Marketing the US$ 55 Billion Formula Milk Industry
Social and Behavior Change and GenderInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Aggressive marketing practices used by the formula milk industry impact families’ decisions about how to feed their babies and young children. The webinar launching the report is available in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Food Marketing Exposure and Power and their Associations with Food-Related Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviours: A Narrative Review
Social and Behavior Change and GenderFood Safety
Marketing of unhealthy foods remains pervasive. This review adds evidence and perspectives on contemporary marketing. Authors provide evidence that supports action to restrict marketing to which children are exposed.
Focusing on Social Norms: A Practical Guide for Nutrition Programmers to Improve Women’s and Children’s Diets
Social and Behavior Change and GenderInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
This guide is for program planners and implementers developing norms-responsive activities within nutrition-sensitive or nutrition-specific programming. It includes tips and tools to improve program outcomes by understanding and responding to social norms and incorporates background on how to identify norms and monitor and measure change.
Maternal and Paternal Involvement in Complementary Feeding in Kaduna State, Nigeria: The Continuum of Gender Roles in Urban and Rural Settings
Social and Behavior Change and GenderComplementary FeedingGenderInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Household gender roles influence infant and young child feeding behaviors and may contribute to suboptimal complementary feeding practices through inequitable household decision making, intra-household food allocation, and limited paternal support for resources and caregiving, especially in rural areas.
Experiences Engaging Family Members in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition: A Survey of Global Health Professionals
Social and Behavior Change and GenderAdolescent NutritionGenderMaternal Nutrition
This research surveyed health professionals to document their experiences engaging family members in nutrition activities, their perceived barriers and facilitators, and their recommendations. Such research fills gaps in peer-reviewed literature to strengthen intervention design and implementation.
Supplementary Feeding of Moderately Wasted Children in Sierra Leone Reduces Severe Acute Malnutrition and Death When Compared with Nutrition Counseling: A Retrospective Cohort Study
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAcute MalnutritionComplementary Feeding
Children who received supplementary feeding were less likely to develop severe adult malnutrition (SAM) or die and less likely to develop SAM between 6–24 weeks. These children were more likely to have a healthy mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) and higher rates of weight gain and MUAC at 6 weeks and 12 weeks. This article is behind a paywall.
Risk Factors of Stunting and Wasting in Somali Pre-School Age Children: Results from the 2019 Somalia Micronutrient Survey
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAdolescent NutritionFood Security
Young children in severely food insecure households, as well as children with inflammation and iron deficiency, had a higher risk of stunting. While wasting risk increased as household wealth decreased, it was lower in iron-deficient children than in iron-replete children. Wasting was also more common in children with recent diarrhea.
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAdolescent NutritionBreastfeedingEmergency Nutrition Food SecurityInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Micronutrient Interventions
To ensure that children receive nutrition support in disaster to prevent malnutrition, this study recommends an explicit and well-coordinated approach that includes preparedness; advocacy; policy development; periodic nutritional assessments and nutritional support; and nutrition education for children, families, and aid workers.
Women's Nutrition: A Summary of Evidence, Policy, and Practice including Adolescent and Maternal Life Stages
Nutrition and Health SystemsAdolescent NutritionGenderMaternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
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.
Measuring Agency: What We Know and Where We Go from Here
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningGenderGrowth Monitoring and Promotion
The most appropriate ways to measure women’s agency remain understudied. Several policy briefs review gaps in measuring women’s control over assets, their goal setting and decision-making, and their sense of control and efficacy, and offer an action plan to bridge gaps.
Systematic Review of Metrics Used to Characterise Dietary Nutrient Supply from Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
Using the household consumption and expenditure survey (HCES), researchers estimated household dietary nutrient supply to identify metrics reported and parameters used to construct these metrics. They summarized comparisons between estimates derived from the HCES and individual dietary assessment data and explored nutrient inadequacy in different demographic groups.
Strategies and Interventions for Healthy Adolescent Growth, Nutrition, and Development
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningAdolescent NutritionFood SecurityMicronutrient Interventions
Effective interventions and policies for adolescent growth, nutrition, and development need to be multi-sectoral and supported by multi-faceted and multi-level policy, extending across education, health, food systems, social protection, and digital media. Data standardization and systems are essential to coordinate and monitor these responses.
Emergency Food Aid Challenges in Natural and Man-Made Disasters: A Systematic Review
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsEmergency Nutrition
The most common challenges in countries receiving humanitarian food assistance during disasters and emergencies related to access and monitoring. Research should focus on practical approaches to solve problems and increase the effectiveness of this aid. This article is behind a paywall.
4 Women Scientists Breaking Down Barriers to End Hunger
Through Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, USAID supports scientists to break down barriers to becoming leaders and role models in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This gathering features four women scientists who lead by example and harness local solutions to end hunger. This is a webinar.
Scoping Review of Intervention Strategies for Improving Coverage and Uptake of Maternal Nutrition Services in Southeast Asia
Nutrition and Health SystemsAnemiaMaternal NutritionMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
This review recommends diverse strategies and delivery mechanisms, including health education, supplementation, community participation, and robust health system responses to achieve effective maternal nutrition programs.
Collaborative multi-sectoral nutrition initiatives include establishing food security and nutrition planning guidelines; conducting training of trainers courses delivering nutrition-specific activities to adolescent girls, pregnant women, and women of reproductive age; and supporting governments to develop strategies and tools for nutrition services.
Advancing Food Systems Transformation: Dialogue between German Development Cooperation and CGIAR
Food SystemsFood Security
Speakers discuss the importance of international food systems research and the science–policy interface for advancing key actions for agriculture, food systems, and food security strategy and initiatives. They also identify joint priorities, opportunities, and entry points for collaboration. This is a webinar.