Monday, July 30, 2012

[EQ] A systems science perspective and transdisciplinary models for food and nutrition security

A systems science perspective and transdisciplinary models for food and nutrition security

Ross A. Hammond a, and Laurette Dubé b

A Center on Social Dynamics and Policy, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC; USA
b McGill World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Edited by Prabhu Pingali, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA

PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Doi: 10.1073/pnas.0913003109 -PNAS July 23, 2012

Available online PDF [8p.] at:

“….Food and nutrition security remains a pressing global problem, with most countries experiencing one or both of the twin challenges of malnutrition and obesity. We have argued that the drivers of food and nutrition security are complex, multilevel, multisectoral, and heterogeneous.

This paper reviewed structural components, feedback loops, and linkages between agrifood, health and disease, and environmental systems, which are key underlying drivers of sustainable food and nutrition security for smallholders and worldwide.

These complex interconnections pose challenges for design of effective policy and for scientific study using many standard tools…”


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