Mobilising Evidence, Data, and Resources to Achieve Global Maternal and Child Undernutrition Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals: An Agenda for Action
Adolescent NutritionAnemiaBreastfeedingCOVID-19Emergency Nutrition Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)Nutrition Sensitive AgricultureWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
New evidence from national and state-level success stories in stunting reduction reinforces the need for multisectoral actions to address underlying determinants of undernutrition and identifies key features of enabling political environments. Well-resourced nutrition data and information systems are essential to support this work.
Introduction to the SIMPLE Macro, a Tool to Increase the Accessibility of 24-Hour Dietary Recall Analysis and Modeling
Micronutrient InterventionsNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
Information on long-term dietary intake is often required for nutrition research or program planning, but surveys routinely use short-term assessments such as 24-hour recalls. Methods to reduce the impact of within-person variation in 24-hour recalls typically require extensive training and skill.
Assessing Nutrient Gaps and Affordability of Complementary Foods: New Methods and Their Application in Different Settings
AnemiaNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
This series of articles focuses on nutrient gaps and the affordability of nutritious foods during the complementary feeding period in South Asia and Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as the Comprehensive Nutrient Gap Assessment method for identifying the public health significance of nutrient gaps.
The Lancet Series on Maternal & Child Undernutrition Progress
Adolescent NutritionMaternal NutritionWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Multi-sectoral nutrition leaders discuss how the evidence base for nutrition; health; food systems; social protection; and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions has evolved since the first Lancet Series on Maternal & Child Undernutrition was published in 2013. They also identify priority actions to regain and accelerate progress within the next decade. This is a webinar.
Why Tackling Malnutrition Matters for Women's Empowerment
Adolescent NutritionCOVID-19Maternal Nutrition
While gender equality and women’s empowerment are associated with improved child nutrition, early childhood nutrition also contributes to strong and healthy women. Interventions such as supplying pregnant women with prenatal vitamins can make a significant difference to their financial security and economic empowerment.
Small-Scale Farmers Developing Resilience to COVID-19
Speakers shed light on how small-scale farmers are dealing with COVID-19, risks to food security for mothers and children, the importance of bringing digital services to farmers, and the advantages of poultry farming over other types of livestock farming. This is a podcast.
Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference: CONNECTED 2020
Adolescent NutritionAnemiaBreastfeedingCOVID-19Emergency Nutrition Food SafetyInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)Nutrition Sensitive AgriculturePrivate-Sector Engagement
Recently made available to the public at no cost, conference research tracks explore Micronutrient Biology and Status Assessment, Efficacy and Safety of Micronutrient Interventions, Program Effectiveness, Designing an Enabling Environment for Micronutrients, and Food Systems. Slideshows and other written materials accompany recorded presentations.
How Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Programs Can Realize both Nutrition and Gender Equality Goals
Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture
Ensuring gender transformative outcomes of nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs (NSAPs) requires being intentional about empowering women and transforming gender relations as well as recognizing potential trade-offs between women’s different roles and the unintended consequences of NSAP participation.
More than 45 percent of infant and young child deaths are attributable to undernutrition. However, as this article points out, donor funding for nutrition services is less than 1 percent of donor investment in development as a whole. Despite proven solutions to screen and treat children, underfunding hinders large-scale progress with enormous consequences.
As incomes have declined during the pandemic, families cannot afford nutritious foods while producers and sellers struggle to stay afloat. Health systems are overwhelmed, families are reluctant to seek healthcare, and efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 are decreasing coverage of other life-saving care.
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.
Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women: An Updated Guide to Measurement: From Collection to Action
Authors discuss high quality methodologies to collect, analyze, interpret, and present data on women’s dietary diversity for use in research, impact assessment, and large-scale health and nutrition surveys.
Aquaculture can contribute to building resilient food systems, improving nutrition, and providing employment and export earnings. Aquaculture products should be integrated into agriculture and trade policies, national food-based dietary guidelines, and nutrition and health policies and strategies.
Comprehensive Nutrient Gap Assessment (CONGA): Micronutrient Gaps During the Complementary Feeding Period
Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
The Comprehensive Nutrient Gap Assessment tool identifies micronutrient gaps and provides guidance about how to use various types of evidence to assess the significance of nutrient gaps in a given population as well as the best sources of those nutrients.
Affordability of Nutritious Foods for Complementary Feeding
Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Inadequate quantity and quality of foods during the complementary feeding period impact growth and development and have immediate and long-term consequences. Affordability assessments indicate that liver, small fish, dark green leafy vegetables, milk, and eggs are the most affordable sources to address nutritional shortfalls.
Planting Seeds of Change: Reconceptualizing What People Eat as Eating Practices and Patterns
While language focusing on food consumption as an individual behavior encourages interventions to educate individuals to make better choices, language of eating practices and patterns invokes a socioecological frame that regards consumption practices as enmeshed within broader social contexts.