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Adolescent Nutrition Resource Bank

Restrictions on the Marketing of Unhealthy Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Children Advocacy Cartoons

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Adolescent NutritionFood Security
These cartoons are part of a larger advocacy package developed by UNICEF to support the design, implementation, enforcement, and evaluation of various strategies aimed at ensuring a safe and healthy food environment to prevent childhood overweight and obesity.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Illustrative Behaviors to Improve Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender Behavior Change for NutritionNutrition Sensitive Agriculture
Food systems are the backbone of global diets. This tool provides an illustrative list of evidence-based nutrition-sensitive behaviors to spark ideas and discussion among activity designers and implementers. While this list can be used as a standalone resource, it also serves as a companion piece to USAID’s Designing Effective Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Activities Guide.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Situational Analysis of Early Childhood Care and Development Services in Ghana

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Early Childhood Development Early Childhood Development
Ghana has made strong political commitments to improve children’s development, though 45 percent of children in the country are at risk of not meeting their developmental potential due to stunting or extreme poverty.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

USAID Advancing Nutrition Democratic Republic of the Congo Fact Sheet

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Acute MalnutritionEmergency Nutrition
This two-page fact sheet describes USAID Advancing Nutrition's support to a wide range of nutrition stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including the government, implementing partners, and United Nations agencies to better understand and document ways to strengthen the quality and continuity of interventions to treat and prevent wasting in children under five.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

USAID Advancing Nutrition Project Fact Sheet

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Knowledge Management
USAID Advancing Nutrition strengthens nutrition investments of USAID, providing support and technical assistance to USAID Missions, governments, and partners at local, regional, and national levels and as they improve nutritional status and health outcomes around the world.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Fathers’ Complementary Feeding Support Strengthens the Association Between Mothers’ Decision-Making Autonomy and Optimal Complementary Feeding in Nigeria

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender Complementary Feeding
High levels of fathers’ support in Nigeria strengthened the association between mothers’ decision-making autonomy and minimum meal frequency, minimum acceptable diet, and feeding children fish.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Taking a Food Systems Approach to Policymaking: A Resource for Policymakers

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Food Systems BreastfeedingFood SafetyGender
Resources explore potential entry points and ways to identify and engage relevant stakeholders and provide practical ideas to improve food systems’ ability to improve nutrition and health.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Child Alert: Severe Wasting

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Acute MalnutritionAdolescent NutritionCOVID-19Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Donors should fully fund the scale-up of early prevention and treatment, provide multi-year funding, and ensure that budgets include ready-to-use therapeutic food allocations. Governments should integrate early prevention and treatment programs into national primary health and nutrition care systems and services—and protect child nutrition investments from budget cuts.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Status of Digital Agriculture in 47 Sub-Saharan African Countries

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Food Systems COVID-19Food SecurityNutrition Sensitive AgriculturePrivate-Sector Engagement
Agriculture digitalization is important to leverage the benefits of digital technologies to transform societies, improve livelihoods, and eradicate poverty. The report identifies countries’ current status by assessing infrastructure, digital penetration, policies and regulations, the business environment, human capital, and agro-innovation.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Evaluation of Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation and Medium-Quantity Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplementation in Pregnancy on Child Development in Rural Niger: A Secondary Analysis of a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Maternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
Prenatal macronutrient and micronutrient supplementation provided no benefit for child development outcomes when compared with iron-folic acid supplementation. Prenatal lipid-based nutrient supplements had a positive effect on cognitive development trajectory and time to achieve selected gross motor milestones.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Safe and Nutritious Food: Fortifying Systems to Deliver at Scale

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Food Systems Complementary FeedingFood SafetyFood SecurityMicronutrient InterventionsPrivate-Sector Engagement
Delivering nutritious and safe food requires government institutions with strong food regulatory and enforcement capacity to establish evidence-based standards and enable compliance, writes USAID Chief Nutritionist Shawn Baker. The private sector needs greater capacity, commitment, and access to financing.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Breastfeeding and Humanitarian Emergencies: The Experiences of Pregnant and Lactating Women during the Earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts BreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Findings include the central role of partner and family support, the need for spaces where mothers can share experiences and practices with each other, the lack of breastfeeding support after hospital discharge, and the inappropriate donation and distribution of breastmilk substitutes.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Political Economy of Agri-Nutrition: What’s Politics Got to Do with Nutrients?

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Food Systems Food SecurityGenderMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Sensitive Agriculture
Research and policy agendas should focus on who and what is given space in nutrition debates, how power is exercised, knowledge of alternative and sustainable food systems, and incorporating equality issues in the design and evaluation of interventions.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Participation Intensity in a Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Intervention

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Food Systems GenderNutrition Sensitive Agriculture
In a study assessing program delivery, participation intensity was highest among older and highly educated participants from moderate wealth households and associated with better recall of topics discussed and greater knowledge of key methods. Associations were most significant for outcomes within individual decision-making ability.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Mothers' Milk Contributes Almost $4 Trillion to the Global Economy—But Its Value Has Never Been Considered. A New Tool Now Makes That Possible

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Food SystemsKnowledge ManagementNutrition and Health Systems BreastfeedingEconomic Growth
The tool uses existing data to estimate the value of breastmilk. The accompanying webinar and brief advocate for developing paid maternity leave and workplace policies that support breastfeeding, ending exploitative marketing of commercial formula milk, and improving access to skilled counseling.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Guideline: Fortification of Wheat Flour with Vitamins and Minerals as a Public Health Strategy

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Food Systems GenderMicronutrient Interventions
This guideline provides evidence-informed and locally adaptable recommendations on the fortification of wheat flour with vitamins and minerals to improve micronutrient status. Recommendations are helpful for the design, implementation, and scaling of nutrition actions and are particularly relevant to food-fortification programs.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Innovative New App Launched to Train, Support, and Motivate Frontline Nutrition Workers in Gujarat State, India

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Adolescent NutritionAnemiaBreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
The app provides frontline health workers with real-time support to problem-solve, get answers to questions, and participate in trainings. The platform collects feedback on service quality and provides anonymous feedback about supervision. The app collates and analyzes data, which helps government officials monitor program quality and identify performance gaps.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Improving the Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: Implementation Guide for National, District, and Facility Levels

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Nutrition and Health Systems
The guide provides practical guidance for policymakers, program managers, health practitioners, and other actors working to establish and implement quality of care programs for maternal, newborn, and child health.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Farm-Level Production Diversity and Child and Adolescent Nutrition in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: A Multicountry, Longitudinal Study

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Food Systems Adolescent Nutrition
Further farm-level diversification is not a suitable general strategy to improve child and adolescent nutrition, but it may be useful in some contexts. Livestock production shows some promise for improving child and adolescent nutrition.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Optimising Child and Adolescent Health and Development

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Early Childhood Development Adolescent NutritionMaternal Nutrition
Evidence supports a holistic agenda for child health spanning sexual, reproductive, maternal, childhood, and adolescent health; nutrition; and development. This series shows the importance of greater integration and implementation of evidence-based interventions across health, education, and social systems, as well as breaking down sectoral siloes.