40th Anniversary of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes Event

UNICEF, WHO, May 2021
Events
Speakers present historical examples of implementing the International Code and discuss breastfeeding; first food systems and corporate power; the exposure to, and impact of, baby food marketing; and protecting breastfeeding from breast-milk substitutes marketing. This webinar is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

42 Policies and Actions to Orient Food Systems towards Healthier Diets for All

Centre for Food Policy at City University of London, December 2020
Reports and Tools
Many policies and actions have the potential to increase the availability, affordability, and acceptability of high-quality, safe, nutritious foods as well as a shift away from nutrient-poor foods. Authors call for assessing synergies and trade-offs between these actions and environmental sustainability and livelihoods.

2019 Annual Trends and Outlook Report: Gender Equality in Rural Africa: From Commitments to Outcomes

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), December 2019
  • Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts
  • Knowledge Management
Reports and Tools
The authors use evidence reviews and case studies to demonstrate that increasing female leadership, minimizing women’s institutional barriers, and promoting women’s control of productive assets would produce significant societal gains and reduce the negative impact of gender gaps on African households. The report examines gender in relation to agricultural productivity, shocks and resilience, assets, and trade.

2019 Short Rains in East Africa Among the Wettest on Historical Record

Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), January 2020
  • Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts
Reports and Tools
FEWS NET experts released a special report to document the wettest rainfall season in 40 years in East Africa, from October-December of 2019. The impacts of this monumental rain season on food security are profound and have left 18-22 million people facing crisis outcomes in the region (Integrated Phase Classification 3 or higher). Climate shocks have led to challenges to resilience. Flooding has displaced hundreds of thousands in the region. Soil saturation, among other factors, have led to the worst outbreak of locusts in 75 years in Kenya and the worst in 25 years in Ethiopia and Somalia. Contrarily, increases in ground vegetation have provided relative improvement in herd growth and milk productivity in livestock.

2020 Global Nutrition Report

Global Nutrition Report, May 2020
  • Food Systems
  • Nutrition and Health Systems
Reports and Tools
With a focus on promoting equality in food and health systems, this year’s report calls on governments, businesses, and civil society to act now to mainstream nutrition into food and health systems. It examines the causes of nutrition inequalities, identifying insufficient deployment of resources; inadequate implementation of policies, programs, and interventions; and lack of coordination across sectors. The authors suggest that improving data and using multi-sectoral efforts are important actions. The report also includes a forward dedicated to the impact of COVID-19 on nutrition programming.

2020 Hunger Report: Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow

Bread for the World, May 2020
  • Food Systems
  • Nutrition and Health Systems
Reports and Tools
Given a confluence of events—from COVID-19 to the Nutrition Growth Summit—2020 is an ideal time for the international community to make progress toward better nutrition. To mobilize support, the report outlines actions that policymakers and partners can take to reduce the burdens of malnutrition. This includes 10 cross-cutting actions and sector-specific recommendations related to four topic areas: food value chains; health and education; food security and agriculture policies; and inclusive, equitable, and sustainable food systems.

2020 Severe Malnutrition Non-Technical Learning Series

1,000 Days, April 2020
  • Knowledge Management
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
  • Nutrition and Health Systems
Events
In this monthly online learning series from 1,000 Days, subject-matter experts present the latest evidence on severe acute malnutrition. The series is designed to help non-technical audiences inform severe malnutrition policies and advocacy campaigns. Session topics include wasting, breastfeeding, and vitamin A supplementation, among others.

2021 World Food Prize Announcement

World Food Prize Foundation, May 2021
Reports and Tools
Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted received the 2021 World Food Prize for her groundbreaking work to develop holistic and nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquaculture and food systems. This is a webinar.

2021 World Health Day: Improve Global Breastfeeding Practices

La Leche League International and World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, April 2021
  • Knowledge Management
Reports and Tools
All actors should take a public health approach to strengthen the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and breastfeeding counseling, including during emergencies; implement maternal social protection that includes paid leave and workplace support in the formal and informal sectors; advocate for greater access to skilled breastfeeding counseling; and reinforce support for breastfeeding dyads by developing appropriate and consistent communication messages.

2021: Make-or-Break Year to Keep Nutrition Promises to Mothers and Children

Shawn Baker, February 2021
Reports and Tools
Fortifying foods with essential vitamins and nutrients, supporting mothers to breastfeed, treating acute malnutrition, and providing nutrient supplements to mothers and children are proven, cost-effective solutions, but this work remains underfunded, limiting the ability to scale interventions. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted every system working to improve nutrition, but better knowledge of what works, how much it costs, how to scale and measure progress exist.

