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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.


Browse a selection of 12 activities from this Focus Area technical team.

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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.

USAID Advancing Nutrition and the Ugandan Ministry of Health convened a National Working Group on Food Fortification annual review, learning, and planning event to institutionalize food fortification…
Project staff from around the world attended ICN to disseminate findings from the last five years of research and implementation.
USAID Advancing Nutrition supported the development of the data collection tools that informed the Global Diet Quality Project’s first global report on findings from more than 40 countries.
The ToT will provide an orientation to the Design Guide materials, an overview of best practices in peer-led facilitation, and the opportunity to practice facilitating workshop sessions.