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Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Child Malnutrition in Afghanistan Amid a Deepening Humanitarian Crisis

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Adolescent Nutrition
Since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan, more than 3.3 million children are unable to afford basic food resources and the majority of the population faces starvation. Restrictions on humanitarian assistance, the withholding of vital food supplies, and inadequate medical care exacerbate malnutrition among vulnerable children. Greater global engagement is critical.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Can We Predict the Burden of Acute Malnutrition in Crisis-Affected Countries? Findings from Somalia and South Sudan

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Acute Malnutrition
Researchers explored a statistical approach to predict the burden of acute malnutrition as a complement to surveys in Somalia and South Sudan, but the models did not perform well. The predictive approach remains theoretically attractive and deserves further evaluation with larger datasets across multiple settings.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Situational Analysis of Early Childhood Care and Development Services in Ghana

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Early Childhood Development
Study recommendations include strengthening responsive care, early learning, safety and security counseling and support services, and services and support to children with disabilities and their families. Providing tools and processes for routine identification, support, and referral of caregiver mental health issues—and improving workforce competencies—are also critical.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Feeding and Disability Resource Bank

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Early Childhood Development Adolescent Nutrition
Resource Bank materials help nutrition and disability program managers, government leaders, and donor agency staff design and implement effective nutrition programs for children with disabilities. Information focuses on identifying and managing feeding difficulties, identifying disabilities, supporting children with disabilities and their families, and promoting disability inclusion.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Strengthening Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition Training and Counseling in Ghana: A Community-Based Approach

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Early Childhood Development Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
Caregivers prioritized provider counseling, family and community support, and food safety knowledge and practice as important for responsive feeding (RF) and parenting. Providers stressed the need to integrate RF into maternal, infant, and young child nutrition training and counseling, and provide facilities with RF tools and materials. 
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Performance of the UNICEF/UN Washington Group Tool for Identifying Functional Difficulty in Rural Zimbabwean Children

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Early Childhood Development Food Security
The Washington Group Child Functioning Module (WGCFM) showed concurrent validity with the Malawi Developmental Assessment Tool (MDAT). For each unit increase in the WGCFM score, children completed 2.6 fewer MDAT items.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Global and Regional Prevalence of Disabilities among Children and Adolescents: Analysis of Findings from Global Health Databases

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Early Childhood Development
Prevalence estimates using functional approach or statistical modeling are comparable and complementary but they require greater alignment of age groups and  severity thresholds, especially for children under five.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Feeding, Caregiving Practices, and Developmental Delay among Children Under Five in Lowland Nepal: A Community-Based Cross-Sectional Survey

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Early Childhood Development BreastfeedingComplementary FeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Suboptimal early breastfeeding practices, delayed introduction of complementary foods, inadequate dietary diversity, low animal-source food consumption, and inadequate early stimulation and responsive caregiving are common in Nepal. Younger children from poor households with young mothers are at particular risk for poor feeding and caregiving practices.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Connecting through Crises: Opportunities and Challenges in Strengthening Informal Support Networks

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Capacity StrengtheningFood Systems
The panel discussed research findings and explored how donors, policymakers, and practitioners can strengthen informal support networks to build resilience in communities vulnerable to crises.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Samantha Power Announces USAID Africa Localization Initiative

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Capacity Strengthening
The Africa Localization Initiative will direct 25 percent of USAID’s program budget to local organizations based in sub-Saharan Africa. To ensure more equitable and sustainable development outcomes, communities will lead program design, implementation, or evaluation for at least 50 percent of programming.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Local Capacity Strengthening Policy Overview

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Capacity Strengthening
USAID is committed to partnerships and encourages local actors from all backgrounds and cultures to exercise their unique capabilities and lead their country’s development.
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Supporting Children with Feeding Difficulties and Disabilities in Nutrition Programs: Tools for Action

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Early Childhood DevelopmentKnowledge Management
USAID Advancing Nutrition is launching the Feeding and Disability Resource Bank to assist nutrition and disability program managers with the design and implementation of effective nutrition programs for children with disabilities.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Application to Improve Precision: Understanding the anemia ecology

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Food SystemsMonitoring, Evaluation, and LearningNutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Anemia
Anemia remains a critical global health problem that contributes to increased morbidity and mortality, particularly in women of reproductive age and preschool-age children. To address this challenge, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), through its project USAID-Advancing Nutrition, constituted the USAID-Advancing Nutrition Anemia Task Force (ATF).
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Agriculture in Complex Emergencies: Exploring the Association between Agricultural Programs and Dietary Diversity among Women and Children: A Synthesis of Study Findings from Cameroon and South Sudan

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture
The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID's) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) seeks to improve the impact of emergency-funded agricultural activities on nutritional status, especially that of women and young children.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Agriculture in Complex Emergencies: Exploring the Association between Agricultural Programs and Dietary Diversity among Women and Children in South Sudan: Study Findings

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture
The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID's) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) seeks to improve the impact of emergency-funded agricultural activities on nutritional status, especially that of women and young children.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Agriculture in Complex Emergencies: Exploring the Association between Agricultural Programs and Dietary Diversity among Women and Children in Cameroon: Study Findings

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture
The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID's) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) seeks to improve the impact of emergency-funded agricultural activities on nutritional status, especially that of women and young children.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

What is Social and Behavior Change (SBC)?

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender Behavior Change for Nutrition
A Social and Behavior Change (SBC) approach is central to achieving many of USAID’s nutrition goals, but what is SBC and how can we tell if we’re doing it well?
Adolescent Nutrition Resource Bank

Engaging Youth in Food Systems for Improved Nutrition Outcomes

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Adolescent NutritionFood Systems
This concept note proposes categorization of food systems approaches to engage youth, briefly summarizes the state of evidence, and highlights opportunities and knowledge gaps to begin to inform and inspire programming.
Food Systems Toolkit

Guide on Gender Integration in Nutrition Programs

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Food Systems Food Systems
This guide provides resources and examples for interventions that effectively integrate gender into nutrition programs.
Food Systems Toolkit

Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) Food Systems Conceptual Framework Guidance Document

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Food Systems Food Systems
This five-page document provides an overview of the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security's (RFS) conceptual framework. Explains the conceptual framework’s purpose, components, and suggestions for how it can be used