking agriculture, nutrition and health through systems-level approaches. This research agenda on nutritious food systems is outlined in more detail in the white paper Agriculture for Improved Nutrition: A Future Research Agenda
 
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Government’s Department for International Development are investing in new evidence in three areas:
 
Assessing the impact of agricultural policies and interventions
This research portfolio focuses on agricultural policies and interventions in low- and middle-income countries, generating rigorous, policy relevant evidence through high-quality trial and study designs. Click here to jump to more information on studies funded.
 
Improving food safety in informal markets
This research portfolio is testing approaches and interventions to tackle foodborne disease and improve food safety in low- and middle-income contexts. Click here to jump to more information on studies funded.
 
Understanding the drivers of food choice among low-income consumers
This research portfolio is generating new evidence on the drivers of food choice among low-income consumers in Africa and South Asia. Food choices play a critical role in influencing nutrient intake and health, yet there are significant evidence gaps around the factors which influence these choices among poor consumers. Click here to jump to more information on studies funded.

Formative & Impact Studies

Targeting and re-aligning agriculture to improve nutrition (TRAIN) in Bangladesh and India

International Food Policy Research Institute

Community-driven and digital technology-enabled agriculture intervention for nutrition: a cluster randomised control trial in Odisha, India (UPAVAN)

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Agronomic biofortification of maize with zinc fertilisers to improve nutrition in young children and women of reproductive age in rural Ethiopia

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT)

Agricultural incomes and nutrition: the effect of seasonality and household coping mechanisms

Vrutti

More Milk: making the most of milk

International Livestock Research Institute

Impact evaluation of an integrated poultry value chain and nutrition intervention (SE LEVER) in Burkina Faso

International Food Policy Research Institute

A formative and feasibility assessment of opportunities for strengthening dairy value chains in Ghana for improved maternal and child nutrition outcomes

University of Ghana

Harnessing food demand systems for improved nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa

University of Georgia

Food safety grants

Drivers of Food Choice research

To explore these funded projects please visit the Drivers of Food Choice webpage at the University of South Carolina.