TOPIC 3

A platform for positive nutrition providing the linkages, needs, and points of communication between food production, distribution, consumption, and health outcomes.

Priya Agarwal

Associate, Secretariat; National Coalition for Natural Farming (NCNF)

Marcella D’Souza

Physician, Director, WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS); Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS)

Priyanka Jamwal

Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development; Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)

Purnima Menon

Senior Research Fellow; International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Manoj Pareek

Head R&D - Nutrition; Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL)

Durba Biswas

Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development; Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)

Julia Finkelstein

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and The Follett Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow, Division of Nutrition Sciences, CU; Division of Nutritional Sciences and Department of Global Development, Cornell University; and St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, India

Bhubesh Kumar

Director - Food & Agri; Research Innovation Circle Hyderabad (RICH)

Prashanth N Srinivas

Assistant Director Research - Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bengaluru

Tanya Seshadri

Director - Community Health, Tribal Health Resource Centre, VGKK; Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK)

Tulshe Chowdhury

Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant, OPML; Community Member, ICA; Oxford Policy Management Limited (OPML); Initiative for Climate Action (ICA)

Srajesh Gupta

Program Associate, Secretariat; National Coalition for Natural Farming (NCNF)

Ananya Mekapati

Manager; Research Innovation Circle Hyderabad (RICH)

Abhayraj Naik

Co-Founder - Initiative for Climate Action (ICA)

MOTIVATION

Poor diets contribute to all forms of malnutrition. There are many causes of poor diets, including high prices of nutritious foods, under valuation of indigenous and local nutritious foods, structural determinants such as poverty, time constraints, as well as limited awareness of how to put healthy diets together in line with taste and cultural preferences. Low birth weight caused by malnutrition further predisposes an individual not just to undernutrition in childhood but also noncommunicable diseases later in adulthood. Living environments including sanitation, water, housing quality, electricity, and other factors are also associated with nutritional status because they affect infections and illnesses which lead to nutrient losses from the body. All these issues have led to population-level child undernutrition including wasting and stunting, underweight mothers, anaemia, obesity and noncommunicable diseases in the general population.

AIMS

1. Using case studies and existing evidence, identify the stakeholders, parameters, drivers, and blocks underlying current and past nutritional interventions in rural communities.
2. Map exchange pathways, points of inflection and structural roadblocks underlying effective interventions for nutrition in selected rural districts.
3. Provide insights on data needs to identify and assess intervention strategies.
4. Create an adaptive digital platform that can illustrate linkages, needs, and points of communication between food production, distribution, consumption, and health outcomes for decision makers and implementers in rural districts to identify intervention strategies that support positive nutrition.

IMPACT

1. Improved nutritional interventions will improve the resilience of communities.
2. Improved diets will improve resistance to diseases and other health issues.
3. Can improve health and development of infants and children.
4. Improved diversity of crops can increase diversity of local diets and ecologically smart food systems.
5. Can provide a repository and platform for nutritional strategies and food products.
6. Can provide a mechanism for scaling localized strategies to national scales.
7. Can increase food security, ecosystems health, and climate resilience of food production systems.
8. Provides interdisciplinary and cross-platform insights for knowledge of food system.