Agriculture and Nutrition Context Assessment Tool Locator

This interactive tool aims to support the process of choosing the most appropriate tool for a given context and design purpose. To start, we strongly recommend you read this guide to using context assessment for the design of agriculture and nutrition programs for detailed information about why and how to use this tool.

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Steps for using the interactive Agriculture and Nutrition Context Assessment Tool Locator:

  1. Click on the component of interest from the "Conceptual Pathways between Agriculture and Nutrition" diagram.
  2. Review the list of guidance questions associated with the selected component.
  3. Click on the question most relevant to your assessment objectives.
  4. Review the list of all tools associated with the selected guidance question—you can click back to the list of guidance questions.
  5. Click on the names of the tools that seem appropriate based on your objectives and resource constraints. Each link will open up a page in a new browser tab. Each page features a summary of the tool, links to PDF downloads of the summary and the full set of tool summaries, and a link out to the tool itself.

Note: If users wish to skip the suggested steps, a key word search function is also available below the diagram, although it provides less guidance. For example, you can type words like "emergency," "quantitative," or "income" into the search box, and you will be taken to a list of tools mentioning that term.

Conceptual Pathways between Agriculture and Nutrition

Click on an outlined box for a list of associated guidance questions   that link to tools to help carry out context assessments. Some components were outside the scope of this activity and are therefore not clickable.
Any assessment requires multiple aspects of inquiry, so SPRING developed specific guidance questions. These questions should help support the conceptualization and planning of a context assessment exercise and analysis or help check the range of assumptions that should be considered in agriculture-nutrition project design.
FoodProduction FoodPrices ChildNutritionOutcomes Mother'sNutritionOutcomes Female EnergyExpenditure HealthStatus Diet HealthCare Caring Capacity& Practices Women'sEmpowerment Non-foodExpenditure Processing& Storage FoodExpenditure AgriculturalIncome FoodAccess National Economic Growth National Nutrition Profile Household Assets & Livelihoods Agricultural Livelihoods Key components of the enabling environment - Food market environment - Natural resources - Health, water, and sanitation - Nutrition/health knowledge and norms Value Chains & Market Systems**

**As the starting points on the pathways diagram above (Food Production, Income, Women's Empowerment) often reflect outcomes of agricultural value chains, we have added a search category for value chains and market systems.

Adapted for Feed the Future by Anna Herforth, Jody Harris, and SPRING, from Gillespie, Harris, and Kadiyala (2012) and Kadiyala et al. (2014). Learn more about the pathways.

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*SPRING is taking comments and suggestions on this tool until March 31, 2015. If you have a comment, or if you cannot find a tool and would like to recommend it be added, please use the recommendation form.