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The State of Food and Agriculture 2013

Food Systems for Better Nutrition

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Malnutrition in all its forms -- undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight and obesity -- imposes unacceptably high economic and social costs on countries at all income levels. This edition of The State of Food and Agriculture argues that improving nutrition and reducing these costs must begin with food and agriculture. The traditional role of agriculture in producing food and generating income is fundamental, but agriculture and the entire food system -- from inputs and production, through processing, storage, transport and retailing, to consumption -- can contribute much more to the eradication of malnutrition.

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Food supply chains for better nutrition

Agricultural products reach consumers through food supply chains. Each link in a food supply chain affects the availability, affordability, diversity and nutritional quality of foods. How foods are handled throughout a chain influences their nutritional content and prices as well as the ease with which consumers can access them. This, in turn, shapes consumer choices, dietary patterns and nutritional outcomes.

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