Women's Empowerment, Maternal Depression, and Stress: Evidence from Rural Burkina Faso

Leight, Jessica, Abdoulaye Pedehombga, Rasmané Ganaba, et al. SSM—Mental Health, September 2022
  • Social and Behavior Change and Gender
Research Articles
Researchers found a significantly negative relationship between the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index score and maternal stress and depression. Self-efficacy and respect among household members were important drivers of this inverse relationship.

Women's Nutrition: A Summary of Evidence, Policy, and Practice including Adolescent and Maternal Life Stages

Emergency Nutrition Network, January 2022
  • Nutrition and Health Systems
Reports and Tools
A study of evidence, interventions, and guidelines for the nutrition of adolescent girls and women found gaps that include a lack of guidelines on nutrition, preconception nutrition, and assessment of nutritional status. Other gaps include a lack of maternal outcome indicators, conflicting evidence about the best micronutrient supplementation during pregnancy, and a lack of integration of nutrition services within health systems. Authors provide recommendations for all gaps.

Women’s Empowerment, Food Security and Nutrition of Pastoral Communities in Tanzania

Galiè, Alessandra, Nils Tenfel, and Amy Webb Girard, et al. Global Food Security, Vol. 23, December 2019
  • Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts
  • Food Systems
Research Articles
Scholars increasingly point to women’s empowerment as a means to enhance food security and nutrition; however, little is understood about the mechanisms that drive these relationships. This analysis uses a mixed methods approach to examine these interactions in Tanzanian pastoral communities. Both methodologies indicate a positive correlation between women’s empowerment and both dietary diversity and nutrition security. The authors recommend that scholars and programmers consider the non-economic domains of empowerment and combine technological and institutional interventions to promote women’s empowerment.

Working Within the Food System: Gender Considerations for Achieving Improved Diets

U.S. Agency for International Development, October 2022
  • Food Systems
Reports and Tools
Investments should enhance women’s roles in agriculture and off-farm livelihoods; provide workplace support to offset risks to household nutrition; and ensure opportunities for income generation, decision-making, and control over household income. Investments should also increase access to high-quality social and behavior change activities, and engage men and boys to address gender norms that restrict food system participation.

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) #WBW2020 Action Folder

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, May 2020
  • Knowledge Management
Reports and Tools
Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding requires coordinated actions to identify and address structural, setting, and individual-level determinants. Authors identify fundamental challenges and detail actions that governments, donors, and NGOs must take to create a more enabling environment and improve breastfeeding practices.

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) #WBW2020 Pledge Map

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, May 2020
  • Knowledge Management
Reports and Tools
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has crowdsourced events and activities for Breastfeeding Week 2020 around the world. The interactive pledge map allows users to explore details of each event and activity categorized by country.

World Bank Support to Reducing Child Undernutrition: An Independent Evaluation

World Bank Group, October 2021
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
Reports and Tools
This evaluation assesses the contributions of the World Bank to improving nutrition determinants and outcomes for children. Findings support adjusting programming to prioritize strengthening stakeholder engagement, coordination, and services for nutrition; increase focus on subnational targeting of interventions to prioritize areas of greatest disadvantage and persistency of need; rebalance investments to emphasize nutrition-specific interventions; and increase focus on social norms interventions and behavior change.

World Food Day 2021

FAO, October 2021
  • Food Systems
Events
The platform hosts videos, highlights food heroes, and describes World Food Day events. It includes a call to action for all elements of agri-food systems to collaborate more fairly, sustainably, and inclusively.

World Food Day: Get Involved!

FAO, September 2021
  • Food Systems
Reports and Tools
The call for action provides tips and actions that individuals, governments, private companies and corporations, schools, civil society, academia, and others can take to improve food production, nutrition, and the environment. The report is available in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

You Say You Want a Data Revolution? Taking on Food Systems Accountability

Marshall, Quinn, Alexandra L. Bellows, Rebecca McLaren, et al. Agriculture, May 2021
Research Articles
Data gaps and limitations hinder food systems learning and accountability. The Food Systems Dashboard improves access to and usage of food systems-related data to inform policies and actions to improve diets, nutrition, livelihoods, and environmental sustainability.

Young Children and the Pandemic

UNICEF, July 2021
Reports and Tools
While COVID-19 halted service provision for young children in many countries, UNICEF continues to implement early childhood development interventions to ensure that young children, especially those living in disadvantaged households, have access to holistic interventions that respond to their essential needs throughout the first eight years of life.

Zinc Fortification Country Briefs: Burkina Faso, and Senegal

IZiNCG, January 2022
  • Food Systems
Reports and Tools
Briefs provide the rationale for zinc fortification, describe zinc deficiency and food fortification efforts, and outline actions that governments and supporting partners can take to remedy zinc deficiency through fortification.

“System of Hunger”: Understanding Causal Disaster Vulnerability of Indigenous Food Systems

Jackson, Guy, Karen E. McNamara, Bradd Witt. Journal of Rural Studies. November 4, 2019
  • Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts
Research Articles
Indigenous food systems are vulnerable to hazards that cause food insecurity. In indigenous contexts, particular care needs to be taken to account for unique cultural and social systems. Researchers have looked at the Bedamuni tribe in Papua, New Guinea and developed a food system causal disaster vulnerability framework that can help program planners, nongovernmental organizations, and policy makers reduce vulnerability and increase the resilience of indigenous food systems.