Scientists call for climate-smart agriculture to promote nutritional quality and ensure food security

08 January 2024

In an effort to improve health outcomes, researchers evaluating climate-smart agriculture and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa, are urging farmers in the area to diversify their agricultural production toward micro-nutrient rich, climate-smart crops like sorghum, cassava, and soybeans, as reported by Food Ingredients.

This initiative aims to enhance health outcomes and reduce the risk of obesity and related non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers, which can result from relying on a limited variety of crops. In addition, it is highlighted that in order to ensure the transformative adaptation of food systems, local stakeholders must take the initiative.

Over 50 researchers collaborated with policymakers and other stakeholders in Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia to co-design scenarios and analyse climate change risks and opportunities in the future food system.

The study highlights successful transitions to diverse food systems in these countries, with soybeans being a focal point in Zambia’s diversification agenda. Zambia has implemented policies such as the Zambia Soybean Strategy and Investment Plan (2022) to promote crop diversification, improve food and nutrition security, and transform agriculture.