A Virtual Training of Trainers: Adaptations from COVID-19

The Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition, October 2020
Events
Rise Against Hunger staff discuss shifting to a virtual training-of-trainers model in South Sudan due to COVID-19. This is a webinar.

Achieving Equitable Diets for All: The Long and Winding Road

One Earth, April 2021
Reports and Tools
Political commitment, science and data, incentives, and collectivism will help achieve global goals to improve food systems for healthy, equitable, and sustainable diets by 2050. This commentary by Jessica Fanzo is behind a paywall.

Achieving Health Equity: Providing Skilled Breastfeeding Support Universally

World Health Organization, August 2020
  • Capacity Strengthening
Events
Global leaders discuss why investment in skilled breastfeeding support is essential to achieving equitable health outcomes. This is a webinar available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

Adapting an Evidence-Based, Early Childhood Parenting Programme for Integration into Government Primary Health Care Services in Rural Bangladesh

Mehrin, Syeda Fardina, Jena Derakshani Hamadani, Nur-E Salveen, et al. Frontiers in Public Health, January 2021
Research Articles
Reach-Up and Learn, an evidence-based home-visiting program focused on early childhood development, has been adapted for routine delivery in community clinics. Iterative piloting identified challenges in incorporating the program into existing workloads and promoting mothers' engagement. This led to simplifying the content and structure, using more hands-on learning strategies, providing incentives to community members, and conducting motivational meetings. Authors conclude that incorporating participant feedback is critical as pilots scale.

Adapting NTEAM’s Technical Assistance for Nutrition Project in Bangladesh to Support the National Response to the Nutrition Challenges Posed by COVID-19

Nutrition International, November 2020
Events
Nutrition International staff describe efforts to support the Government of Bangladesh in its COVID-19 response planning and implementation and discuss revising guidelines for food basket provision and forecasting the impacts of COVID-19 on malnutrition in detail. The director general of the Bangladesh National Nutrition Council discusses nine prioritized mitigation measures. This is a webinar.

Adapting Social and Behavior Change Materials in the Time of COVID-19

Food for the Hungry, 2020
  • Social and Behavior Change
Reports and Tools
According to the author of this brief, during a pandemic such as COVID-19, it is important to shift our thinking about research, material design, and behavior-change communications from a longer process to one that focuses on the most important issues and immediate next steps. This publication provides five tips for quickly and effectively adapting social and behavior change materials that are key in the fight against COVID-19. This guidance is intended to help social and behavior change practitioners understand how to frame the behaviors they want to promote immediately.

Addressing Barriers to Exclusive Breastfeeding in Nampula, Mozambique: Opportunities to Strengthen Counseling and Use of Job Aids

USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, June 2019
  • Nutrition and Health Systems
Reports and Tools
In Nampula, Mozambique, exclusive breastfeeding practices are suboptimal. To reduce breastfeeding challenges in Nampula, the USAID Maternal and Child Health Survival Program conducted a study on the minimum breastfeeding competencies and practical skills needed by Nampula facility- and community-based providers.

Adolescent Nutrition Mapping Study: A Global Stakeholder Survey of Policies, Research, Interventions and Data Gaps

Emergency Nutrition Network, December 2020
Reports and Tools
Gaps include an agreed-upon definition of adolescence, standardized anthropometric definitions of malnutrition, data on current and optimal diets, evidence on effective interventions for adolescents, adolescent engagement in research, inclusion of adolescents within health and nutrition policies, and designated research funding.

Adolescent Nutrition Resource Bank

USAID Advancing Nutrition, February 2021
  • Knowledge Management
Reports and Tools
The Adolescent Nutrition Resource Bank is a collection of over 150 resources gathered, summarized and presented in a user-friendly online platform. The Resource Bank designed to help governments, donors, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders advocate for, design, implement, deliver, monitor, and evaluate effective adolescent nutrition programs and services.

Adolescent Nutrition: Current Progress and Looking Ahead

Emergency Nutrition Network, UNICEF, Save the Children, February 2021
Events
Presenters provide an overview of adolescent nutrition status across seven global regions, discuss how adolescents experience nutrition across the world, and present youth-led solutions to improve nutrition in Indonesia.

