Key areas for attention to enhance the success of nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs include learning from past successes and failures, strengthening local structures, and empowering communities and building resilience.
Do Not Transform Food Systems on the Backs of the Rural Poor
Food SystemsCOVID-19Food Security
Many food system transformation approaches do not explicitly include measures to ensure that envisioned changes will improve the livelihoods of low-income people living in rural areas. Such modeling risks transforming food systems to reach environmental and nutritional objectives without considering unintended consequences for this population.
Decisions to Start, Strengthen, and Sustain Food Fortification Programs: An Application of the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) Evidence to Decision (EtD) Framework in Nigeria
Food SystemsInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Micronutrient Interventions
Gaps in program design and implementation constrain the impact of food fortification. Using the GRADE EtD framework can strengthen the decision-making processes for health systems and public health, as well as improve program design, delivery, and health impacts.
Sample Sizes for Saturation in Qualitative Research: A Systematic Review of Empirical Tests
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
Results provide empirical guidance on effective sample sizes for qualitative research, which can be used in conjunction with characteristics of individual studies to estimate an appropriate sample size.
A Pilot to Promote Early Child Development within Health Systems in Mozambique: A Qualitative Evaluation
Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
Researchers assessed the delivery, acceptability, perceptions, barriers, and facilitators of integrating developmental monitoring, nutritional screening, and counseling in health facilities. They identified programmatic recommendations for enhancing service delivery and maximizing potential impacts on nurturing care and early child development outcomes. This article is behind a paywall.
Basis for Changes in the Disease Burden Estimates Related to Vitamin A and Zinc Deficiencies in the 2017 and 2019 Global Burden of Disease Studies
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningGrowth Monitoring and Promotion Micronutrient Interventions
Changes in the estimated disease burdens due to vitamin A and zinc deficiencies from 2017 to 2019 are primarily due to changes in analytical methods employed in the Global Burden of Disease studies; as a result, they may not represent true changes in disease burden.
Zinc Fortification Country Briefs: Burkina Faso, and Senegal
Food SystemsMicronutrient Interventions
Briefs provide the rationale for zinc fortification, describe zinc deficiency and food fortification efforts, and outline actions that governments and supporting partners can take to remedy zinc deficiency through fortification.
Growth Monitoring and Promotion in Three Districts of Nepal: A Case Study Narrative
Nutrition and Health SystemsGrowth Monitoring and Promotion
Routine growth monitoring and promotion (GMP) of infants and young children provides frequent contacts with caregivers and can serve as an entry point for other essential nutrition and child health and development services.
This two-page fact sheet describes USAID Advancing Nutrition's support to the government of Kenya as it works to strengthen national and county-level government capacity to plan, finance, manage, and implement multi-sectoral nutrition interventions to improve the health of populations at risk of nutritional deficiencies.
This guide is centered on a results framework and serves as a tool for USAID Bureaus, Missions and development partners across government, the private sector and civil society to assess their specific needs and strategic opportunities, to design, implement, monitor and evaluate, and adjust large-scale food fortification programming for countries based on their local context.
Guide du programme Impliquer les membres de la famille dans l’amélioration de la nutrition maternelle et infantile
Social and Behavior Change and GenderGender Equality and Women’s EmpowermentInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
Le présent guide traduit les résultats de la recherche en recommandations pratiques pour des interventions qui impliquent effcacement les membres de la famille dans les soins et l’alimentation des enfants.
Focusing on Social Norms: A Practical Guide for Nutrition Programmers to Improve Women’s and Children’s Diets
Social and Behavior Change and GenderBehavior Change for NutritionComplementary FeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
Social norms influence the meaning and value of food as well as roles and expectations. This guide is for nutrition program planners and implementers planning norm-responsive activities within nutrition-sensitive or nutrition-specific programming.
Young People and Agriculture: Strategic Priorities for Impact
Adolescent NutritionEconomic GrowthFood Security
This strategy describes how Mercy Corps is engaging adolescents (ages 10–19) and youth (ages 20–24) in agriculture and technology to improve the food and nutrition security of their families and increase community resilience. It includes a theory of change, principles for engagement, and a framework for impact.
This report is a summary of actions taken since the World Food Forum in 2021 to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly how they have engaged youth in shaping the future of food security and addressing Goal 2: Zero Hunger.
Fix My Food: Children's Views on Transforming Food Systems
Adolescent NutritionFood Systems
In 2021, UNICEF partnered with the Young and Resilient Research Centre at Western Sydney University to host participatory workshops with adolescents in 18 countries around the world on their perspectives on food systems, including the barriers and challenges to attaining nutrition food and how they want food systems to change. The key insights and findings are summarized in this report.
Maternal, Infant, Young Child and Adolescent Nutrition Action Plan 2020-2025
Adolescent NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
This action plan is the Ugandan Ministry of Health's 5-year plan to reduce all forms of malnutrition in mothers, infants, young children, and adolescents. The action plan's objectives include to increase adolescents' access to nutrition-specific services and to strengthen school nutrition programs to promote optimal adolescent nutrition for improved health.
Prevention of Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents
Acute MalnutritionAdolescent NutritionFood Systems
More than 340 million of children age 5–19 have overweight, and growth is most rapid in low- and middle-income countries. This set of materials includes a program guidance, which guides countries in adapting programming to the changing face of malnutrition, and an advocacy strategy guidance to support UNICEF offices and partners in adapting the program guidance into advocacy work.