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Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

A Research Vision for Food Systems in the 2020s: Defying the Status Quo

Food Systems COVID-19Food Security
Food systems research and science to ensure that food is accessible, sustainable, safe, healthy, and equitable is critical and must be quickly translated into policy and action. COVID-19 further highlights the importance of governance, efficiency, resilience, functionality of food systems, and the strong interconnections between food and health.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Guidance for Formative Research on Maternal Nutrition

Nutrition and Health Systems Maternal Nutrition
This guidance document is intended to increase the awareness and understanding of optimal maternal nutrition practices and to support people who are working to translate optimal practices into feasible actions and programs for a given country or region.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

2021: Make-or-Break Year to Keep Nutrition Promises to Mothers and Children

Acute MalnutritionAdolescent NutritionBreastfeedingCOVID-19Maternal Nutrition
Fortifying foods with essential vitamins and nutrients, supporting mothers to breastfeed, treating acute malnutrition, and providing nutrient supplements to mothers and children are proven, cost-effective solutions, but this work remains underfunded, limiting the ability to scale interventions.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Private Sector in Agricultural Innovation and Development Community of Practice

Knowledge Management
This community of practice, launched in June 2019, showcases examples of and approaches to working with the private sector in international agricultural innovation.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Giving Children the Best Start in Life: Integrating Nutrition and Early Childhood Development Programming within the First 1,000 Days

Nutrition and Health Systems
This technical note explores the interaction between nutrition and early childhood development during the first 1,000 days, examines how programs are integrating the two areas, and outlines the potential impact that integrated programs can have on improving a child’s growth and development.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

How the pandemic is affecting funding for nutrition

Food SystemsNutrition in Humanitarian Contexts COVID-19Economic Growth
COVID-19 is placing additional strain on nutrition programs’ limited resources. This blog post identifies three key trends in nutrition financing in the current context including increasing rates of malnutrition, challenges to social sector funding, and an unfavorable outlook for nutrition-specific aid.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Review of Programmatic Responses to Adolescent and Womens Nutritional Needs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Social and Behavior Change Adolescent Nutrition
This is the second of two discussion papers commissioned to identify key issues and practices regarding the scientific evidence, and to summarize recent and current programmatic experiences.
Anemia Toolkit

Predictors of Anemia in Women of Reproductive Age: Biomarkers Reflecting Inflammation and Nutritional Determinants of Anemia (BRINDA) Project

This study used data from 10 cross-sectional, nationally representative data to assess the associations between anemia and multiple proximal (e.g., iron and vitamin A deficiencies, inflammation, malaria, and body mass index) and distal risk factors (e.g., education status, household sanitation and hygiene, and urban or rural residence) in nonpregnant women of reproductive age.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Global Launch: A Future for the World's Children

Early Childhood DevelopmentFood SystemsNutrition and Health Systems Adolescent NutritionBreastfeeding
The WHO, UNICEF, and the Lancet Commission released a groundbreaking report highlighting the dramatic threats to children’s health, development, and wellbeing due to existential threats, including  climate change and predatory marketing of harmful products such as alcohol, tobacco, sugar-sweetened beverages, and breastmilk substitutes.
Anemia Toolkit

Iron Interventions for Women and Children in Low-Income Countries

This review highlights how iron interventions might be positioned within four global health initiatives: making pregnancy safer, saving newborn lives, infant and young child feeding, and fortification.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Maternal Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Breastfeeding Practices in 51 Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries: A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study

Nutrition and Health SystemsSocial and Behavior Change
The effect of intimate partner violence (IPV) on breastfeeding practices has not been adequately studied. To help fill this knowledge gap, the authors examined population-based cross-sectional demographic and health surveys from 51 low- and middle-income countries around the globe, looking at data on IPV and breastfeeding practices.
Adolescent Resource Bank

Delivering an Action Agenda for Nutrition Interventions Addressing Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Priorities for Implementation and Research

Adolescent NutritionMicronutrient InterventionsPhysical ActivityReproductive Health
This paper summarizes the evidence for effective nutrition interventions in low- and middle-income countries and outlines policy recommendations and service delivery opportunities as part of an agenda for improving adolescent nutrition.
Adolescent Resource Bank

Dietary Patterns and the Double Burden of Malnutrition in Mexican Adolescents: Results from ENSANUT-2006

Adolescent NutritionMental HealthReproductive Health
This study aimed to describe the dietary patterns (DPs) of Mexican adolescents and examine their association with nutritional status, using data from adolescents ages 12 to 19 from the 2006 National Survey of Health and Nutrition. Four DPs were identified and studied: nontraditional and breakfast-type, Western, plant-based, and protein-rich.
Anemia Toolkit

Inherited Blood Disorders|Global and Regional Prevalence

This study presents estimates for mild, moderate, and severe anemia from 1990 to 2010 for 187 countries, both sexes, and 20 age groups. The authors performed cause-specific attribution to 17 conditions using data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors 2010 study.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Differential Influences of Early Growth and Social Factors on Young Children’s Cognitive Performance in Four Low-and-Middle-Income Birth Cohorts (Brazil, Guatemala, Philippines, and South Africa)

Early Childhood Development Growth Monitoring and Promotion Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Research demonstrates that parental education and household resources have a greater impact on childhood cognition than birth weight and early linear growth. Improving children’s cognitive functioning requires multi-sectoral interventions to strengthen parental education and economic wellbeing.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

2019 Annual Trends and Outlook Report: Gender Equality in Rural Africa: From Commitments to Outcomes

Knowledge ManagementNutrition in Humanitarian Contexts
The authors use evidence reviews and case studies to demonstrate that increasing female leadership, minimizing women’s institutional barriers, and promoting women’s control of productive assets would produce significant societal gains and reduce the negative impact of gender gaps on African households.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Improving Nutritional Status among Urban Poor Children in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Evidence-Informed Delphi-Based Consultation

Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Little is known about how urbanization influences infant and young child (IYC) feeding practices, and evidence-based interventions to improve IYC health/nutrition among the urban poor are lacking. To maximize effectiveness, future complementary feeding interventions should include an assessment of diet quality and consider nutrition-sensitive factors during development and evaluation.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Maximizing Synergies Between Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition and Family Planning

Nutrition and Health Systems Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
This technical brief outlines the rationale for aligning maternal, infant, and young child nutrition and family planning interventions, summarizes evidence on the relationship between these two areas, and provides an overview of opportunities to identify linkages and better integrate counseling and services across multiple interventions.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Assessment of the National Vitamin A Supplementation and De-worming Program in Tanzania Assessment Report, June 27, 2011

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Micronutrient Interventions
The Childhood Blindness Project operated from 2006 to 2011 in the United Republic of Tanzania (mainland). The program supported the vitamin A supplementation and de-worming programs. In 2011, an assessment was completed to review the National Vitamin A Program through June 2011 using a desk review, stakeholder interviews, and focus group discussions.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Social Circumstances and Cultural Beliefs Influence Maternal Nutrition, Breastfeeding and Child Feeding Practices in South Africa

Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsSocial and Behavior Change BreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
There is a gap between knowledge and practices related to maternal dietary diversity, breastfeeding, and infant and young child feeding. Lack of income, dependence on food purchasing, young mothers' feelings about breastfeeding, and cultural beliefs were drivers of this gap.