IFAD Working To Improve Agriculture, Nutrition

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Kanayo Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), discusses the agency’s efforts to improve agriculture and nutrition. “…To eradicate malnutrition, of course, is a complex endeavor. Our work must be complemented with actions in other sectors, particularly health, education, and water and sanitation. But good nutrition still begins with food and agriculture. … We have to start from the premise that agriculture needs to provide greater and more comprehensive attention to nutrition. … Partnerships and knowledge exchange will continue to be an important part of our future work on nutrition, and I look forward to working with our members and partners to ensure that IFAD-funded programs contribute to greater access to nutritious foods and high-quality diets for the rural poor, particularly women and children” (2/7).