Supporting nutrition-sensitive agriculture through neglected and underutilized species is a new framework, developed by Bioversity International and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), that sets out how using a diversified range of crop species and varieties can put nutrition back into our food production systems.
The publication draws attention to the underutilized potential of thousands of cultivated and wild food plants that are no longer used in mainstream agriculture, having fallen victim to modern cultivation practices, the standardization and uniformity of globalized markets or changing eating habits. Also known as 'neglected and underutilized species,' these plants have the potential to contribute to healthy diets, healthy food production systems, improved livelihoods and sustainable development. They also make good economic sense.
Groundbreaking projects that IFAD has been championing in Asia, Africa and Latin America for almost 20 years, with partners including Bioversity International, have gathered the evidence, for example, on mainstreaming millets as a central element for sustainably enhanced incomes, empowerment and nutrition in rural India.