Knowledge for better food systems

Diversity food and diets Using agricultural biodiversity to improve nutrition and health

This publication forms part of a larger series published by Earthscan/Routledge in association with Biodiversity Iinternational, entitled Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity. The volume explores the current state of knowledge on the role of agricultural biodiversity in improving diets, nutrition and food security. Using examples and case studies from around the globe, the book explores current strategies for improving nutrition and diets and identifies key research and implementation gaps that need to be addressed to successfully promote the better use of agricultural biodiversity for rural and urban populations and societies in transition.

This publication forms part of a larger series published by Earthscan/Routledge in association with Biodiversity Iinternational, entitled Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity. The volume explores the current state of knowledge on the role of agricultural biodiversity in improving diets, nutrition and food security. Using examples and case studies from around the globe, the book explores current strategies for improving nutrition and diets and identifies key research and implementation gaps that need to be addressed to successfully promote the better use of agricultural biodiversity for rural and urban populations and societies in transition.

Forewords are written by UN representative on Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, UN Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The first half of the book then outlines some of the challenges, and identifies potential solutions and opportunities to conserve, measure, and utilize biodiversity for improved diets and nutrition security. The second half provides twelve case studies on the links between agricultural biodiversity and diets and nutrition.

The publication builds on work by FAO and Biodiversity international around sustainable diets and discusses opportunities for linking sustainable diets, agricultural biodiversity and nutrition as well as barriers to mainstreaming agricultural biodiversity for improved diets and nutrition.

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Fanzo, J.; Hunter, D.; Borelli, T.; Mattei, F.(eds.), 2013, Biodiversity International, Routhledge.

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