USAID Advancing Nutrition draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement, and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Working across and through varied sectors, we provide technical support to and implementation of nutrition interventions for USAID and its partners to address the root causes of malnutrition.
Our Focus Areas
Our diverse technical teams provide technical assistance to USAID to support the implementation of the "Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy 2014-2025" in the many countries where USAID works, building on work conducted through current and previous nutrition and related investments, such as the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III (FANTA-III) and Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) projects.
We provide an increased focus on comprehensive and integrated nutrition interventions; systems strengthening; implementation research related to multi-sectoral nutrition programming; private sector engagement; quality improvement; and surveillance, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
Measurable improvements in nutrition require significant changes in the use of nutrition-specific services and in the underlying causes that lead to malnutrition. In households and communities, nutrition is rooted in human behavior—diets, caring and feeding practices, livelihoods, health and hygiene practices, and more. Any work to improve nutrition must therefore be centered around behavior.
Because behaviors take place within complex food, nutrition, and health systems that include government, civil society, and the private sector, we must base our work on solid evidence, country realities, and sound behavior change principles at both the global and country levels.
In this work, we—
- collaborate with other nutrition actors
- provide technical assistance to USAID and its partners
- adhere to clear priorities and approaches that can be adapted at the country level in both development and humanitarian contexts.
Multi-sectoral nutrition programming requires a range of capable institutions and workforces to deliver high-quality products and services. This type of programming also must be backed by political will, commitment of resources, and good governance.
Use of data for decision-making and accountability requires access to and use of robust information systems. Our work to increase country commitment and capacity supports and sustains nutrition interventions identified for scale-up, fostering an enabling environment that supports high-quality nutrition service delivery and behavior change.
Our work ensures—
- adequate capacity for nutrition service delivery
- increased coordination across multi-sectoral actors
- strengthened systems for gathering and using nutrition data.
USAID Advancing Nutrition is committed to learning from program implementation and sharing our experience and knowledge with the global nutrition community. The work we do in this area links closely with our collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) plan to gather meaningful data and intentionally pause, reflect, and adapt programs based on what we have learned.
In addition to conducting implementation research and proactively adopting innovations, we also harness learning and experience from across the global nutrition community for sharing in engaging formats.
To do this, we identify, analyze and synthesize knowledge resulting from—
- groundbreaking field practices
- rigorous academic research
- the application of practical tools.