The African Food System and Its Interactions with Human Health and Nutrition
Hunger, malnutrition, poor health, and deficient food systems
are widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa. While much is known about
African food systems and about African health and nutrition, our
understanding of the interaction between food systems and health
and nutrition is deficient. Moreover, the potential health gains
from changes in the food system are frequently overlooked in policy
design and implementation.
The authors of The African Food System and its Interactions
with Human Health and Nutrition examine how public policy and
research aimed at the food system and its interaction with human
health and nutrition can improve the well-being of Africans and
help achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs). Several of the MDGs focus on health-related challenges:
hunger alleviation; maternal, infant, and child mortality; the
control of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; and the provision
of safe water and improved sanitation. These challenges are
intensified by problems of low agricultural and food system
productivity, gender inequity, lack of basic infrastructure, and
environmental degradation, all of which have direct and indirect
detrimental effects on health, nutrition, and the food system.
Reflecting the complexity and multidisciplinary nature of these
problems and their solutions, this book features contributions by
world-renowned experts in economics, agriculture, health,
nutrition, food science, and demography.
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