Dietary diversity

Posters

Barriers and Enablers to the Consumption of Pumpkin and Fish in Tonkolili, Sierra Leone

SPRING/Sierra Leone conducted four barrier analysis surveys in 15 communities, across three chiefdoms in Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone, to identify “behavioral determinants” that affect...

Opportunities for Nutrition-Sensitive Value Chains in Tonkolili, Sierra Leone

This poster was part of a poster session that offered participants the opportunity to spend more time understanding the methodologies and outcomes of three assessments conducted in...

Galleries

Sports competition winners

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic and the Jalal Abad Mayor's Office held a 5K run promoting exercise, nutrition, and healthy children.

One NRVCC studied in Bangladesh was the orange-flesh sweet potato, which were introduced as a nutritious food source by a Feed the Future project.

SPRING’s extensive fieldwork studied nutrient-rich value chain commodities (NRVCC) that direct beneficiaries produce and set aside for home consumption.

Vegetable seller with her wares

In response to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, SPRING accompanied LEO to provide a nutrition lens for its value chain assessment fieldwork.

Young girls at market

In response to the Guinea Ebola outbreak, SPRING conducted a nutrition assessment to provide insights into nutrition status.

News

Runners at the starting line

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic and the Jalal Abad Mayor's Office held a 5K run promoting exercise, nutrition, and healthy children.

Seasonal calendar exercise during the nutrition-sensitive agriculture training

Faculty and students of Guinea’s agricultural university, along with NGO partners, participated in a SPRING training on nutrition-sensitive agriculture concepts.

Young girls at market

In post-Ebola Guinea, SPRING conducted a nutrition assessment to provide insights into nutrition status and inform a new workplan.

Market vegetable seller with her wares

In response to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, SPRING accompanied LEO to provide a nutrition lens for its value chain assessment fieldwork.

Success Stories

Union Facilitator Oloka Biswas speaks to a farmer nutrition school graduate and her family members.

Not many people can say they have a “Nutrition Sister” and a “Nutrition Brother.” In Bangladesh, participants in the farmer nutrition schools (FNS) implemented by SPRING, came to look...

Community activist Nazira Subankulova with the fresh produce she sells. After SPRING’s nutrition trainings, it is now in high demand.

As a volunteer, Nazira spends several hours a week visiting neighbors and hosting meetings to talk about nutrition based on what she learned from SPRING.

During her pregnancy, Denise’s sister-in-law benefitted from healthy produce grown in the household garden.

Denise Dougnon, 38, lives in Ama Iré village in the Mopti Region of Mali with her husband, two children, two sisters-in-law, and a brother-in-law. A graduate of the local (FNS) administered...

Farmer nutrition school participants practice throwing a net into the fish pond in Babuganj. The fish they catch will provide critical nutrients to their families. Photo: SPRING/Bangladesh

Fish are a major component of the Bangladeshi diet, providing excellent nutritional benefits, especially for pregnant and lactating women and young children.

Job Aids and Tools

Cookbook cover page

This Kyrgyz-language cookbook published by SPRING, with support from Ergene, was desgined to encourage nutritious eating habits for families, especially those with children under two years...

An image of the food pyramid

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic has designed a leaflet on positive nutrition. It includes information on the food pyramid and portion size.

Videos

Diversification Alimentaire chez L'enfant à Partir de 6 Mois

Kiri, a community health worker, visits a family in his community. He is offered food, and asks why there is meat in the food for adults, but no meat in the food for the family's small...

Man standing while woman sits and cooks

While a woman is separating some food from the family meal for her young child, the community health worker (CHW) stops by.

Activities

Harvesting cowpeas

SPRING/Guinea tested an approach to grow cowpeas during the off-season to see if they could achieve sufficient yields to serve as a source of protein.

 Adolescent girls aged 12-17 review illustrations conveying information on dietary diversity during concept testing for nutrition and hygiene activities included in a training package geared towards OVCs.

SPRING partners with civil society volunteers to test key nutrition counseling concepts among orphans and other vulnerable children.

A community activist meets with a group of people

SPRING is working at the community level to encourage social and behavior change around nutrition and hygiene, targeting 1,000 day households through various communication channels.

Woman standing at a vegetable stall at market

SPRING works to identify, and promote the adoption of, proven technologies for increased preservation and storage of foods rich in iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc.

