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USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Leveraging Agriculture for Nutritional Impact through the Feed the Future Initiative: A Landscape Analysis of Activities Across 19 Focus Countries

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Food Systems Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture
Between September 2012 and June 2013, SPRING conducted a landscape analysis of activities of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future, in 19 focus countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and the Caribbean. This exercise generated a total of 19 country profiles. Each provided a snapshot of the USAID Mission's activities and contexts in the particular…
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Training Resource Package

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Food Systems Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture
The SPRING Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Training Resource Package is a collection of our very best training work, including presentations, activities, handouts, and session guides. In this training resource package, you will find the building blocks for creating a nutrition-sensitive agriculture presentation or training program that reaches program leaders, managers, and other decision-makers
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

A User Guide to Context Assessment Tools for Linking Agriculture and Nutrition

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Food Systems Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture
The aim of this guide is to support context assessment for project design, whether creating new or amending existing projects. It intends to strengthen the links between agricultural interventions and nutritional outcomes. The guide explains the basic steps of context assessment and presents a variety of primary data collection tools.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

The Implications of Three Major New Trials for the Effect of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene on Childhood Diarrhea and Stunting: A Consensus Statement

Early Childhood DevelopmentNutrition in Humanitarian ContextsFood SystemsKnowledge ManagementMonitoring, Evaluation, and LearningNutrition and Health SystemsSocial and Behavior Change and Gender
With the results from the SHINE and WASH Benefits trials demonstrating limited impact of basic water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) on childhood stunting, what role does WASH now play in multi-sectoral nutrition programming?
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Food Systems and Nutrition E-Consultation: Emerging Evidence and Research Opportunities

Food Systems
To help uncover research gaps in food systems and nutrition, Agrilinks, USAID Advancing Nutrition, and USAID’s Bureau for Food Security hosted an e-consultation in November 2019.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Information Diffusion and Social Norms Are Associated with Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in Bangladesh

Nutrition and Health SystemsSocial and Behavior Change and Gender
Researchers conducted two rounds of surveys in 2,000 Bangladeshi households to examine the diffusion of infant and young child feeding (IYCF) messaging through interventions targeting mothers’ social networks.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Ethiopian Mothers' Experiences with Micronutrient Powders: Perspectives from Continuing and Noncontinuing Users

Nutrition and Health SystemsSocial and Behavior Change and Gender
To respond to deficiencies in the diets of children 0-23 months old, the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia worked with partner organizations to deliver micronutrient powders (MNP) through health extension workers.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Effects of Nutritional Supplementation and Home Visiting on Growth and Development in Young Children in Madagascar: A Cluster-Randomised Controlled Trial

Nutrition and Health SystemsSocial and Behavior Change and Gender
In this cluster-randomized control trial in Madagascar, researchers assigned 3,738 mothers who were pregnant or had children under 11 months old to five different intervention groups within a larger scale community-based nutrition program.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Degree of Exposure to Interventions Influences Maternal and Child Dietary Practices: Evidence from a Large-Scale Multisectoral Nutrition Program

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Nutrition and Health SystemsSocial and Behavior Change and Gender
Suaahara II is a multi-sectoral program created to combat the high prevalence of maternal and child malnutrition in Nepal.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Commonly Applied Social-Behavior Change Techniques Used in Complementary Feeding Programs in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Scoping Review

Nutrition and Health SystemsSocial and Behavior Change and Gender
An examination of literature on complementary feeding interventions in lower- and middle-income countries since 2000, this scoping review considered 64 behavior change interventions. Across the interventions, authors identified 28 out of a possible 93 behavior change techniques (BCTs), estimating effectiveness ratios for each.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Guidance for Assessing Resilience in Market Systems

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts
Resilience has become a high-level objective for many nutrition projects. Though most resilience guidance focuses on the household or community, population-level resilience is heavily reliant on the strength and functionality of market systems through periods of shock or stress.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Twin Peaks: The Seasonality of Acute Malnutrition, Conflict, and Environmental Factors

Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts
According to a long-held assumption about the seasonality of food security in Chad, Sudan, and South Sudan, the peak of malnutrition happens at the end of the lean season. This report finds that there are actually two peaks, with the worst occurring at the end of the dry season and a smaller peak at the end of the lean season.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Transfers, Nutrition Programming, and Economic Well-being: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh

Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts
Little research has been conducted on how leveraging cash transfers with nutrition interventions could impact household economic well-being. This study examined a program in Bangladesh that offered impoverished women transfers of cash and food with and without nutrition behavior change communication.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

“System of Hunger”: Understanding Causal Disaster Vulnerability of Indigenous Food Systems

Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts
Indigenous food systems are vulnerable to hazards that cause food insecurity. In indigenous contexts, particular care needs to be taken to account for unique cultural and social systems.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Nutrition in Africa’s Drylands: A Conceptual Framework for Addressing Acute Malnutrition (Draft)

Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts
East Africa and the Sahel’s drylands present a unique context for implementation. Regime instability, climate change, and shifts in traditional pastoral ways of life mean that stakeholders need a new way to view these regions.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Maternal Nutrition Operational Guidance Program Considerations for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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Nutrition and Health Systems
Developed by USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, this practical guidance document is meant to help ministries of health, nongovernmental organizations, and implementing partners working in low- and middle-income countries design, implement, and strengthen
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Impact on Child Acute Malnutrition of Integrating a Preventive Nutrition Package into Facility-Based Screening for Acute Malnutrition during Well-Baby Consultation: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial in Burkina Faso

Nutrition and Health SystemsSocial and Behavior Change and Gender
Community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) is an effective approach for treating acute malnutrition (AM), but low (50 percent) screening levels for AM impede effectiveness of CMAM. Scaling up screening coverage to 90 percent of acutely malnourished children could save 435,000 lives per year.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Facility‐ and Community‐based Delivery of Micronutrient Powders in Uganda: Opening the Black Box of Implementation Using Mixed Methods

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Nutrition and Health SystemsSocial and Behavior Change and Gender
The authors of this study sought to fill a gap in the documentation of lessons learned in micronutrient powder (MNP) implementation programs. To do so, they used a mixed method evaluation to compare community- and facility-based delivery of MNP and document users’ experiences.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Child-Sensitive WASH Composite Score and the Nutritional Status in Cambodian Children

Nutrition and Health Systems
Despite progress in health over the years in Cambodia, the number of malnourished children remains high, which may be associated in part with poor water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Improve It: Experiences and Insights on Social Norms Measurement

Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningSocial and Behavior Change and Gender
Experts from Drexel University, CARE USA, UNICEF, and Emory University presented an overview on the state of social norms measures, building on the recently published guide titled Resources for Measuring Social Norms: A Practical Guide for Implementers.