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GFAR

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) brings together all those working to strengthen and transform agricultural research for development around the world. As part of this role, GFAR is working with New Agriculturist to showcase and raise awareness of important initiatives and their outcomes, to update and inspire others.

Research and innovation... Nutrition

One billion people in the world do not have enough food to eat and many more are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Undernutrition irreversibly damages cognitive and physical development and causes severe stunting in children. It is also estimated that it contributes to the loss of an average of 2-3 per cent of GDP in developing countries each year. In the run up to a 'hunger summit' to drive further global action to reduce hunger and malnutrition, immediately before the G8 summit in June 2013, GFAR draws attention to work in Bangladesh, India and Vietnam that is addressing nutrition and health challenges.

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Organic sack gardening in Bangladesh

Organic sack gardening in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, 500 people with limited access to land are supplementing their food and income by growing vegetables in sacks. In addition to enabling families to consume vegetables more regularly, sack gardening has also empowered women, who most often organise and take care of the gardens.

Date published: May 2013

Making mountain communities nutritonally secure

Making mountain communities nutritonally secure

To help smallholders in India's central Himalayan mountain region attain food and nutrition security and increase their net incomes from sustainable livelihoods, the Institute of Himalayan Environmental Research and Education is working with agricultural communities to promote agricultural biodiversity and add value to and provide markets for smallholder produce.

Date published: May 2013

Protecting Vietnamese street food

Protecting Vietnamese street food

Informal street food contributes to food security and to national economic growth but the selling of food without proper sanitary measures raises food safety concerns. In Vietnam, one NGO has launched a campaign to encourage vendors to implement good practices to protect consumers.

Date published: May 2013

 

 

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