Dietary Diversity and Undernutrition in Children Aged 6–23 Months in Sub-Saharan Africa
Nutrition and Health SystemsAdolescent NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Given the role that dietary diversity plays in the health status of children, implementing nutrition-specific interventions and strengthening existing interventions to improve infant and young child feeding practices is particularly important in countries where the prevalence of adequate minimum dietary diversity is low and undernutrition is high.
Beyond Stunting: Complementary Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluating USAID Nutrition Activities
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
Recent literature has critically examined the use of stunting as an indicator for evaluating the impact of nutrition interventions. The guidance document suggests approaches and indicators to measure the results of nutrition programs in a comprehensive and meaningful way.
Projecting the Impact of Nutrition Policy to Improve Child Stunting: A Case Study in Guatemala Using the Lives Saved Tool
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningAdolescent Nutrition
Results point to the need for strategies that address social determinants impacting stunting rather than a more narrow focus on nutrition-specific interventions. Addressing structural drivers of stunting requires multi-sectoral nutrition and social policies.
Health Facility-Based Counselling and Community Outreach are Associated with Maternal Dietary Practices in a Cross-Sectional Study from Tanzania
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningMaternal Nutrition
Women who received nutrition advice were more likely to eat larger quantities of food during pregnancy compared with women who did not, while women who received antenatal care and advice on nutrition before, during, and after pregnancy were more likely to eat a wider variety of foods.
Food and Youth: What I Have Learned from Young People and Their Desire to Fix the Food Systems They Live In
Knowledge ManagementAdolescent Nutrition
UNICEF’s executive director and youth representatives discuss young people’s struggles with their food choices and food environments, share how young people are contributing to the transformation of global and local food systems, and offer concrete next steps to ensure that children and young people are at the center of discussions about food systems transformation. This is a webinar.
Students from six countries made a #FoodHeroes music video to discuss how young people can take action to make agri-food systems more sustainable. Their goal is to encourage youth to be change-makers and advocates for a hunger-free and sustainable world.
Dr. Thilsted shares insights about nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquaculture and food systems. She discusses challenges for addressing nutritional needs of infants, young children, and pregnant and lactating women and shares how she engages with agriculture, food security, and food systems colleagues.
Reviewing the UN Food Systems Summit with Agnes Kalibata
Knowledge ManagementFood Security
In her role as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy, Agnes Kalibata discusses outcomes of the UN Food Systems Summit, explains key issues affecting food systems, and discusses criticism of the Summit. She evaluates the United States’ $10 billion commitment to food security and describes what food security leadership should look like in the future. This is a podcast.
Nutrient Profiling: Designing a Healthier Future for Global Benefit
Knowledge ManagementMicronutrient Interventions
Nutrient profiling models have the potential to address stunting and micronutrient deficiencies. Researchers and programmers should consider all forms of malnutrition, including inadequate intakes of vitamins and minerals, the lack of high quality protein intakes, and overweight and obesity.
Knowledge ManagementFood SafetyWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Toxins and germs that come from food, improper food preparation, and poor storage are harmful to the health of children and pregnant women. Cooking food at a safe temperature, boiling water, washing hands with soap, and enforcing food safety rules saves lives.
USAID Chief Nutritionist Shawn Baker describes the Wadata program, which provides hands-on training in natural resource management, nutrition, food preparation with local ingredients, financial literacy, and interpersonal communication.
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.
Nourishing Food Systems: The Interdependency Between Agriculture and Nutrition
Food SystemsNutrition Sensitive Agriculture
Agriculture and nutrition are often siloed in terms of policy, field implementation, and economic impact. Speakers explored the interdependence between agriculture and nutrition, current challenges, and models of progress. This is a webinar.
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.
Viewpoint: Rigorous Monitoring Is Necessary to Guide Food System Transformation In the Countdown to the 2030 Global Goals
Food SystemsGrowth Monitoring and Promotion Resilience
Authors propose a rigorous, science-based monitoring framework centered around diets, nutrition, and health; environment and climate; livelihoods, poverty, and equity; governance; and resilience and sustainability.
U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy 2022–2026
Food SystemsAdolescent NutritionCOVID-19Emergency Nutrition Food SecurityInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionNutrition Sensitive AgricultureResilience
This updated strategy responds to the challenges of the moment. Priorities include collaborating with local partners to address challenges to inclusion by intentionally engaging all actors, working to address the effects of climate change on agriculture, and adopting practices to counter the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.