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Grand Challenge on Leveraging Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (GC-AgN)

With 805  million  people  in  the  world undernourished;  more  than  two  billion  people  suffering from micronutrient deficiencies; and one in five children stunted, global health and development goals  cannot  be  attained  without  addressing  the  magnitude  of  hunger  and  malnutrition. To achieve this, a large number of interlinked and interconnected interventions are needed across multiple sectors, especially relating to agriculture and health.


Over the past 50 years, millions of Indians were lifted out of poverty as a result of India’s leadership  in  innovating  products,  processes,  and  services  in  agriculture. These agricultural innovations offer great potential for broader replication to address nutrition challenges globally in comparable biophysical and socio-economic conditions.


Grand Challenges in Agriculture for Nutrition (GC-AgN) is an initiative of IKP Knowledge Park (IKP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to adapt Indian innovations in the agri-food sector in developing countries in Africa and South Asia with an aim to impact the nutrition status of undernourished and malnourished populations in those countries.


It is  part  of  the  global  Feed the  Future  (FtF) initiative (https://www.feedthefuture.gov/) of USAID. As  part  of this  initiative, IKP  will  crowd-source  tested  Indian  technologies,  business models, best practices, and knowledge innovations and solutions in the agri-food sector around well-defined  priority  questions  addressing  persistent  problems  in  delivering  nutrition,  for implementation  and  adaptation  in  identified  developing  countries  in  Africa  and  South  Asia. Innovative projects  that  have  been  piloted  or  field  tested  in  India  and  having  potential  for adaptation  in  other  developing  countries  will  be  identified  through two  (2) open  Call  for Proposals, funded, monitored and nurtured over a three-year period through this program.

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