Harnessing Agriculture for Improved Nutrition in Africa

Shawn Baker, Gates Foundation

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

UC Davis

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Shawn Baker is the director of the Nutrition Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads the foundation’s efforts to ensure that women and children receive the nutrition they need for healthy growth and development. Shawn Baker spent much of his professional career in West Africa and will draw from these experiences as he discusses how the Gates Foundation is leveraging agriculture for improved nutrition and prosperity.  

Following the seminar, a panel of UC Davis experts will add their perspectives to how the campus is working at the intersection of agriculture and nutrition in developing regions of the world. 

In Sub-Saharan Africa, agricultural labor accounts for the majority of the workforce. Many of these farming households survive on diets that fail to meet their nutritional needs. Addressing this challenge begins with nutrition-sensitive agriculture, which brings an integrative approach throughout the value chain.

Steve Vosti

Adjunct Professor
Agriculture and Resource Economics


Christine Stewart

Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition


Ty Beal

Doctoral student, Geography Graduate Group
Program in International and Community Nutrition

The seminar series explores the positive trends and strategies for addressing risks to food security and poverty reduction in this region.

This seminar was organized by the International Programs Office and the Program in International and Community Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition, within the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and in partnership with the World Food Center. 

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