Thursday, 31 March 2016

[conserveafrica] IUFRO NEWS 3, 2016



Issue 3/2016



IUFRO NEWS 3, 2016

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Natural Resource Management: Ecological Perspectives

On 18-20 February the Indian Ecological Society and Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) of Jammu, India, organized a conference on natural resource management (NRM), which was co-sponsored by IUFRO 1.03.00 Short-rotation Forestry. NRM issues are inherently complex as they involve the ecological cycles, hydrological cycles, climate, animals, plants and geography etc. More



Models and Decision Support Tools for Integrated Forest Policy Development under Global Change

This seminar on February 18, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal, was co-sponsored by IUFRO Working Party 4.04.04 Sustainable Forest Management Scheduling. It focused on the current state of knowledge on methods and tools that may be used by public administrators, forest owners and industry for enhanced integration of adaptive strategies in forest management planning as well as in policy analysis in a context of global change. More



Forest Resource and Products: Moving Toward a Sustainable Future

The 59th SWST International Convention was held on 6-10 March, 2016 in Curitiba, Brazil. IUFRO Research Group 5.10.00 Forest Products Marketing and Business Management met as one session during the conference and primarily discussed issues of innovation, public perception, and impacts of the global financial crisis on the forest sector. More



Teaknet Partner Event at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2016

Experts from the Asia Pacific region and from overseas convened in a Partner Event at the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week, in Pampanga, Philippines, on 24 February 2016, to discuss the way forward in promoting teak (Tectona grandis). Current trends show that global demand for and importance of Teak will significantly increase as business opportunity for the private sector and as a means of income for smallholder farmers. More



From Development Discourses to Providing Data for Decision Making

The international seminar organized jointly by IUFRO WFSE and FAO-Finland Forestry Programme presented results of both projects and showed how research and natural resource assessments and monitoring can provide important information for enhancing sustainable development. More



21 March - Celebrating Forests and Water on the International Day of Forests!

The International Day of Forests (IDF) was celebrated all around the world on 21 March. The day aims to "raise awareness of the importance and strengthen the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests". This year's IDF had a particular focus on forests and water. Read a UN press release with a statement by the IUFRO President. More



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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Eldis Nutrition Reporter - Road to Rio; global dietary quality, undernutrition and NCDs; agriculture and nutrition in India; framing of undernutrition in India

In this issue: Road to Rio; global dietary quality, undernutrition and NCDs; agriculture and nutrition in India; framing of undernutrition in India


The causes and consequences of malnutrition, nutrition specific interventions, nutrition sensitive interventions, and the political economy of undernutrition.


Eldis Nutrition and Development Reporter

30 March 2016

This is our regular bulletin that highlights recent publications on nutrition and development issues.

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  1. Road to Rio Summit, Nutrition for Growth
  2. Global dietary quality, undernutrition and non-communicable disease: a longitudinal modelling study
  3. Agriculture and nutrition in India: mapping evidence to pathways
  4. Learning From the Past: Framing of Undernutrition in India Since Independence and Its Links to Agriculture

Road to Rio Summit, Nutrition for Growth

By: M.Mumma, T.Mung'ou and C.Ngina

The Nutrition for Growth Summit will take place on August 4 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the day before the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. Titus Mung'ou, Clementina Ngina and Manaan Mumma, from Kenya's Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA), write for Eldis on the commitments they hope Kenya will make on this occasion.

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Global dietary quality, undernutrition and non-communicable disease: a longitudinal modelling study

Authors: Green,R.; Sutherland,J.; Dangour,A.D.
Produced by: British Medical Journal (2016)

This study aimed to determine the relationship between global dietary energy availability and dietary quality, and nutrition-related health outcome.

It has demonstrated that by combining large, publicly available data sets, important patterns underlying trends in diet-related health can be uncovered. These associations remain even after accounting for measures of development over a 30-year period. Further work and joined-up multisectoral thinking will be required to translate these patterns into policies that can improve nutrition and health outcomes globally.

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Agriculture and nutrition in India: mapping evidence to pathways

Authors: Kadiyala,S.; Harris,J.; Headey,D.
Produced by: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2014)

In India, progress against undernutrition has been slow. Given its importance for income generation, improving diets, care practices, and maternal health, the agriculture sector is widely regarded as playing an important role in accelerating the reduction in undernutrition. This paper comprehensively maps existing evidence along agriculture– nutrition pathways in India and assesses both the quality and coverage of the existing literature. We present a conceptual framework delineating six key pathways between agriculture and nutrition.

Three pathways pertain to the nutritional impacts of farm production, farm incomes, and food prices. The other three pertain to agriculture–gender linkages. After an extensive search, we found 78 research papers that provided evidence to populate these pathways. The literature suggests that Indian agriculture has a range of important influences on nutrition. Agriculture seems to influence diets even when controlling for income, and relative food prices could partly explain observed dietary changes in recent decades. The evidence on agriculture–gender linkages to nutrition is relatively weak. Sizeable knowledge gaps remain. The root causes of these gaps include an interdisciplinary disconnect between nutrition and economics/agriculture, a related problem of inadequate survey data, and limited policy-driven experimentation. Closing these gaps is essential to strengthening the agriculture sector's contribution to reducing undernutrition.

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Learning From the Past: Framing of Undernutrition in India Since Independence and Its Links to Agriculture

Produced by: Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (2016)

Understanding policy debates from the past can help to explain and address the challenges of today. Agriculture can play an important role in the reduction of undernutrition in India. However, the nutrition-enhancing potential of agriculture remains underused. In order to understand the roots for the weak links between agriculture and nutrition in contemporary India, this paper follows the evolution of the policy debates on nutrition and agriculture from India's Independence to the present. The frame analysis reveals several substantial shifts in the framing. Undernutrition has been framed as a health issue (1950-'65), a problem of food shortage (1965-'75), a multidimensional poverty challenge (1975-'97) and a nutrition and food security issue (after 1997).

The framing of agriculture remained more or less unchanged until the early 2000s, with agriculture being portrayed as a key driver of economic growth and the foundation of food security. During the last 10-15 years the awareness of the potential of agriculture for a balanced, diversified and nutritious diet gradually increased in the policy debates; however, deeply-rooted beliefs and perceptions about agriculture remain and may hinder the development of more nutrition-sensitive agricultural programmes and policies.

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