Mothers holding their babies together
Mothers Give Birth Safely Amid South Sudan's Conflict, Photo Credit: Catharine McKaig, Jhpiego

USAID Advancing Nutrition provides technical assistance to USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) in their emergency and development programs, and to Resilience and Food Security Activities (RFSA) implementing partners. This support ranges from designing and carrying out formative and implementation research, training partners on multi-sectoral approaches to address acute and chronic malnutrition, documenting successful programmatic approaches, to tool development for program implementation.

In the past year, we’ve worked across four countries, including:

  • Madagascar and Mali, where USAID Advancing Nutrition is supporting BHA and RFSA implementing partners as they incorporate learning from formative research into their program strategies, and identify areas for continued learning. For example, in Madagascar, USAID Advancing Nutrition is supporting ADRA Madagascar to conduct formative research and pilot the use of locally available foods as a substitute for imported food aid, which targets pregnant and lactating women and children 6-23 months.
  • Kenya, where USAID Advancing Nutrition is supporting the USAID Kenya Mission, BHA and implementing partners to establish systems for applying research on the drivers of persistent acute malnutrition in northern Kenya to scale up evidence-based approaches driven by local stakeholders.
  • In Zimbabwe, we worked with BHA and RFSA implementing partners at the beginning of programming to identify health and nutrition technical areas and appropriate methodologies for their year one research.

Implementing partners can learn more about requesting short term assistance by visiting this page.

USAID Advancing Nutrition is conducting a survey to better understand the range of programs that have adopted this approach to treat moderate acute malnutrition in children under five years of age.
Speakers discussed successes and challenges related to designing nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs during a Society for International Development event.
The presentation focused on sharing a straightforward—and critical—process for prioritizing behaviors for a nutrition program.