One of the most pressing challenges for agriculture is the consumer’s demand for higher quality food that is more nutrient-dense, tastes better, and is healthier/safer with more transparency about how it is grown. This demand is changing crop production by putting pressure on the entire value chain.
Nutrition-sensitive agriculture is a food-based approach to agricultural development that puts nutritionally rich foods, dietary diversity, and food fortification at the heart of overcoming malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. This approach stresses the multiple benefits derived from enjoying a variety of foods, recognizing the nutritional value of food for proper nutrition, and the importance and social significance of the food and agricultural sector for supporting rural livelihoods. The overall objective of nutrition-sensitive agriculture is to make the global food system better equipped to produce good nutritional outcomes.
FBSciences Delivers Healthier, More Nutritious Food
At FBSciences, our purpose is to transform agriculture and food production globally. One of the key benefits of our technologies and products is the ability to produce more nutrient-dense food. Though trials and commercial activities, we have proven the ability to move more nutrients into fruiting bodies, decrease incidences of fruit disorders, improve return on investment for the grower due to more even maturity, and produce larger, more consistent fruit size with better color. Also, our technologies and products provide significant improvement in other quality parameters like brix, protein, starch, soluble solids, and relative feed value.
A Challenge for the Entire Food System
To adequately address the problem of malnutrition, interventions are needed throughout the entire food system, from production to processing, transport, consumption, and waste management. Improvements will also be required in complementary sectors such as health, education, water, and sanitation to eliminate the spread of infectious diseases and to share knowledge on successful nutrition practices. Governments, too, must integrate nutrition-sensitive strategies into their agricultural development policies to ensure nutrition-sensitive programs are funded and implemented. Cross-sectoral coordination is essential for sustainable, comprehensive advancements in eliminating malnutrition.
Healthy, well-nourished people are both the outcome of successful social and economic development as well as an essential input into the development process. Agriculture is the primary source of food, employment, and income for 70 to 80 percent of people suffering from hunger in developing countries. As such, food security is unlikely to be achieved without considerable attention from the food and agriculture sector.