SPRING Around the Web

SPRING shares knowledge and experience to spread innovation and support the scale up of high-impact nutrition practices and policies. We do this through our publications, events, and multi-media but also through blogs shared with the international development community. Below are links to SPRING's diverse blog posts across the web, searchable by technical area and country.

Linking Agriculture and Nutrition: SPRING’s November 2016 Summary of New Research and Tools

Agrilinks Blog - November 22, 2016

SPRING’s Agriculture and Nutrition Resource Review keeps readers abreast of the many developments in a fast-moving field to help them integrate current evidence into their programs. Our November 2016 edition included information about adapting agriculture platforms for nutrition, global strategies to reduce hunger, and reflections on the future of food security. This blog post introduces new readers to the publication.

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Five Ways Agriculture Can Improve Nutrition

Agrilinks Blog - December 15, 2016
5 ways to improve nutrition through agriculture

Agriculture plays a critical role in providing nutritious food and in addressing the underlying causes of malnutrition. Feed the Future’s investments in SPRING have revealed several opportunities for agriculture to contribute to improved nutrition, especially for those most at risk. This blog and infographic outline five actions that can be taken now.

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Linking Agriculture and Nutrition: SPRING’s December Summary of New Research and Tools

Agrilinks Blog - December 29, 2016

SPRING’s Agriculture and Nutrition Resource Review keeps readers abreast of the many developments in a fast-moving field to help them integrate current evidence into their programs. The December 2016 edition included information about innovations in behavior change, crop choices, and investments in nutrition interventions. This blog post introduces new readers to the publication.

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Climate Smart Agriculture is Nutrition Smart: 5 Links Between Climate Change and Nutrition

The Pump - October 13, 2016

Climate change affects nutrition because it impacts the availability and access to nutritious food, dietary diversity, income, and so much more. In efforts to make agriculture climate smart, don’t miss opportunities to also make it nutrition-smart.

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Child Nutrition beyond the 1,000-Day Window of Opportunity

The Pump - November 18, 2016
A woman prepares food as two children look on

Though SPRING’s efforts have largely focused on the first 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday, our experience makes it clear that efforts must expand to include women—especially adolescent girls—before they become pregnant.

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Looking Back on Our First 1,000 Days

The Pump - August 03, 2016
Kristina holds her young son. Both are wrapped up in winter clothing and standing outside.

Part two of a two part journey with SPRING’s Kristina Granger. On her son’s second birthday, she looks back on their first 1,000 days and her experience with breastfeeding, pumping, and complementary feeding. As a social behavior change communications practitioner, her personal experience gave Kristina even more respect for the mothers and communities SPRING works with as they overcome barriers to make breastfeeding a reality for their children.

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The 1,000-Day Journey: A First-Time Mom’s Perspective on Breastfeeding Promotion and Behavior Change

The Pump - August 02, 2016
Kristina holds and kisses the head of her premature infant, who has an oxygen tube in his nose.

Part one of a two-part journey with new mom, SPRING’s Kristina Granger, as she explores her experiences with breastfeeding in relation to her work in social and behavior change communications for maternal and infant nutrition.

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Rani’s School of Nutrition

EXPOSURE USAID Publications - July 29, 2016
A woman and child use a tippy tap

This photo blog follows Rani, a health worker in Bangladesh whose training from a SPRING farmer nutrition school has given her the knowledge to advise her neighbors, especially pregnant women and mothers, on how to improve nutrition intake. Rani also shows people in the village how to use tippy taps to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

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Breastfeeding for a Brighter Future: How One of Our First Acts of Sharing Builds Healthier Babies, Stronger Families and Sustainable Communities

Lives in Focus - March 30, 2016
Overhead view of a woman lying down and breastfeeding her infant

SPRING celebrates World Breastfeeding Week with mothers around the world by taking a look at the important role of breastfeeding in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Making it to 5: A Nutritionist's Perspective on a Significant Milestone

The Pump - March 30, 2016
Carrie Malgarejo's son. He is posing in the woods holding a soccer ball.

SPRING’s Carrie Malgarejo reflects on her son’s fifth birthday and how her career as a nutritionist on global health projects underscores just how much it takes for a child to reach the 5-year milestone birthday.

