Haemoglobin Thresholds to Define Anaemia in a National Sample of Healthy Children and Adolescents Aged 1–19 Years in India: A Population-Based Study
Adolescent NutritionAnemiaGrowth Monitoring and Promotion Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
Research findings support review of current WHO hemoglobin cutoffs to define anemia. Significant variations in the 5th percentile of hemoglobin values across the 1–19 years age range and between sexes argue against constructing common cutoffs in stratified age groups for convenience.
40th Anniversary of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes Event
BreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Speakers present historical examples of implementing the International Code and discuss breastfeeding; first food systems and corporate power; the exposure to, and impact of, baby food marketing; and protecting breastfeeding from breast-milk substitutes marketing. This webinar is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Regional industrial food fortification program standardization requires aligning standards and regulatory frameworks; strengthening public- and private-sector institutional capacity to implement programs in a sustained way; monitoring guidelines; and cooperation around quality control, compliance, and enforcement.
Speakers discuss the relationship between micronutrient deficiencies in mothers and children and how evidence-based interventions and nutrition policy can help alleviate micronutrient malnutrition. This is a webinar.
New Resources for IYCF Programming—Updated Image Bank
COVID-19Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
High-quality images are an essential component of social and behavior change, and illustrations can be particularly helpful where literacy rates and access to media are low. Updates expand the collection of IYCF images to include content on responsive feeding, responsive care, and overweight and obesity. This is a webinar.
Key Messages to Help Strengthen Infant and Young Child Feeding during the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
This video provides frontline health and nutrition workers with messages to provide pregnant women, mothers, and caregivers about infant and young child feeding in the context of the pandemic. This webinar is available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.
Short online courses focus on strengthening food consumption information systems; environmental enteropathy; sustainable agriculture and the role of livestock; research challenges at the intersection of agriculture, diet, and health; COVID-19 and nutrition; food safety; good governance; and nutrition policy and programs, among others.
USAID Advancing Nutrition has conducted a systematic review of evidence on behavioral interventions about how to involve family members in supporting women’s nutrition, launched the Adolescent Nutrition Resource Bank, and developed a learning agenda on women’s diets to synthesize evidence and learning across its portfolio.
Tackling Malnutrition: Improving Both Food and Health Systems
Nearly one in three people around the world had at least one form of malnutrition before the COVID-19 pandemic, and trends suggest this will rise to one in two people by 2025. The pandemic could result in an additional 11.9 million severely malnourished children, and malnutrition will likely kill more people than the virus itself.
Achieving Equitable Diets for All: The Long and Winding Road
Political commitment, science and data, incentives, and collectivism will help achieve global goals to improve food systems for healthy, equitable, and sustainable diets by 2050. This commentary by Jessica Fanzo is behind a paywall.
You Say You Want a Data Revolution? Taking on Food Systems Accountability
Data gaps and limitations hinder food systems learning and accountability. The Food Systems Dashboard improves access to and usage of food systems-related data to inform policies and actions to improve diets, nutrition, livelihoods, and environmental sustainability.
Food Systems are Responsible for a Third of Global Anthropogenic GHG Emissions
Building on the Emissions Database of Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR), a new global food emissions database (EDGAR-FOOD) provides data about greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the global food system. In 2015, food system emissions represented 34 percent of total GHG emissions, with agriculture, land use, and land-use change activities contributing the most.
Can Agroecology Improve Food Security and Nutrition? A Review
Food SecurityNutrition Sensitive Agriculture
Evidence suggests that crop diversity, organic soil amendments, and agroforestry have positive impacts on food security and nutrition and that agroecological systems that include multiple components are more likely to produce positive outcomes. Farmer networks and attention to social equity dimensions are also important. This article is behind a paywall.
Nurturing Care during COVID-19: Lessons Learned in 7 Countries
The pandemic has disrupted efforts to promote and protect nurturing care for young children, while social and economic ramifications have left families needing even more parenting and family support. Speakers discuss emerging lessons from seven programs that prioritize nurturing care and early childhood development. This is a webinar.