Assessing the Impacts of International Agricultural Research on Nutrition and Health in SSA and SA, 2014-2016


There is a need to broaden and deepen the evidence base regarding the potential for agricultural research and development to leverage health and nutrition benefits. The intention is to complement, not to duplicate, on-going work in the Agriculture for Health and Nutrition (A4NH) and other CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), and to give priority to areas that until now are relatively “under-evaluated.” This prominently includes activities related to measuring the impact of research-derived interventions that plausibly impact on nutrition and health.

Through a two-stage call for proposals announced in July 2014, SPIA is funding studies under the following themes.

  • Theme 1: Changes in crops, varieties, technologies and farm practices.
  • Theme 2: Changes in markets, value chains, and consumer demand.

Further, to enhance synergies and coherence across individual projects, this impact assessment program has a geographical focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

56 concept notes were initially received, and 12 that were shortlisted for the full proposal stage were externally reviewed. The list of five (5) funded proposals below.

  • Assessing the impacts of the adoption of high iron bean varieties on bean and iron intake of rural vulnerable populations in Rwanda (June 2014 - May 2016), Virginia Tech, CIAT, and HarvestPlus
  • Role of crop diversification for food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa (June 2014 - March 2016), University of Geneva, Georg-August-University of Goettingen, and CIMMYT
  • The nutrutional impacts of irrigated horticulture in the Sahel: Leveraging a large scale randomized controlled trial in Senegal (June 2015 - April 2015), Columbia University, George Washington University, MDG Center Dakar, and PAPSEN-TIPA project
  • Looking beyond income: impact of dairy hubs on human nutrition in Tanzania (July 2014 - June 2016), ILRI, Emory University, and Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre
  • Shortening the hunger season: the impact of short duration rice on consumption and health in Sierra Leone (November 2014 - July 2015), MIT-JPAL and MIT-Sloan


Call document (PDF)