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:
San Francisco, California, USA
December 11, 2019
Dr. Dave Gustafson delivered a presentation about the Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains: Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Opportunities project as part of the session on Improving the Simulation of Climate Impacts on Agriculture at the 2019 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Breakout Session: Busting Food Sustainability Myths – Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Opportunities in Fruit & Vegetable Supply Chains
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
November 21, 2019
Organized by the Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains: Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Opportunities project, this breakout session at the Sustainable Agriculture Summit addressed many of the myths about “sustainable food.”
Washington, DC, USA
July 17, 2019
This year’s Agriculture & Food Systems Institute Annual Scientific Symposium, co-organized with the Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), focused on the role of agricultural research in addressing water variability and scarcity.
3rd Annual Workshop for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains Project
July 10, 2019 - July 11, 2019
The 3rd Annual Workshop for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains project took place on July 10-11, 2019 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Acharya T, Fanzo J, Gustafson D, Ingram J, Schneeman B
June 1, 2014
This working paper explores the key domains of sustainable nutrition security (SNS).
Gustafson DI, Jones JW, Porter CH, Hyman G, Edgerton MD, Gocken T, Shryock J, Doane M, Budreski K, Stone C, Healy D
International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability | January 15, 2014
In this article, the authors discuss the difference between observed yields and those achievable by optimized crop production methods, or yield gap, for maize.
Climate Adaptation Imperatives: Global Sustainability Trends and Eco-efficiency Metrics in Four Major Crops – Canola, Cotton, Maize, and Soybeans
Gustafson D, Collins M, Fry J, Smith S, Matlock M, Zilberman D, Shryock J, Doanee M, Ramsey N
International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability | October 15, 2013
This paper presents national-level eco-efficiency metrics in several representative production countries during the most recent decade (2000–2010) for four important crops: canola, cotton, maize, and soybeans.
Agriculture & Food Systems Institute Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutritional Security
October 1, 2013
The Knowledge Systems for Sustainability Collaborative and the Tällberg Foundation met in Tällberg, Sweden discuss how public and private sector groups can work together to improve sufficiency and resilience in agriculture and food systems. These proceedings summarize those discussions and outline next steps.
Takle ES, Gustafson D, Beachy R, Neslon GC, Mason-D'Croz D, Palazzo A
Economics | February 22, 2013
This open access journal article explores how diminishing resources (arable land and water) is likely to affect future agricultural output.