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Despite a growing and evolving body of evidence available worldwide about how to render food systems more sensitive to nutrition outcomes, multiple forms of malnutrition persist. Better informing decision-making processes with such evidence is an important lever for increased impact on all forms of malnutrition. For this purpose, evidence needs to be synthesized, contextualized to ensure relevance to local settings and issues, packaged into a user-friendly format with practical recommendations, and deliberated with decision-makers using the right windows of opportunity.
Furthermore, additional efforts should be put in producing evidence that better addresses decision-makers concerns, taking into consideration the specificities of both research (e.g. research duration, publication requirements, scientific controversies) and decision-making (e.g. availability of resources, trades-off, lobbying, vested interests). In particular, co-building a research agenda with decision-makers is a way to foster the uptake of the knowledge generated into decision-making processes.
To address these issues, especially in low and middle income countries, a number of initiatives have been launched over the past decade. A newly-born is the Knowledge and Research for Nutrition service to the European Commission, implemented by Agrinatura, dedicated to working with the EU and its partner countries to respond to requests for evidence from decision-makers that would support the design, the monitoring, the evaluation and the learning in relation to policies and programmes for better nutrition outcomes.
On the 4th of December, as a pre-event of the 4th International Conference on Global Food Security, a virtual mini-symposium is organised by the Knowledge and Research for Nutrition service to discuss with and learn from other initiatives about the conditions, enabling factors and barriers for a successful dialogue between researchers and decision-makers.