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Two women preparing greens and veggies for meals in a local market
Photo Credit: NOURISH project, Save The Children

The USAID and its partners improve the supply of healthy foods from farm to fork. Unfortunately, Healthy foods tend to be marketed and sold to high- or middle-income populations for high profit margins. Private sector actors have sophisticated techniques to promote products based on customers’ perceptions, values, and emotions. However, there’s less of an incentive to apply these techniques to promote healthy foods among low-income populations for smaller profit margins. Unhealthy foods are often cheaper for the consumer and profit margins are larger. While public sector actors have incentives to generate demand for healthy foods, many feel that these settings do not require private sector techniques. As a result, they often fall back on using education techniques to simply tell people what is healthy or good for them.

USAID Advancing Nutrition developed a guide to help implementing partners combine private sector and social marketing techniques to generate demand for healthy diets. The guide supports nutrition program planners, managers and implementing teams whose activities aim to promote healthy diets, or specific nutrient-rich foods. This guide helps users—

  • Identify and collect the most important information about their focus audience
  • Understand the power of and create brands for healthy diets
  • Develop compelling campaign strategies
  • Measure progress and adapt for success, 

It includes worksheets, notes sections, deliverable templates and inserts to inspire the user to be creative. 


Proper care for a child—including all components of nurturing care—plays an integral role in shaping children’s health, nutrition, and development.