Dietary diversity

Events

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Understanding local contexts is critical to designing and implementing effective approaches to improve nutrition through agricultural programs.

Global Health Mini-University

This annual one-day learning forum is celebrating its 14th year!

Uganda

Ag2Nut Community Call for 7/30/2014, featuring Tim Sparkman (Mercy Corps) and Terri Ballard (Women's Dietary Diversity Project). Tim discussed facets of the food trade system in Uganda, and...

Women harvesting gourds

SPRING, TOPS, and USAID hosted the second of a three-part webinar series, Women's Empowerment and Men's Engagement: How a Focus on Gender Can Support Agriculture and Nutrition.

Reports

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The SPRING project in Kyrgyzstan conducted this study in 2014 to gain a better understanding of the dietary practices of families with children under age two and what factors affect family...

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SPRING conducted formative research in August 2014 to explore factors that affect household-level food purchase and production decisions in the Feed the Future zone of influence (ZOI) of...

Women eating in the shade

This chapter of "Evidence of Effective Approaches to Social and Behavior Change Communication for Preventing and Reducing Stunting and Anemia" focuses on the effectiveness of Social and...

Breastfeeding

This chapter of "Evidence of Effective Approaches to Social and Behavior Change Communication for Preventing and Reducing Stunting and Anemia" reviews the effectiveness of social and...

Feeding a young child

This chapter of "Evidence of Effective Approaches to Social and Behavior Change Communication for Preventing and Reducing Stunting and Anemia" focuses on the effectiveness of Social and...

Series

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This review, part of a broader effort by SPRING to support governments and other stakeholders in their delivery of high impact nutrition practices, provides a summary of peer-reviewed...

Activities

News

Manisha Tharaney presenting SPRING's research on maternal and child anemia in Uganda

On Friday, October 18, 2013, the USAID-led Multisectoral Anemia Task Force Secretariat hosted a Multisectoral Anemia Partners Meeting at FHI360 in Washington, DC.

Videos

men with produce

This video is about importance of eating a diverse diet. Usually people in rural areas, due to lack of resources and knowledge, end up eating foods from one or two food groups.

Posters

Factors Influencing Home Garden Choices Related to Dietary Diversity in Bangladesh

The findings of this study suggest that women in Bangladesh value food production skills training as the single most important motivating factor for homestead production.

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