Heard of the recent DFID call for proposals to "accelerate the development of innovative and interdisciplinary methods, metrics and tools to advance scientific understanding of the linkages between agriculture and food systems, and health and nutrition outcomes, to better inform policy and programmatic actions in low and middle income countries (LMICs)"? 7-8 grants worth £250,000 will be awarded. Call is open till November 21, 2014 - more information in the call document.
Following a call for proposals on nutrition impacts from agricultural research that SPIA issued in mid-2013, five new impact assessment studies are now in the pipeline. The lead scientists from each of these five studies, as well as SPIA and a number of external experts such as Alan Dangour (LSHTM), Inge Brouwer (Wageningen) and James Garrett (IFPRI/IFAD), all gathered in sunny Wageningen, Netherlands, on July 4-5th 2014 for a workshop organised by Erwin Bulte and colleagues from Wageningen University and Research Center.5Sep 2014
A recent paper (Agriculture, nutrition, and health in global development: typology and metrics for integrated interventions and research) in the Annals of New York Academy of Sciences focuses on the challenge of how best to assess impacts of integrated programs on food security, nutrition, and agriculture that also reflect the synergies of this integrated approach. As Masters et al. (2014) state "..but few have been rigorously analyzed, and most remain focused on measuring siloed outcomes within sectors and then aggregating these as if their impact equaled the sum of their parts." The complexity in IA is compounded when one considers that such interventions often operate at different scales.28Aug 2014