Health-Agriculture Nexus

The Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area supports pioneering research to reduce food and nutrition insecurity, decrease food waste and loss and improve human health.

Program Contact

Lucyna Kurtyka, M.S.

Development Contact

Catherine Maxwell

Our research focuses on:

  • Increasing access to healthy food
  • Reducing and redirecting food loss and waste
  • Advancing plant and animal production systems
  • Breeding better nutrition
  • Improving processing and packaging technologies
  • Predicting supply and demand for crops and food animals

Learn more about our Health-Agriculture Nexus research goals.

This research supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), 17 global goals to enhance peace and prosperity, eradicate poverty and protect the planet. Specifically, we build partnerships to fund research supporting the following SDGs:

Advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals

Health-Agriculture Nexus supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), 17 global goals to enhance peace and prosperity, eradicate poverty and protect the environment. Specifically, this research bolsters the following SDGs:

Why Are We Tackling Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenges?

One in eight Americans face food insecurity and are unable to attain affordable, nutritious food. At the same time, on average, 30 percent of food is thrown away in the US. This waste is both a loss of food and nutrients and a loss of the resources that produced the food.

We support collaborative research that evaluates food system interactions. We help increase access to nutritious foods, reduce food loss and waste, ease burdens on plant and animal production systems and address diet-related health concerns. We look to discover pioneering approaches for transitioning existing plant and animal systems, focusing on sustainably increasing capability for producing sufficient quantities of affordable nutritious food.

Ultimately, our research addresses food system inefficiencies and promotes production practices that improve food and nutrition security while reducing food loss and waste.

We Pioneer Health-Agriculture Nexus Research

Congress established FFAR to increase public agriculture research investments, fill knowledge gaps and complement USDA’s research agenda. Our public-private partnerships match federal funding from Congress with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment.

Our grants, programs and consortium use this funding to improve the food and agriculture system, benefiting Americans and people around the globe.

Learn more about our Health-Agriculture Nexus grants, programs and consortium.

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