FANRPAN Strategy for Integrating Nutrition into Agriculture Programmes

1. The Need for Integrating Nutrition into Agriculture Development Programmes
At a time when agricultural investments and productivity of food staples are finally increasing in Africa, the number of stunted children in Africa rose from 50.8 million in 2000 to 58.6 million in 2012. Malnutrition undermines the health and limits the opportunities of almost one in four people in Africa. It is estimated that high rates of malnutrition can reduce a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by as much as 12 percent. The disconnect between agriculture and nutrition must end.