While the rates of overweight and obesity are growing in low-, middle- and high-income countries due to overconsumption of calories and physical inactivity, persistent rates of micronutrient deficiencies exist across many populations. These growing public health challenges require unique interventions across many settings. The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is committed to improving nutrition and health through cross-disciplinary research, with a particular focus on improving the accessibility of food composition and dietary intake data, open data and methods harmonization, and the drivers of food choice.
Collaborators & Partners
Crop Composition Working Group, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, University of Florida, International Food Policy Research Institute, University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services, and Washington State University
The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute's active programs related to sustainable nutrition security include:
The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is co-leading a project that will help the US maintain a nutritious, reliable, affordable, and environmentally-sound food supply.
The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s CCDB is a curated, open resource that provides data on the natural variability in the nutritional composition (e.g., nutrients, anti-nutrients, and secondary metabolites) of key crop species.
The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute has compiled a catalogue of national, regional, and international food composition databases used for dietary assessments. This interactive, online resource is available to the public.
The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute's concluded projects in the area of sustainable nutrition security include:
Kansas City, MO, USA
November 15, 2017 - November 16, 2017
The Sustainable Agriculture Summit convened diverse stakeholders from across the food and agricultural supply chain to discuss opportunities to advance continuous improvement in agricultural sustainability. The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, University of Arkansas and the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops organized a one-hour Breakout Session on “Innovating Resilient US Fruit & Vegetable Supply Chains: Exploring Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Opportunities.”
Chicago, IL, USA
April 21, 2017
The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute was pleased to participate in a workshop that explored the intersection of food production, human nutrition and health in the global response to climate/environmental change, and developed strategies to facilitate research in this arena.
La Jolla, CA, USA
January 23, 2017
The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute hosted a scientific session at the ILSI Annual Meeting in La Jolla, California titled Hungry Cities: The Global Revolution in Food Systems.
Peng B, Guan K, Tang J et al.
Nature Plants | April 15, 2020
An advanced multiscale crop modelling framework will enable a gene-to-farm design of resilient and sustainable crop production systems under a changing climate at regional-to-global scales.
Walsh MK., Backlund P, Buja L, DeGaetano A, Melnick R, Prokopy L, Takle E, Todey D, Ziska L
USDA Technical Bulletin | July 29, 2020
This report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture focuses on how agricultural systems are impacted by climate change and offers a list of 20 indicators that provide a broad look at what is happening across the country.
Zhao C, Stöckle CO, Kruse J et al.
October 1, 2018
The goal of this protocol is to assess the climate change impact on fruit and vegetable production and potential adaptations, including possible shifts in production area in the United States.
Savary S, Bregaglio S, Willocquet L, Gustafson D, Mason D’Croz D, Sparks A, Castilla N, Djurle A, Allinne C, Sharma M, Rossi V, Amorim L, Bergamin A, Yuen J, Esker P, McRoberts N, Avelino J, Duveiller E, Koo J, Garrett K
Food Security | March 17, 2017
This article attempts to develop a framework that would enable assessment of the impacts of plant diseases, referred collectively to as crop health, on food security via its components. Given the number of components and interactions at play, a systems modelling approach is required to address the functioning of food systems exposed to plant disease risks.
Christianson K, McLean M, Bunning A, Leet W
July 1, 2017
This report contains information on the current health situation, rice production and distribution systems, and potential partners in ten countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.