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The Making of Nutrition Stars

EXPOSURE by USAID Publications - March 07, 2016
A long distance shot of a rice field. We can see three people tending the field.

This photo blog follows Basanti Majhi, a farmer, a wife, and a mother living near India’s eastern coast, where she spends her days working in the fields and caring for her family. After adopting improved nutrition and hygiene practices that she learned from watching a SPRING community video, Basanti was featured in a video about breastfeeding and is now a nutrition star in her community.

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Women's Progress toward Parity, through Better Nutrition

The Pump - March 07, 2016
A woman, sitting in front of a straw wall, breastfeeds her infant

On International Women’s Day 2016, SPRING pledges for parity, especially in the area of nutrition. SPRING’s work unites health, agriculture, and economic development to empower women and make real progress towards ending malnutrition.

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Building a Global Conversation to Address Multi-Sectoral Approaches to Anemia Reduction

Sight and Life - February 14, 2016
Four young people smile at the camera

SPRING partnered with the UNSCN and WHO to create a moderated anemia community of practice that provides a space for conversation and builds consensus for anemia reduction at global, regional, and national levels; and encourages commitment to reaching the Global Nutrition 2025 targets.

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Process Learning: Field Testing a Social and Behaviour Change Guide for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture

Field Exchange - January 29, 2016
Front page of document. Contains Field Exchange title and picture of three children's faces with a background of trees.

A field test of a behavior change guide for nutrition-sensitive agriculture helped identify areas that could be improved, and promoted discussion and a better understanding of terms and approaches among development experts in different sectors who are faced with the challenges inherent to integrated programming.

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Reflections on 30 Years of Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture

Field Exchange - January 30, 2016
Front page of document. Contains Field Exchange title and picture of three children's faces with a background of trees.

Heather Danton, lead of SPRING’s Agriculture to Nutrition team, reflects on her 30 years of experience in nutrition-sensitive agriculture. She discusses how solving complex problems on nutrition and agriculture can also save lives.

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Positioning and Re-positioning for Success in Breastfeeding

The Pump - January 26, 2016
Close-up shot of a woman breastfeeding her infant.

SPRING Project Director Carolyn Hart reflects on the success of the age-old best practice of breastfeeding and expresses her excitement for the January 2016 launch of the Lancet series on the topic.

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Coffee, Green Beans and Handicrafts: How Nutrition-Sensitive Value-Chains can Improve Health in Guatemala

Agrilinks Blog - January 19, 2016
A woman sits next to her stall at a market

How does bulk drying coffee beans relate to better nutrition? SPRING conducted qualitative research with USAID/Guatemala to learn how this and other agricultural market development activities could increase the nutrition-sensitivity of specific commodity value chains.

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Improving Nutrition, One Latrine at a Time: WASH 1,000 Strategy in Ghana Takes Hold

WASHPlus Blog - November 16, 2015
A man stands outside his latrine

SPRING’s WASH 1,000 strategy is a multifaceted approach that stresses the importance of key household behaviors during the first 1,000 days, from a mother’s pregnancy to the child’s second birthday. Working with country partners to facilitate discussions about the importance of good hygiene encouraged communities in the northern and upper eastern regions of Ghana to take on the challenge of building latrines and improving sanitation in their communities.

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Scaling Up Nutrition

SpringBoard Discussion - December 15, 2015
A group of roughly 10 women sit around two trays of vegetables.

GAIN, USAID, and SPRING facilitated an online discussion on shaping the future of nutrition social and behavior change communication at scale. SPRING’s Ashley Aakesson speaks about the multiple models of scaling, discussing trade-offs, costs, and the decision to use a certain social and behavior change communication intervention.

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Tracking Nutrition Funding Isn't Easy, but the Payoff Could be Better Outcomes

Secure Nutrition Platform - June 15, 2015
Graphic representation of a spreadsheet and a graph

Like any national challenge, sufficient, sustained funding is needed to address undernutrition. This blog looks at how SPRING is tracking nutrition-specific and -sensitive activities over three fiscal years in Uganda and Nepal to explore if and how policies translate into changes in nutrition funding commitments in each country.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Nutrition Leaders in Uganda

USAID Impact Blog - November 26, 2014
A room full of men and women sit in a semi-circle and listed to a woman at the front of the room speak.

