Local diets: Better nutrition, not just food

A global campaign, Generation Nutrition, has produced key recommendations for agricultural organisations to combat child malnutrition. Research into over 7,000 agricultural programmes revealed that many had no evidence that crop yield increases had improved nutrition and diet. Generation Nutrition is calling policymakers to design agricultural programmes around nutrition objectives by incorporating explicit nutrition objectives and indicators especially targeted at smallholder farmers and vulnerable groups. Other recommendations include increasing nutrition-sensitive approaches for agriculture, tackling recurring seasonal food shortages and integrating with other initiatives to tackle the multi-sectoral causes of undernutrition.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.