Community of Practice: Agriculture-Nutrition (Ag2Nut)
Recently, attention to the agricultural sector is growing, with a focus on leveraging agriculture to improve nutrition and health. Agricultural investments and programs can lead not only to increased production and reduced poverty, but also improved nutrition. As agriculture affects everyone—and many of those most at risk of undernutrition are directly engaged in agriculture—nutrition-sensitive agricultural policies and interventions are needed to reduce malnutrition globally.
What is it?
The Agriculture-Nutrition Community of Practice (Ag2Nut CoP) is a global network of professionals working on issues pertaining to the intersection of agriculture and nutrition. The group is informal and designed to facilitate information sharing and networking.
How did it start?
The Ag2Nut CoP arose in June 2010 when several people discovered that they were all writing policy briefs for their respective institutions on how to link agriculture and nutrition. The group emerged to facilitate communication and discussion so that those people working at the intersection of agriculture and nutrition could communicate with a common set of responses, to the greatest degree possible, and with the broader development community. The United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) offered to provide a space on its website for interested individuals to come together and join the CoP.
What are the objectives of the community of practice?
The community of practice is designed to be a virtual space for sharing resources to build a common evidence pool, for facilitating communication across sectors, and for developing key messages to communicate to the broader development community. The goal is to break down the silos that separate agriculture from nutrition through creating opportunities for cross-sectoral dialogue on issues of mutual interest. The group has facilitated face-to-face meetings at various conferences and events since mid-2010, held periodic, thematic discussions by conference call, and disseminated research findings, tools, and guidance materials. The outcomes of the group evolve with the needs of the members.
Presently, the community of practice includes more than 1,000 members from 73 countries. It includes members of developing country governments, national and international NGOs, UN organizations, universities, independent professionals, bilateral institutions and donor organizations.
To join the growing community, click here.