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USAID Advancing Nutrition and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are hosting a community of practice on engaging family members in nutrition.


Maternal, infant, and young child nutrition programmers recognize fathers, grandmothers, and other family members as influential actors surrounding household purchasing, food allocation, decision-making and roles related to dietary practices. However, interventions often focus on mothers, and put less emphasis on the critical role that family systems and family members have in nutritional outcomes. The evidence suggests the importance of both engaging family members while also empowering and supporting mothers. There is a growing body of experience and resources in engaging family members to share, including findings on the effectiveness of nutrition programs that engage family members other than the mother published in Current Developments in Nutrition and a scoping review of interventions published in Maternal & Child Nutrition. Grounded in this research, we developed program guidance for nutrition practitioners.


The FINE Community of Practice (CoP) facilitates dialogue, learning, and resource-sharing among those who support or have interest in engaging family members in nutrition programs, building on a recorded webinar and survey of practitioners (publication forthcoming). Through regular exchange and discussion, the CoP allows members to identify the complexities of engaging family members in nutrition and noting important considerations for design, implementing, monitoring and scale up of programming.  The CoP meets bi-monthly to exchange evidence and engagement approaches to contribute to this critical shift in nutrition program emphasis.

The FINE CoP centers around the following objectives:

  • Exchange resources and experience that inform approaches to engaging family members
  • Build connections with others who are involved in family-engaged nutrition activities in various countries and contexts to promote learning
  • Discuss and apply key considerations for design, implementing, monitoring, and scaling up approaches to engage family members

How to get involved:

USAID Advancing Nutrition and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invite practitioners, implementers, researchers, and others interested in family-engaged nutrition activities to join our CoP.

We host multiple meetings throughout the year. Register for our CoP to be part of these sessions and to join our listserv for sharing and receiving resources, news, and announcements. Read the group's code of conduct.

Register for the FINE CoP

View the list of CoP steering committee members.

Upcoming Events

  • Upcoming Events will be posted here

Meeting Resources:

Access the recordings, presentations, and resources from past meetings.

Other Resources:


Browse a selection of 6 activities from this Focus Area technical team.

A group of children sit near piles of stacked wooden boards. They are all holding and eating mangos

Responding to Social Norms that Influence Food Choices

Nutrition programs should focus on addressing social norms due to the influence they can have on people’s diets.

A graphic showing the different steps for quality SBC as individually labeled arrows around the words "Steps for Quality SBC"

New Tools for High-Quality Nutrition Social and Behavior Change Programming

Nutrition social and behavior change can be challenging, but the right tools can help programmers design, implement, monitor, and evaluate high quality social and behavior change programs.

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.

The presentation focused on sharing a straightforward—and critical—process for prioritizing behaviors for a nutrition program.
In the Kyrgyz Republic, USAID Advancing Nutrition conducted an art contest to help promote breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week 2021.
USAID Advancing Nutrition produced a short film about former medical worker Zhumakan Kaldarova, who joined USAID Advancing Nutrition as an activist.