One NRVCC studied in Bangladesh was the orange-flesh sweet potato, which were introduced as a nutritious food source by a Feed the Future project.

SPRING’s extensive fieldwork studied nutrient-rich value chain commodities (NRVCC) that direct beneficiaries produce and set aside for home consumption.

Events

Women's Empowerment Mitigates the Negative Effects of Low Production Diversity on Maternal and Child Nutrition in Nepal

In the December 2015 Ag2Nut call, the Community of Practice presented a synthesis of a set of eight new studies that empirically test, using data from Africa and South Asia, whether a...

Reports

Woman stands in front of produce stand

As part of USAID’s Ebola recovery efforts, USAID/Guinea and USAID/Washington’s Bureau for Food Security (BFS) requested that the SPRING conduct a nutrition assessment to identify key...

Pages

Resource Review Summaries

Postharvest loss exacerbates the food insecurity and welfare loss of farming households in developing countries. This paper analyzes the impact of improved storage technologies on food and...

The ambitions contained in the Malabo Declaration, the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and global development goals recognize the size and complexity of the nutrition challenges ahead. The...

How are agriculture biodiversity, diet quality, and anthropometric outcomes linked in low- and middle-income countries? This comprehensive review of 5 databases using qualitative analysis...

This guide reports on the learning that has emerged from the Transform Nutrition consortium's research examining the potential of the social protection and agriculture sectors in Bangladesh...

This technical brief provides an overview of community SBCC and triggering on positive nutrition and hygiene behaviours. It summarises some key insights and findings from Sustainable...

This seven-minute video shows Zambia's double malnutrition burden: stunting and overweight. A major cause is the limited diversity of Zambia’s food production and consumption: 94 percent of...

In their latest report, Action Against Hunger promotes agroecology in food security and nutrition, rural and agriculture development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation to ensure...

The agriculture sector has a significant role to play in improving the nutritional status of women and children. Strengthening the link between agriculture and nutrition is critical to...

Most existing studies linking dietary diversity with farm production diversity build on household-level indicators calculated from seven day food consumption recalls. This study revisits...

On January 30, 2016, Peru’s Ministry of Health came together with the Ministry of Education for an event on anemia prevention. The event targeted mothers who coordinate communal kitchens in...

This study assessed the diets and iron status of pre-school aged children in rural Ethiopia. The authors found that dietary diversity was quite low and that the children consumed primarily...

Keywords: Anemia, Dietary diversity
Location: Ethiopia

Despite strides made to reduce global hunger, vulnerable people on a global scale are still hungry. The availability of cheap cereal foods has coincided with a reduction in dietary...

The Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women (MDD-W) indicator acts as a tool for assessment, target-setting, and advocacy. MDD-W is a dichotomous indicator of whether or not women 15-49 years...

Monotonous diets fail to provide sufficient micronutrients. Consequently, dietary diversity is crucial for vulnerable groups, in particular women of reproductive age. This report reviews...

Some 2 billion people suffer from hidden hunger caused by infections and diets lacking in essential micronutrients, such as, vitamin A, iron, and zinc. This two page brief explores how...

This blog introduces the special issue of the Journal of Development Studies) on “Farm-Level Pathways to Improved Nutritional Status,” which features 8 studies exploring the linkage between...

The July 2014 Ag2Nut Community of Practice monthly call featured two presentations; one on the Ugandan Food Trade System and the other on a New Dietary Diversity Score. Terri Ballard, a...

Keywords: Dietary diversity
Location: Uganda

Do vegetable gardens have an impact on the health and well-being of People Living with HIV (PLHIV)? Between 2008 and 2011, a project in Zimbabwe led by Action Contre la Faim supported...

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Dietary diversity
Location: Zimbabwe

According to a UN special rapporteur, a loss of agrobiodiversity, accelerated soil erosion, and pollution of fresh water from the overuse of chemical fertilizers resulting from the green...

Drawing on household survey data from Nepal, this paper investigates the impact of women’s empowerment in agriculture and production diversity on dietary diversity and anthropometric...

There remains insufficient evidence to support well-defined, scalable agricultural biodiversity interventions that can be linked to improvements in nutrition outcomes. The book provides a...

Children living in areas of Africa with heavy tree cover tend to have more nutritious diets. Can boosting production of such energy-rich crops as rice, maize and wheat - at the expense of...

Keywords: Dietary diversity
Location: Africa