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

USAID Advancing Nutrition is working to sustain improved diets and support the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security goals of reducing 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 diets, we partner with governments, communities, and the private sector to improve the supply of and demand for diverse, safe, and nutritious foods among individuals and communities. 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.

Our work

  • Aligns stakeholders' visions around food systems
  • Measures components of the food environment toward understanding their ability to support improved diets
  • Strengthens governments’ capacity for effective programming 
  • Engages the private sector and policy makers to strengthen food systems for nutrition
  • Translates evidence into recommended actions.

Activities

Browse a selection of 12 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.

Three mothers holding their small children, while they are smiling outside

Establishing a Women’s Diets Learning Agenda

The project aims to generate global learning, evidence, and innovative practices on how to improve women’s diets.

Man has been paid cash for his cows at a market and showing off those earnings

Understanding and Identifying Innovative Mechanisms to Finance Food Systems and Improve Diets

Verifying the Nutritious Food Financing Facility presents a viable mechanism for agri-food enterprises in LMICs to increase their access to financing and nutritious foods.

A short guidance document to begin to inform the design and implementation of food processing activities for improved diets and nutrition.
USAID Advancing Nutrition supported the Ugandan government to train local experts on food fortification standards.
USAID Advancing Nutrition launched activities in Assam State, India, with a focus on nutrition-sensitive agriculture.