Agriculture for Improved Nutrition: A Future Research Agenda

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Agriculture for Improved Nutrition: A Future Research Agenda

    

Undernutrition remains one of the world’s greatest human and economic development challenges.  Undernutrition comes in many forms, and is not always visible.  One in four children under 5 years of age suffers from stunting, or chronic undernutrition, which is caused by diets of insufficient quality and quantity, inappropriate care and feeding practices in early life, and high rates of infectious disease.  Wasting, or acute undernutrition, can be the result of seasonal changes in diets or infectious diseases.  And micronutrient deficiencies are associated with a multitude of poor health and development outcomes. 

Improving nutrition requires a multi-sectoral approach that brings together the health, agriculture, education, environment, water, sanitation and hygiene and social protection sectors.  Food systems, defined as the production, marketing, transformation, and purchase of food, and the consumer practices, resources, and institutions involved in these processes (Global Panel 2015), can play an integral role in multiple nutritional outcomes.  A functioning, healthy food system should deliver equitable consumption of a safe, affordable, diverse diet year-round.  It should do so sustainably, with respect to both environmental considerations and food systems viability over the long-term, especially in the face of changing environments and the demand for foods from increasingly urban populations.  These food systems, which interface with both rural and urban populations, and producers and consumers alike, provide key opportunities for improving nutritional outcomes.

There is a clear potential for the agriculture sector to play a critical role in enhancing nutrition and health especially for women and children.  A well-developed agriculture and fishery sector can deliver increased and diversified farm outputs (crops, livestock, fish, non-food products) that may enhance food and nutrition security directly through increased access to and consumption of diverse foods, or indirectly through greater incomes to farmers and increased national wealth.  Indeed, agriculture is a significant source of livelihoods in many poor countries and, in these settings, is also a major employer of women.  Furthermore, the links between agriculture and nutrition work in both directions in that better nutrition and health of farmers can increase their agricultural and economic productivity.  However, agriculture also carries risks to nutrition and health outcomes, for example, through zoonotic and other agriculture-related diseases, through the impact of agriculture on women’s workload and time for child care and feeding, and through the impact of agriculture on major environmental determinants of health including climate, groundwater availability, air quality and biodiversity.

There is some evidence that certain agricultural interventions can enhance dietary intakes and improve nutrition and health outcomes (for example summarized in: Carletto et al., 2015; Masset et al., 2012; Ruel et al., 2013; Webb Girard et al., 2012).  Currently however, the evidence base for the potential of agricultural strategies to improve the nutrition and health of women and children is mixed, based on a relatively small number of heterogeneous studies, and generally constrained by methodological limitations.  There is a need for a broader set of robust and large-scale evidence to guide global program and policy efforts in nutrition-sensitive agriculture. 

Please review the white paper, Agriculture for Improved Nutrition: A future research agenda for additional background.  In this paper, we report on the findings of a brief literature review and a consultation process with experts to identify critical gaps in the evidence base linking agriculture with nutrition.  We present this as a discussion paper to solicit feedback from researchers, program managers, and policy makers.

To apply to the Agriculture for Improved Nutrition Research Program, funded by the UK Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, please review the Request for Applications here.  If your concept meets the requirements outlined in the RFA, please submit a concept memo using this template and submit no later than June 1, 2017, to AgNutritionRFP_ImpactEval@gatesfoundation.org

For information about grants already awarded under this program please visit the links below

Agriculture-Nutrition Impact Studies - Round 1 awards/grants

Agriculture-Nutrition Impact Studies - Round 2 awards/grants

Drivers of Food Choice awards/grants

Useful documents

RFA

Concept note form

Please feel free to post any questions or queries on this forum where a response will be posted in due course.

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Participated on animal source foods for nutrition impact:Evidence and good practices for informed project decisions workshop held in Nairobi, ILRI compus. Out this particular workshop, I learnt that additional knowledges required to be jenerated on livestock to human nutrition and came to know that project designs must clearly defined from the outset that nutrition context assessment, explicit nutrition related objectives, nutrition sensitive targeting criteria and women empowerment mechanism are need to be well designed.

bnatam17
Number and duration of grants

Hi 

I wanted to inquire about the number and duration of grants to be offered from this call. How many grants will be offered this time? Is it possible to have grants of shorter duration e.g. 1 or 2 years?

 

Thank you,

 

Barnabas

Agriculture Nut...
Number and Duration of Grants

Dear Sir / Madam,

Thank you for your question regarding the Agriculture-Nutrition RFP. 

