Governments and programmers lack the consistent data on affordability that they need to design effective food systems policies and programs for nutrition. Food Prices for Nutrition aims to bridge this gap by developing metrics on price and food cost for application globally. Examples of current indicators include the cost of nutrient adequacy and cost of recommended diet.
There are a number of indicators and methods available to measure dimensions of food security and diet quality. Data4Diets aims to help program implementers and policymakers in accessing and applying appropriate indicators by providing an online repository of guides, studies, and examples of how indicators have been used to inform diet-related food security policies and programs.
The Food Systems Dashboard serves as a tool to access and visualize data drawn from multiple sources. Policymakers and programmers can use the Dashboard to compare food systems across regions and countries, track progress on key indicators, and identify and prioritize ways to sustainably improve diets and nutrition in their food systems.
42 Policies and Actions to Orient Food Systems Towards Healthier Diets For All
This report describes 42 potential policy actions that support food systems in delivering nutritious, high-quality diets for all. It draws from recent evidence to outline specific actions that policymakers or programmers can enact across different components of the food system, from production, supply chains, food environments, to consumers.
Webinar Series in Partnership with the DFC Program: Drivers of Food Choice in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Synthesis of Evidence
Presenters discuss drivers of individual and household food choice in changing food environments; next steps for application and scaling; and prominent issues and questions confronting policy, practice, and research at the nexus of food environments, nutrition, and health. This is a series of webinars.
The Social Norms Atlas: Understanding Global Social Norms and Related Concepts
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While there is interest and funding to explore how social norms concepts and theory might facilitate social norms change, the success of applying these concepts and theory has been inconsistent. The Social Norms Atlas provides guidance to increase social norms knowledge and strengthen understanding of social norms relevant to particular sectors.
Social Norms in the Gender Digital Divide: USAID Digital Strategy Update
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Information and communication technology (ICT) provides women with access to information and services that enable time savings, greater security, and freedom of expression and can catalyze economic growth.
If You Don't Find Anything, You Can't Eat-Mining Livelihoods and Income, Gender Roles, and Food Choices in Northern Guinea
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) continues to grow in sub-Saharan Africa, but how ASM affects food choices among those living in mining camps is not well understood. Research findings suggest that while artisanal mining may provide women with higher wages, financial benefits are often reduced or constrained by existing gender roles, which impacts household food decision-making.
Effect of Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Interventions with Participatory Videos and Women's Group Meetings on Maternal and Child Nutritional Outcomes in Rural Odisha, India (UPAVAN Trial): A Four-Arm, Observer-Blind, Cluster-Randomised Controlled Trial
Women's groups that employ a combination of nutrition-sensitive agriculture videos, nutrition-specific videos, and participatory learning and action cycle meetings improve maternal and child diet quality. While these components have been implemented separately in several low-income settings, scaling them together could increase their impact.
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This tool provides guidance for implementing partners to apply a nutrition lens to the selection of appropriate food assistance modalities and presents considerations in alignment with the four Modality Decision Tool concepts of appropriateness, feasibility, objective, and cost.
Lessons Learned and Recommendations from the Humanitarian-Development Nexus for Nutrition: Case Studies
Nutrition policies, plans, and programs have often not been adequately risk informed. Case studies examine how humanitarian and development partners can bridge divisions that exist and reinforce a humanitarian-development nexus to balance short-term responses with longer-term solutions. A French version is also available.
Maintaining Essential Nutrition Services to Underfive Children in Yemen: A Programmatic Adaptation Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
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The WHO has adapted the services it provides within the nutrition surveillance system (NSS), therapeutic feeding centers (TFC), and isolation units (IU) to respond to the pandemic. The Yemen case study discussed in this article may serve as a roadmap for other countries that intend to undertake similar adaptations.
Delivering Nutrition Interventions to Women and Children in Conflict Settings: A Systematic Review
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This review synthesizes data on the delivery, coverage, and effectiveness of nutrition programs in areas of conflict. Available studies focus on micronutrient supplementation, nutrition assessments, and interventions for young children and pregnant and lactating women, but there is little research evaluating coverage or effectiveness of nutrition interventions.
Old Tricks, New Opportunities: How Companies Violate the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes and Undermine Maternal and Child Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Companies are using health claims and misinformation about breastfeeding (BF) to capitalize on pandemic fears. Proposed immediate actions include using findings to inform World Health Assembly actions, increasing enforcement of International Code violations, and addressing misinformation about BF in the context of the pandemic.
Implementing a Novel Facility-Community Intervention for Strengthening Integration of Infant Nutrition and Family Planning in Mara and Kagera, Tanzania
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A multifaceted intervention to integrate maternal and infant nutrition and postpartum family planning (FP) into existing health contacts increased FP and early breastfeeding (EBF) at six weeks postpartum, demonstrated that lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) was acceptable, provided an entry point for important FP conversations, and reinforced EBF practices.
Vitamin A Deficiency Has Declined in Malawi, But with Evidence of Elevated Vitamin A in Children
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While the use of vitamin A-fortified staple foods and biannual high-dose vitamin A supplementation has led to the near elimination of vitamin A deficiency in Malawi, elevated levels of vitamin A among children suggests that interventions may need modification.