Household-Level Consumption Data can be Redistributed for Individual-Level Optifood Diet Modeling: Analysis from Four Countries
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningBreastfeedingGrowth Monitoring and Promotion
Results suggest that household consumption and expenditure surveys data can be used in Optifood analyses of dietary patterns and micronutrient gaps for 12- to 23-month-old children in place of individual-level 24-hour recalls. Further analyses are required for different age groups and locations.
Health Chat Featuring USAID Chief Nutritionist Shawn Baker
Knowledge ManagementAdolescent NutritionBreastfeedingCOVID-19Emergency Nutrition Food SecurityInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Sensitive AgriculturePrivate-Sector Engagement
Increased investments to offset the consequences of COVID-19, expand social safety nets, and protect access to nutrition services, nutritious foods, and vitamin and mineral supplementation are critical. USAID’s Shawn Baker discusses the importance of closing financing gaps for private-sector engagement in the nutrition sector, and both stabilizing and reforming food systems for nutrition.
Reducing Child Undernutrition: Lessons from International Development
Knowledge ManagementAdolescent Nutrition
Speakers discuss multi-sectoral interventions, the role of institutional strengthening to address undernutrition at national and subnational levels, how nutrition interventions can better support social norms and behavior change, and how development agencies and partner governments can use these lessons to improve nutrition programming. This is a webinar.
The summit focused on women’s rights to health and nutrition and new and transformative thinking, investments, and actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on nutrition and gender equality. This is a webinar. The recording is available in English, French, and Spanish.
U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan 2021–2026
Knowledge ManagementAdolescent NutritionCOVID-19Food SafetyFood SecurityInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
This interagency effort works to strengthen the impact of diverse nutrition investments across the government through better communication and collaboration and by linking research to program implementation.
USAID Maternal Nutrition: Preventing Malnutrition in Women and Girls
Knowledge ManagementAdolescent NutritionBreastfeedingFood SecurityInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
Women and girls have unique nutritional requirements throughout the life cycle, especially during adolescence, before and during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding. USAID investments seek to protect nutrition throughout the life cycle to ensure that all women and children are well-nourished and can live healthy and productive lives. This is a video.
The “best-fit” framework focuses on extension service characteristics that affect performance, including governance structures and funding, organizational and management capacities and cultures, methods, and community engagement. All of these are affected by the policy environment, agroecological conditions, and farming-system heterogeneity.
Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition
Knowledge ManagementCOVID-19Food SecurityInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
Increasing numbers of Africans experience hunger and suffer widespread micronutrient deficiencies; overweight and obesity are significant public health concerns as well. A common vision, strong political leadership, and effective cross-sectoral collaboration, are essential to identify and implement sustainable solutions that transform agrifood systems to deliver healthy, affordable diets.
Unleashing the Full Power of Large-Scale Food Fortification: A Renewed Commitment
Food SystemsMicronutrient Interventions
While large-scale food fortification has a record of nearly eliminating debilitating vitamin and mineral deficiencies, it is underused in ending preventable diseases and death. Speakers discuss new efforts to accelerate progress and catalyze momentum and proof-of-impact through targeted investment and political leadership. This is a webinar.
Food Safety: A Foundation for Nutrition and Growth
Food SystemsFood Safety
Speakers discuss the multi-sectoral requirements to keep food safe, with a focus on the informal markets where consumers source their diets. They discuss specific causal pathways in health and physiology, consumer behavior, supply chains and markets, and policy and regulation domains through which food safety and nutrition are linked.
USAID Advancing Nutrition speakers provide an overview of the Community of Practice and its goals, discuss how it is using the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Design Guide to facilitate workshops targeting agriculture and economic growth activities that have a nutrition objective, and explain how others can join. This is a webinar.
Food systems approaches such as True Cost and Value Accounting provide holistic assessments of the consequences and benefits of different food and nutrition interventions and evidence to improve nutrition strategies and policies. This webinar was a Nutrition for Growth Summit Side Event.
Food SystemsMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
The Diet Quality Questionnaire captures dietary adequacy and dietary risk factors for noncommunicable diseases and enables monitoring of trends and comparisons across demographics. The Global Diet Quality Project enables the collection of comparable population-level dietary data within and across countries.
Global Diet Quality Score is Inversely Associated with Nutrient Inadequacy, Low Midupper Arm Circumference, and Anemia in Rural Adults in Ten Sub-Saharan African Countries
Researchers evaluated the comparative performance of the Global Diet Quality Score (GDQS) against other diet metrics to capture nutrient adequacy and undernutrition. The GDQS performed comparably with the Minimum Dietary Diversity–Women indicator in capturing adequacy outcomes.
Integrating Nutrition and Food Safety in Food Systems Policy and Programming
Food SystemsFood Safety
Malnutrition and foodborne disease are interrelated in terms of physiology, human behavior, and policy and have large public health and economic costs. While these two issues are often addressed separately in policy, programs, and research, a more integrated approach to address them within the food system is needed.
Nurturing Care for Every Newborn: Ensuring Every Newborn Survives and Thrives
Early Childhood DevelopmentBreastfeedingCOVID-19Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
The thematic brief introduced outlines the five components of nurturing care and presents practical actions to strengthen nurturing environments for newborns, including those who are born early, small, or ill. It is critical to invest in policies, health systems, and community awareness to provide developmentally supportive care. This is a webinar.
Standards for Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep in Early Childhood Education and Care Settings: A Toolkit
Early Childhood DevelopmentAdolescent Nutrition
These global standards support early child education and care providers to provide healthy foods and beverages and ensure young children are physically active, avoid excess sedentary time, and get enough sleep in childcare and education settings.