Per the FAQ section in the RFA, What is the length of a grant that will be considered?, we will consider research studies that propose a rational timeline from inception to research completion that do not exceed 4 years. 

We expect to award multiple grants, and proposals with a 1-2 year timeframe will be considered given that they respond to the RFA.

Kind Regards,

Agriculture-Nutrition RFP Team

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Andrea Bohn
Question about the concept note budget

The budget template does not include a line for indirect cost. Is that an omission or should ICR not be added to the overall cost estimate at this point?

Agriculture Nut...
Budget / Indirect Costs

Dear Sir / Madam,

Thank you for your interest in the Agriculture-Nutrition RFP. 

In the concept note stage, you can either incorporate indirect costs into each line item, or include indirects as a separate line item. If your concept note is successful, the proposal round will require a more detailed budget in which indirects will be listed separately.

Kind Regards,

Agriculture-Nutrition RFP Team

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Doctersvak
Budget thresholds

Dear Sir, Madam,

Are there minimum or maximum levels for the budget?

thank you,

Kind regards,

Klara Docters van Leeuwen

 

Agriculture Nut...
Budget

Dear Sir / Madam,

Thank you for your question regarding the Agriculture-Nutrition RFP. 

Per the FAQ on page 7 of the RFA, What is the budget that will be considered? We will consider research studies that propose appropriate costs for the study length, outcomes, and methods, and that propose strong value for money.

Kind Regards,

Agriculture-Nutrition RFP Team

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

AftonHalloran
Specific questions regarding the proposal

Dear Sir / Madam,

We have some specific questions that we would appreciate to have answered:

- Is there a limit for institutional overhead?

- What is the referencing format that we should follow for the application? 

- Exactly what is intended by sub-awards? Could this, for example, be PhD scholarships?

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.

Best,

Afton Halloran

Agriculture Nut...
Overhead / Formatting / Sub-Awards

Dear Sir / Madam,

Thank you for your interest in the Agriculture-Nutrition RFP. Please find responses to your inquiries below.

- Regarding institutional overhead: Please see our indirect cost policy here https://docs.gatesfoundation.org/documents/indirect_cost_policy.pdf

- Regarding referencing format: We do not have a preferred referencing format.

- Regarding sub-awards: We are open to any sub-awards that serve a primary function in the proposed research. Any sub-awards, including scholarships, must directly address the primary research question and be fundamentally necessary to complete the objectives. If your concept note is successful, a rationale for each sub-award will be requested in the proposal phase.

Kind Regards,

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Agriculture-Nutrition RFP Team  

kate.camargo
Concept note--limit to # of CNs submitted/organization?

Hello, our organization has a couple different projects that would be completely separate scopes of research in different countries. Is it possible for an organization to submit multiple concept notes?

Agriculture Nut...
Multiple Submissions

Dear Sir / Madam,

Thank you for your interest and your question regarding the Agriculture-Nutrition RFP.

Organizations may submit multiple concept notes. There is no limit to the number of concept notes from an organization, either as lead or part of a consortium.

Kind Regards,

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Agriculture-Nutrition RFP Team  

helenharrisfry
'A' and 'B' category on the form

Hello,

Please can you advise what the 'A' or 'B' application categories indicate? We can't see any guidelines in the RFP.

Many thanks,

Helen

Agriculture Nut...
Application Categories

Dear Sir / Madam,

Thank you for your question. 

There are no separate categories for this RFA. Please leave the concept note template with category "A" which is the default.

Kind Regards,

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Agriculture-Nutrition RFP Team

mark_vicol
Page length

Dear sir/madam,

Does the 9 page limit for the concept memo include the particulars (name, address etc) page?

 

Many thanks

Agriculture Nut...
Concept Note Length

Dear Sir / Madam,

Thank you for your question. 

All relevant and required information - including contact information and other particulars - should fit within the 9-page limit for the concept note.

Kind Regards,

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Agriculture-Nutrition RFP Team

sparsons@ideglo...
Please confirm time of submission

Midnight on June 1st can be interpreted as the beginning or end of the day, since 12am is technically the start of a new day. Please confirm if the deadline is 11:59pm June 1st, or the beginning of June 1st. Thank you.

Agriculture Nut...
Submissions Deadline

Dear Sir / Madam,

Please note that submissions will be accepted through 11:59pm PST on June 1, 2017, closing at midnight.

Kind Regards,

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Agriculture-Nutrition RFP Team

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