Experts argue that food labeling, taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, and stronger regulations on marketing products high in fat, sugar, or salt to children are critical to address the rising levels of hunger and malnutrition. Adjusting policies on subsidies could improve food supply quality.
How Can Nutrition Research Better Reflect the Relationship Between Wasting and Stunting in Children? Learnings from the Wasting and Stunting Project
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAdolescent NutritionEmergency NutritionFood SecurityGenderGrowth Monitoring and PromotionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Authors discussed how to design and finance research with a wasting and stunting lens to better understand, prevent, and treat child undernutrition. Lessons learned focused on the interactions and relationships between children's weight loss and linear growth faltering, factors driving different types of undernutrition, and the importance of identifying and targeting those most at risk.
A Mixed Methods Study to Assess the Impact of COVID-19 on Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAcute MalnutritionAdolescent NutritionCOVID-19Emergency NutritionMaternal NutritionNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
The pandemic has reversed decades of progress in maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition (MNCHN), especially in fragile and conflict-affected settings. Reduced or suspended funding and insufficient adaptation strategies have likely increased morbidity and mortality.
This tool makes it easier for practitioners and decision makers to understand dietary patterns and nutrient intake. Such information is critical to design, monitor, and evaluate efforts to improve diets. The decision tool provides existing data sources and data collection tools related to five different target groups.
The relationship between food processing and diets is complex; expanding the production of processed foods may play a role in both supporting and hindering food systems in delivering safe, nutritious diets.
Developing Resources to Support Policymakers to Take a Food Systems Approach to Policymaking
Food SystemsFood Systems
There are increasing calls to take a food systems approach to food and nutrition policy; however, it is often unclear how policymakers can adopt this approach and adapt it to their particular context. R4D and the Centre for Food Policy at City at University of London developed an evidence review and four technical briefs to respond to this challenge.
Updating National CMAM Guidelines Lessons from Previous Experiences
Knowledge ManagementAcute Malnutrition
Using country experiences developing and updating national guidelines for community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) and integrated management of acute malnutrition, this report provides recommendations to national governments, the World Health Organization and other relevant United Nations agencies, and civil society organizations for updating guidelines on preventing and treating
Measuring Women's Empowerment: Gender and Time-Use Agency in Benin, Malawi and Nigeria
Social and Behavior Change and GenderGender
Women’s ability to exercise time-use agency was conditional on gendered power dynamics and other barriers within households, which together are related to gender norms. Future research should examine how to measure time-use agency in surveys and should explore patterns of time-use agency among diverse groups and contexts.
Identifying Effective Message-Framing Techniques in Behavior Change Communication for Healthy Diets: An Experimental Study of Promoting Biofortified Maize Adoption in Ethiopia
Social and Behavior Change and GenderMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Sensitive Agriculture
Nutrition education increased demand for nutritionally enhanced crops, while gain-framed messaging (e.g., achieving something) resulted in higher willingness to pay for nutritionally enhanced maize than loss-framed messaging. Motivational orientations and individuals’ risk perceptions impacted the effect of framed messages.
Speakers discuss key updates to implementation guidance and responsibilities for a national Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative program and introduce new implementation resources. Several speakers share their experiences using the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. This is a webinar. It is available in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
Systematic Evidence and Gap Map of Research Linking Food Security and Nutrition to Mental Health
Food SystemsNutrition and Health SystemsAdolescent NutritionBreastfeedingComplementary FeedingFood SecurityGrowth Monitoring and PromotionHIVInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
The relationship between depression and diets and anthropometry was most common in the literature, while the connection between infant and young child feeding and anxiety, stress, and mental well-being were least studied.
Storytelling for Persuasion: Insights from Community Health Workers on How They Engage Family Members to Improve Adoption of Recommended Maternal Nutrition and Breastfeeding Behaviours in Rural Bangladesh
Nutrition and Health SystemsAdolescent NutritionBreastfeedingMaternal NutritionNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
Mothers, fathers, and mothers-in-law in Bangladesh each responded to different types of messaging from community health workers counseling families on maternal, infant, and young child nutrition. Key motivators were improved fetal growth and child intelligence, while improved maternal health was the least motivating outcome, even among mothers.
Can Digitally Enabling Community Health and Nutrition Workers Improve Services Delivery to Pregnant Women and Mothers of Infants? Quasi-Experimental Evidence from a National-Scale Nutrition Programme in India
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
Integrating a mobile app with existing services improved timeliness of home visits and appropriate counseling, especially when existing service levels were low, but did not impact infant and young child feeding practices. Digital enhancements can complement but should not replace other efforts to strengthen health systems and address structural barriers.
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningCOVID-19Emergency NutritionGenderGrowth Monitoring and Promotion
Intersecting crises, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and conflict, jeopardized the Sustainable Development Goals. Intersecting solutions, including strengthening social protection systems and public services and investing in clean energy, will address root causes of environmental degradation, climate change, and increasing inequality.
Fortified Balanced Energy-Protein Supplementation, Maternal Anemia, and Gestational Weight Gain: A Randomized Controlled Efficacy Trial Among Pregnant Women in Rural Burkina Faso
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningAnemiaMaternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
In Burkina Faso, fortified balanced energy-protein supplementation (BEP) did not reduce maternal anemia or increase gestational weight gain when compared with iron–folic acid. Small positive effects of maternal BEP supplementation on birth outcomes support the need for additional investigation of different biochemical and postnatal outcomes.
Estimating National and Subnational Nutrient Intake Distributions of Global Diets
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningAnemiaGenderMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Sensitive Agriculture
Researchers found nutrient intake distributions were rarely symmetric, while variability and skewness differed significantly based on nutrient and population subgroup. The shape of nutrient intake distributions strongly influenced estimates of nutrient intake inadequacy.
USAID Administrator Power on the State of Global Food Security and Nutrition
Knowledge ManagementAcute MalnutritionAdolescent NutritionCOVID-19Emergency NutritionFood SecurityInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Micronutrient InterventionsNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and conflict have increased the number of acutely food insecure people to historic highs; the war in Ukraine will add to this number, which is projected to reach 323 million people in 2022. USAID, technical experts, and philanthropists pursuing public-private investment discuss steps to combat the worsening crisis. This is a webinar.