Zambia has one of the highest rates of child stunting in the world, which is a leading cause of disease and child mortality. Despite uninterrupted agricultural growth averaging 6% annually in the recent years, with significant increases in production of maize - the staple crop, undernutrition remains widespread. According to the Global Hunger Index, Zambia ranks among the least nourished countries in the world. It is therefore important for the Institute to generate empirical evidence to guide national policies aimed at achieving food and nutrition security.
Research under this thematic area will focus on analysing the impacts of agricultural policy on sustainable food availability, accessibility, affordability, and utilization. The research will also monitor and measure food and nutritional outcomes of agricultural policy interventions. The outputs will contribute to improved national nutrition status through provision of evidence based research findings, which are critical for policy formulation.