Advocacy Toolkit – Nurturing Care

World Health Organization, UNICEF, and World Bank, October 2020
  • Early Childhood Development
Reports and Tools
The toolkit provides materials for those seeking to advocate for increased attention to and investment in early childhood development include country profiles, case studies, examples of advocacy best practices, key messages, quotes that capture the critical elements of nurturing care, a detailed explanation of nurturing care, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Affordability of Nutritious Foods for Complementary Feeding

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, UNICEF, March 2021
Reports and Tools
Inadequate quantity and quality of foods during the complementary feeding period impact growth and development and have immediate and long-term consequences. Affordability assessments indicate that liver, small fish, dark green leafy vegetables, milk, and eggs are the most affordable sources to address nutritional shortfalls. Collective action to reduce the prices of these foods and raise incomes is critical; social protection services, improved access to fortified foods, and increasing home production of nutritious foods are also important strategies.

Affordability of the EAT-Lancet Reference Diet: A Global Analysis

Hirvonen, Kalle, Yan Bai, Derek Headey, et al. The Lancet. November 7, 2019
  • Food Systems
Research Articles
The EAT-Lancet Commission created a global benchmark diet capable of both sustaining health and protecting the environment, but did not examine the diet’s affordability. This analysis strives to understand the diet’s cost around the world by comparing food price and household income data from 159 countries. Findings show that for 1.58 billion people worldwide, the benchmark diet is too expensive for daily incomes to support.

Aligning Best Practices and Addressing Misinformation for Optimal Infant Feeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic

PATH, January 2021
Reports and Tools
This brief discusses hospital best practices to encourage breastfeeding and ensure lactation success for COVID-19 infected mothers and their newborns. It also addresses whether COVID-19 can be passed from mother to infant at delivery, whether rooming-in and breastfeeding with an infected mother are safe, and whether it is safe to use donor milk during the pandemic.

All Children Surviving and Thriving: Re-envisioning UNICEF’s Conceptual Framework of Malnutrition

Black, Maureen M., Chessa K. Lutter, Angela C. B. Trude. The Lancet Global Health, Vol. 8, Issue 6, June 2020
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts
Research Articles
The authors of this commentary propose a revision to UNICEF’s malnutrition conceptual framework, adding responsive care, learning opportunities, and safety and security components to health and nutrition. They suggest that by combining these elements, the revised framework will better promote children’s growth, nutritional status, and neurodevelopment, helping children to thrive, not just survive.

Applying Systematic Review Search Methods to the Grey Literature: A Review of Education and Training Courses on Breastfeeding Support for Health Professionals

Navarro, Ivette, Jose M. Soriano, and Salomé Laredo, International Breastfeeding Journal, April 2021
Research Articles
Lactation training for health professionals is a promising approach to increase and protect breastfeeding but it requires research on its efficacy.

An Approach to Building Equitable Global Health Research Collaborations

Murray, Megan, Joel Mubiligi. Annals of Global Health, October 2020
  • Capacity Strengthening
Reports and Tools
The authors present a model for developing productive, equitable research partnerships between researchers and practitioners from high- and low-income countries. Model elements include mission and goal alignment, meaningful training and mentoring, capacity building, and co-authorship principles.

The Asia Food Challenge: Harvesting the Future

PWC, Rabobank, and Temasek, November 2019
  • Food Systems
  • Knowledge Management
Reports and Tools
The authoring organizations of this report foresee significant changes to Asia’s food and agricultural landscapes, with food spending expected to increase by around 7 percent per year over the next decade. As a collective call to action, the report outlines various opportunities for investment and innovation in key cities around Asia deemed “Agri-Food Tech Investment and Innovation Hubs.”

Assessing Dietary Diversity in Pregnant Women: Relative Validity of the List-Based and Open Recall Methods

Nguyen, Phuong Hong, Yves Martin-Prevel, Mourad Moursi, et al. Current Developments in Nutrition Vol. 4, January 2020
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
Research Articles
Few studies have compared list-based and open recall methods for collecting data on micronutrient adequacy from pregnant women. This study aims to fill that information gap and provides evidence for the recommended use of list-based questionnaires when assessing food group diversity or minimum dietary diversity for pregnant women. Conducted in both Bangladesh and India, the study also found that, in resource-poor settings, it may be more feasible to use the list-based tool than other methods for data collection.

Assessing Nutrient Gaps and Affordability of Complementary Foods: New Methods and Their Application in Different Settings

Nutrition Reviews, April 2021
Research Articles
This series of articles focuses on nutrient gaps and the affordability of nutritious foods during the complementary feeding period in South Asia and Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as the Comprehensive Nutrient Gap Assessment method for identifying the public health significance of nutrient gaps.