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.


Browse a selection of 5 activities from this Focus Area technical team.

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.

Take our survey to help us map cash and voucher assistance (CVA) or in-kind specialized food assistance programs in humanitarian contexts.
Humanitarian responses help us cope with crises, including those caused by climate change, which has a direct impact on people's livelihoods and rates of acute malnutrition.
USAID Advancing Nutrition is conducting a survey to better understand the range of programs that have adopted this approach to treat moderate acute malnutrition in children under five years of age.