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.


Browse a selection of 11 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.

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.

Man processing wheat in Uganda

Harnessing Dietary Data to Strengthen Large-Scale Food Fortification Programming around the World

Clear and practical assessment methods and reliable data for decision-making will inform and guide large-scale food fortification programming, particularly by USAID Missions and partners.

The Ministry of Health, on behalf of the Government of Uganda, introduced USAID Advancing Nutrition to diverse stakeholders at a food fortification meeting in Kampala.
The COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to pose critical questions about the priorities of our global food system that will shape nutrition for years to come.
As diets shift to adapt to a changing world, the Diet Quality Questionnaire helps us understand and respond to the nuances of people’s diets in different countries and regions.