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Integrating fish, roots, tubers and bananas in food systems: Opportunities and constraints

Integrating fish, roots, tubers and bananas in food systems: Opportunities and constraints

Atkins, Molly, Byrd, Kendra, Pincus, Lauren, Naziri, Diego ORCID: 0000-0002-8078-5033, Yossa, Rodrigue and Thilsted, Shakuntala (2020) Integrating fish, roots, tubers and bananas in food systems: Opportunities and constraints. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

Until recently, nutrition and health outcomes were not considered in the vast majority of agricultural policies, with micronutrient deficiencies receiving limited attention. Despite agricultural growth,
undernutrition still persists and has now become a major threat to health in low- and middle-income countries. Nutrition-sensitive agricultural policies are essential in the pursuit of globally agreed nutrition targets. They aim to address the underlying determinants of micronutrient deficiencies by ensuring access to and adequate consumption of a variety of nutritious and safe foods. “Food-based approaches” are widely considered economically and ecologically sustainable approaches to agricultural development that could
simultaneously alleviate food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty. Such food-based approaches require effective collaboration and co-ordination between sectors across the food systems. This working paper is a collaboration between two CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs): Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) and Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB). This working paper documents linkages between fish, roots, tubers and bananas (RTB crops) within food systems; identifies opportunities for strengthened integration in production systems, animal feed and nutritional products; and identifies constraints and research gaps, and provides policy recommendations that support nutrition-sensitive food systems. This working paper looks into integrated aquaculture—agriculture (IAA) food systems globally, before focusing on two specific
countries: Bangladesh and Nigeria. The research is mostly based on peer-reviewed publications, though it is complemented with illustrative accounts from academic professionals, farmers and consumers.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: fish, roots, tubers, bananas, food systems, sustainable agriculture, sustainable aquaculture
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Development Studies Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2020 10:32
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28568

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