Photo of a woman selling vegetables at a market
Photo Credit: Fintrac Inc./USAID

USAID Advancing Nutrition is working to sustain improved diet quality and reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Diet quality is a key contributor to nutrition and health outcomes throughout the world, with suboptimal diets responsible for more than 10 million deaths per year. To improve diet quality, we partner with governments, communities, and the private sector to improve the supply of and demand for safe and nutritious foods. We also work with researchers and implementers to build evidence on how food systems can contribute to improved diets and nutrition, particularly for vulnerable populations.

Recognizing that most people around the world purchase the food they eat, our goal is to help individuals and communities consume diverse diets with safe and more nutritious foods.

Our work:

  • Measures components of the food environment for diet quality
  • Engages the private sector and policy makers to strengthen food systems for nutrition
  • Strengthens governments’ capacity for effective programming 
  • Aligns stakeholders’ visions around food systems
  • Translates evidence into recommended actions


Browse a selection of 6 activities from this Focus Area technical team.

Couple bargaining with a Fish Seller

Understanding Key Dimensions of Food Environments

Enhancing our ability to monitor and evaluate market food environments in low-and-middle income countries to improve diets.

A group of children sit near piles of stacked wooden boards. They are all holding and eating mangos

Responding to Social Norms that Influence Food Choices

Nutrition programs should focus on addressing social norms due to the influence they can have on people’s diets.

Women processing green beans

Food Processing for Improved Diet Quality

Harnessing the power of food processing to increase the availability of safe, nutritious foods throughout the year

On October 16th, global leaders and organizations around the world united to promote awareness and action to end hunger and ensure healthy diets for all.
During the U.N. General Assembly High-level week, people from all over the world convene for the first ever U.N. Food Systems Summit.
USAID Advancing Nutrition participated in ANH Academy Week Learning Labs on collecting dietary data and behavior change for complementary feeding.