Why Agriculture Needs to Consider Mothers’ Nutrition

Sathya Raghu, Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Matthew Dillon, Edward Mabaya, Inge Kauer, and former US Senator Thomas Daschle at Spotlight Health 2016.

The nutrition babies receive in the first two years of life is critical. Unicef reports, if the child’s mother isn’t getting the right nutrients, stunted growth and undernutrition may result, putting the child at greater risk of dying from common infections.

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda runs the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network that works to reduce poverty and hunger in Africa. At Spotlight Health in June, Sibanda said a global challenge is to ensure mothers are fed properly. To do that, the agriculture industry needs to rethink its methods. Right now, she says, yield and profit drive the industry, but farmers need to include nutrition as a third demand. From the makeup of seeds enhanced for better nutrition to how food is kept at home, she thinks the entire spectrum needs change. Education would also go a long way in helping individuals and families improve their overall health through nutrition. At home, she says  families need to ask, “are we feeding to physiological condition? Or, is it just food and empty calories?”

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