Trained nutritionists with strong technical and leadership skills that can improve nutrition behaviors in Uganda are scarce. SPRING takes a Thanksgiving look at how Nutrition Trainee interns in Uganda use social and behavior change communications to inspire good nutrition in their communities.

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Addressing the What, the Who and the Why Behind Recent Reductions in Anemia in Uganda—A Multisectoral Effort to Find Out

The Pump - April 23, 2014
Three water droplets

In the 10 years prior to 2011, anemia rates decreased by surprising numbers for women and children in Uganda, but sustaining the momentum requires understanding the reasons why anemia rates decreased. In 2012, SPRING worked with the Government of Uganda to review demographic health survey analyses, revealing multiple factors for the impressive decline. SPRING discusses the outcomes and the steps forward.

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The Power of HCES to Inform Evidence-Based Nutrition Interventions and Policies

USAID Impact Blog - March 05, 2014
Two women sit in chairs outside. One writes on a notepad as the other speaks.

Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys—a collective term for multi-purpose household surveys—are an inexpensive and more readily available alternative for tracking food consumption patterns than individual dietary surveys such as 24‐hour recall and observed-weighed food records. SPRING discusses the method, benefits, and opportunities.

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A Global Celebration of Child Nutrition in Nigeria

The Pump - August 05, 2013
A woman peruses a table filled with handouts and flyers on infant and young child feeding.

SPRING participated in World Breastfeeding Week 2013 by providing technical support to the Government of Nigeria as they launch a National Infant and Young Child Feeding campaign to improve community health worker training.

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SPRING to Better Nutrition across the Globe

USAID Impact Blog - June 14, 2013
World map with SPRING countries highlighted

SPRING reviews several ongoing activities to help program planners and policy makers better conceptualize what the correlation between maternal undernutrition, as well as in-utero infant and young child undernutrition, is with the risk of developing nutrition related non-communicable diseases later in life.

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Moving from Agriculture and Nutrition to Farming and Food

Feed the Future Blog - June 17, 2013
Long table laden with vegetables at a market

With training and support from Feed the Future through USAID, Sambo, a farmer in Senegal, has leveraged his farm production to improve nutrition in his household. But linking agriculture to nutrition outcomes is not an easy feat. SPRING partnered with USAID to host a series of Agriculture and Nutrition Global Learning and Evidence Exchanges that provide a forum for USAID Mission staff, implementing partners, and host country governments to strengthen the ways they work across organizations and in the field to maximize the impact of Feed the Future investments.

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Inspired by World Food Day with a Success Story from Bhola, Bangladesh

The Pump - October 15, 2013
Woman cradling baby

World Food Day is a reminder that we need to continue developing new strategies to ensure sustainable food systems. SPRING’s farmer field schools in Bangladesh are one example. For stay-at-home-mother, Rajopa, joining a farmer field schools gave her training on nutrition and hygiene and helped increase her access to a diverse selection of nutrient-rich vegetables, fish, and poultry to help feed her four young children.

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New Application of Demographic and Health Survey in Nutrition Modeling

The Pump - October 11, 2013
a child looks at camera, sitting with her grandmother.

SPRING conducted a modeling exercise to investigate the linkages between nutrition and non-communicable disease, relying on demographic heath survey data to first link family planning use and inter-pregnancy intervals, and then linking inter-pregnancy intervals with reported birth weight. Success of the exercise encourages the adaptation of analytical methods to create new ways to use existing data.

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JSI @APHA 2013: Local Research, Global Impact

The Pump - November 05, 2013
Men, women and children sit on the floor in a colorful room.

SPRING looked at the performance of iron folic acid supplementation systems through antenatal care in twenty-two countries using demographic health survey data. Country-level analysis provides the detail and context that local program implementers and policymakers need, while the global comparisons of data allow for better understanding of how iron folic acid supplementation programs are being implemented across these different contexts.

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Webinar to Highlight How Extension, Technology, and Behavior Change Combine to Improve Agriculture and Nutrition

USAID Impact - December 17, 2013
Two people film two women cooking.

SPRING partnered with Digital Green  to test the feasibility of adapting a video-based approach to promote high-impact maternal, infant, and young child nutrition maternal, infant, and young child nutrition and hygiene practices. A webinar on December 17, 2013 examined this methodology.

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