Paths of Convergence for Agriculture, Health, and Wealth

Edited by Edited by Laurette Dubé (McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada), Patrick Webb (Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts), Narendra K. Arora (International Clinical Epidemiology Network, New Delhi, India) and Prabhu Pingalid (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York)
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Paths of Convergence for Agriculture, Health, and Wealth

Published: December 2014

Volume 1331

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The causes of many vexing challenges facing 21st-century society are at the nexus of systems involved in agriculture, health and wealth production, consumption, and distribution. Using food as a test bed, and on the basis of emerging roadmaps that set achievable objectives over a 1- to 3-year horizon, papers in this Annals volume focus on convergence thinking and practice and are structured around four themes: (1) evidence for a need for convergence and underlying mechanisms at the individual and societal levels; (2) strategy for mainstreaming convergence as a driver of business engagement and innovation; (3) convergence in policy and governance; (4) convergence in metrics and methods. Papers under each theme are accompanied by a roadmap paper reporting on the current status of concrete transformative convergence-building projects associated with that theme. The insights provided by these papers have the potential to enable all actors throughout society to singly and collectively work to build supply and demand for nutritious food, in both traditional and modern food systems, while placing the burdens of malnutrition and ill health on their core strategic agendas.

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