Photo of a boy holding a large bowl in a forest
Photo Credit: WEI/Robin Hammond 2011

Countries around the world are increasingly experiencing emergencies due to natural disasters, conflict, displacement and migration. USAID Advancing Nutrition leverages multiple sectors to improve nutrition, food security, and resilience in response to the increasing complexity of these fragile contexts. Working across humanitarian and development programs, we support USAID, their implementing partners, and local public and private sector actors to assist the most vulnerable communities cope, develop, and build their own resilience. We also help USAID and its partners apply assistance strategically, enabling them to make evidence-based decisions on the right mix of interventions.

Our work:

  • Provides analytical and evidence-based insights to the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and Missions across the emergency-development continuum
  • Supports acute malnutrition treatment and prevention programming
  • Advances social and behavior change in fragile contexts
  • Supports agriculture and livelihoods resilience and recovery


Woman holding her child outside

Strengthening Coordination and Collaboration Among Nutrition Actors in DRC

USAID Advancing Nutrition supports coordination and collaboration to strengthen a continuum of care for wasting management that includes both prevention and treatment.

Woman with her child in Senegal

Strengthening Programming with Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements

Partner survey and interviews yielded recommendations for program design and capacity strengthening support.

Potatoes and Tomatoes at the local market

USAID’s Modality Decision Tool Nutrition Supplement

Providing an additional tool for implementing partner decision-making in selecting resource transfer modalities to enhance nutrition outcomes through the Supplemental Nutrition emergency sub-sector.

Mothers holding their babies together

Technical Assistance to BHA and RFSA Implementing Partners

Providing technical support to improve programmatic outcomes

woman watering the garden

Agriculture in Emergencies - What Factors Influence Nutrition Outcomes?

Informing the future design of agriculture activities to improve nutrition outcomes in emergency programs through research.

USAID Advancing Nutrition participated in ANH Academy Week Learning Labs on collecting dietary data and behavior change for complementary feeding.
The project’s recommendations for the use of nutrition-related service delivery packages are featured in a technical publication from the Emergency Nutrition Network
Supporting mothers, families, and communities to breastfeed for a healthier planet.