Knowledge ManagementAcute MalnutritionBreastfeedingChild NutritionComplementary FeedingEmergency NutritionFood SafetyFood SystemsGenderInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionResilienceWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Future investments should include strengthening nutrition as part of primary health care, identifying pathways through which food systems most effectively and efficiently prevent child wasting, improving access to ready-to-use therapeutic food for treatment and specialized nutritious food (SNF) for prevention, supporting the development of sustainable financing strategies for health systems and
Nurturing Young Children through Responsive Feeding
Knowledge ManagementChild NutritionComplementary FeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
Comprehensive counseling, and responsive feeding (RF) are an essential aspect of adequate nutrition and responsive caregiving. This brief describes how responsive feeding promotes positive caregiver-child interactions and early learning.
Key activities this year include engaging national actors to adopt and scale multiple micronutrient supplementation; raising awareness of women’s nutrition challenges; developing strategic partnerships and collaborations across maternal nutrition, health, and related fields; and expanding the consortium’s capacity, expertise, and reach.
Kuhn’s organization, Roots of Peace, has facilitated the removal of unexploded bombs and landmines; planted millions of grapevines and fruit trees; provided training for farmers; restored agricultural value chains; and rebuilt food systems, livelihoods, and communities in several war-torn countries.
What it Takes to Bounce Back from Severe Malnutrition: Albatoul’s Story
Knowledge ManagementAcute MalnutritionGrowth Monitoring and Promotion
Aid workers reported increases in the number of women seeking care and treatment for their malnourished children and in ready-to-use therapeutic food refill requests. While they urge mothers to stick to a schedule during treatment and to bring their children back for follow-up to ensure a full recovery, they are fearful that critical supplies could be cut off.
Nutrition and Feeding of Children with Feeding Difficulties and Disabilities: Gaps, Progress, and Opportunities
Knowledge ManagementBreastfeedingChild NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Supporting children with feeding difficulties and disabilities requires strengthening systems to improve the identification, early intervention, and inclusion of children with complex needs in primary health care services and expanding availability of specialized services. Provide support to families to address social determinants and raise awareness of the need and opportunities.
Research Findings on Resilience & Social Cohesion in Burkina Faso and Niger
Food SystemsCOVID-19Food SystemsGenderResilience
Researchers discuss how multi-sectoral World Food Program interventions, partnerships, and collaborations have reduced tensions and improved social cohesion in fragile contexts. This is a webinar. It is in English with simultaneous interpretation into French.
Irregular Migration and Food Security: A View from West Africa
Food SystemsEmergency NutritionFood Systems
Speakers discuss a mixed method, route-based study to look at migrant origins, their transit experience, and where their journey stalls or ends. They introduce an interactive website that illustrates the migrant journey and associated risks. This is a webinar.
Is Women’s Empowerment Bearing Fruit? Mapping Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) Results Using the Gender and Food Systems Framework
Food SystemsChild NutritionFood SystemsGenderMaternal NutritionWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Findings suggest that women’s empowerment contributes to improved diets and nutritional status, especially for children, but that household wealth, social class, and gender norms moderate impacts. Strengthening the evidence base will require more research using experimental and quasi-experimental methods and completing gender-disaggregated analyses.
Context Assessment for Mixed Farming Systems in Malawi
Food SystemsFood SystemsResilience
Key recommendations in this assessment include training smallholder farmers about the benefits of adopting sustainable intensification technologies; establishing demonstration plots; and improving farmer access to inputs, support services, and markets.
Shaping Food Environments to Support Sustainable Healthy Diets in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Food SystemsFood Systems
Researchers prioritize developing a comprehensive structural framework to facilitate understanding of interactions among different domains; generating comprehensive and reliable data; and developing evidence-based, actionable policies.
Recommendations include conducting research on sustainable funding mechanisms, researching and implementing evidence-based interventions, and identifying indicators to measure the impact of agriculture on nutrition and to ensure the efficient use of resources.
This protocol focuses on identifying and mapping characteristics of food environments that influence food acquisition practices and dietary intake among women of reproductive age, especially pre-conception, during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding.
Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) Measurement Usage among Children with Disabilities: A Systematic Review
Nutrition and Health SystemsChild Nutrition
Studies reviewed indicate mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) is used as part of nutritional assessments on children with disabilities, but measurement methods, references, and cut-offs were inconsistent. Speed, simplicity, and ease of use make MUAC useful for implementers.
Nutrition Resources and Tools Across the USAID Program Cycle
To support multi-sectoral nutrition, the resource collection provides tools for strategic planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, skill building and curricula, and learning and new evidence.
The Availability and Geographic Location of Open-Source Food Composition Data Used to Estimate Micronutrient Intakes in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Scoping Review
Food SystemsFood SystemsMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
Identifying and reporting geographic information in publicly available food composition tables and databases and accommodating spatially resolved food composition data requires new data structures and improved metadata.