Multi-sector

Job Aids and Tools

Figure 1. The SPRING Framework for Applying Systems Thinking to Nutrition

In 2015, SPRING developed a simple framework for applying systems thinking to nutrition-related actions (figure 1), built off the work in USAID’s paper on local systems (2014b), the United...

Reports

Figure 3: Nutrition, Growth, and Development in the Community. "The illustration in figure 3 depicts an ideal community that has all of the ingredients for good nutrition, growth, and development."

The SPRING project is committed to creating an environment where nutrition, growth, and development is possible. We believe that program designers, planners, and implementers must work...

Photo of about 50-60 women and men standing, facing the camers, on a wide stairway. Caption: "Sierra Leone National Strategy to Prevent and Control Anemia Validation Meeting"

This report identifies challenges and successes of establishing a multi-sectoral anemia platform in Sierra Leone, explores key factors that led to the outcomes, and identifies potential...

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Sierra Leone

News

Photo of a family smiling at the camera.

SPRING findings helped catalyze efforts of the National Anaemia Working group.

Keywords: Multi-sector, Anemia
Location: Sierra Leone
Photo of a group of people sitting at a panel: Participants attend a two day training on the linkages between agriculture and nutrition.

On April 5-6, SPRING conducted a workshop with the Kyrgyz National Agrarian University on understanding the linkages between agriculture and nutrition in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Close up image of adolescent boys and girls smiling at the camera.

The SPRING project worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop this guideline to help countries adopt and adapt evidence-informed interventions and improve adolescent...

Around 30 meeting participants stand on a set of stairs and smile at the camera.

With Sierra Leonean leaders, SPRING participated in the strategy validation meeting to obtain feedback from stakeholders and validate the prioritized actions.

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Sierra Leone
Front page of Lesotho profile

SPRING released five new National Anemia Profiles and updated profiles for Ethiopia, Ghana, and Peru.

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Ghana
Sarah Ngalombi from the Uganda Ministry of Health speaks at a National Anemia Working Group meeting

SPRING interviewed public and private sector leaders about creating multi-sectoral anemia prevention and control strategies.

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Uganda
Picking up materials from the SPRING booth

SPRING’s presentation highlighted the role of Village Health Teams in closing the gap between health facilities and caregivers.

SPRING, GHS training of District Health Staff on anemia curriculum in Tamale. Taken during a session on iron-, vitamin A- and vitamin C-rich food.

SPRING/Ghana is supporting the Ghana Health Service in building the capacity of its health workers and community health volunteers of the Northern Region to tackle the major public health...

Talian Grain Millers' Production Manager holds up a scoop of fortified maize flour

SPRING/Uganda trained maize millers to fortify maize flour and adopt good manufacturing practices.

Images of district officials using DATA

In workshops, district officials used SPRING's District Assessment Tool for Anemia to learn about the multi-sectoral nature of anemia in their districts and to prioritize key actionable...

Keywords: Multi-sector, Anemia
Location: Uganda
Nora Madrigal (USAID), Aisha Zhorobekova (USAID), Il Hyong Won (Good Neighbors)

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic hosted an event for health officials in Bishkek to discuss nutrition-sensitive agriculture and launch a new reference book on long-term food storage and preservation.

Galleries

Ziba Dokurugu, SPRING Agriculture Advisor, explaining our aflatoxin management work with Farmer Field Schools to visitors at the agriculture table at the event

SPRING/Ghana held a learning and sharing event to reflect on implementation successes and recommendations.

A participant looks at a copy of the new publication for home based storage and preservation of nutritious foods in the Kyrgyz Republic.

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic hosted an event for health officials in Bishkek to discuss nutrition-sensitive agriculture and launch a new reference book on long-term food storage and preservation.

Events

Event banner featuring a woman with her smiling baby

SPRING hosted a learning event at the National Press Club to share key lessons learned and results achieved with our partners over the past six years, along with a wide range of tools...

Flyer from the conference. Title: IUNS 21st ICN International Congress of Nutrition. Quote: "From Sciences to Nutrition Security" logos from Sociedad Argentina de Nutricion and International Union of Nutritional Sciences. Along the left side is an icon that looks like the Washington Monument.

SPRING is proud to participate in the International Congress of Nutrition taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from the 15th to the 20th October 2017. Below you will find a summary of...

Keywords: Multi-sector
Location: Argentina
Anemia Task Force event flyer with presentations and discussion points listed.

USAID's Bureau for Global Health, SPRING, and MCSP co-chaired the Multi-Sectoral Anemia Task Force meeting in March, 2017.

Videos

Discussing district data at the DATA training of trainers

The video features the implementation of DATA in Nepal and Uganda, focusing on local leaders and stakeholders who participated in DATA district-level workshops and national training of...

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Ghana, Uganda, Nepal

Briefs

A very happy baby in a woman's arms smiles at the camera

This brief describes country-led efforts to coordinate and implement anemia prevention and control, offering lessons learned to help other countries design the best possible solutions.

Photo of a woman and child sorting and drying groundnuts.

SPRING/Ghana takes a multi-sectoral approach, simultaneously addressing both the direct and underlying causes of malnutrition. Aflatoxins are toxic compounds produced by the molds...

Location: Ghana
Photo of a mother smiling as she carries her baby on her back.

Working with the nutrition, WASH, and agriculture sectors in selected communities, we devised a plan to deliver an integrated package of products, services, and information from all three...

Location: Ghana
Two children smile at the camera.

This guide is written for government staff, USAID missions, and implementing partners interested in improving the quality of nutrition-related services delivered at various levels and by a...

Activities

Slide from a meeting of the USAID Multi-Sectoral Anemia Task Force

USAID’s Multi-Sectoral Anemia Task Force was established in 2011 to increase the coverage of anemia prevention and control interventions among pregnant women and children under two, with...

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
A group of people meeting around a table

At the request of the Sierra Leone government, SPRING supported the establishment of a national anemia working group under the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement in 2016 to guide multi-...

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Sierra Leone
A group of people looking at maps laid out on the table

SPRING provides technical support to the Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Health (MoH) to develop national guidelines related to anemia prevention and control, as well as prevention and...

A health worker uses a hemocue on a patient.

SPRING works closely with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to strengthen anemia programming.

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Ghana
A mother feeds her baby

At the request of the Government of Uganda, SPRING supports a country-driven process to address anemia and to strengthen multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder anemia programming.

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Uganda

Pages

Resource Review Summaries

This synthesis document accompanies three case studies carried out by ENN in 2017 in Senegal, Nepal, and Kenya to document nutrition-sensitive and multi-sector program experiences with a...

SNV’s ENUFF project in Lao PDR integrates activities in gender, agriculture, nutrition, and WASH to improve the nutritional status of families in the country's northern region. The project'...

This report discusses the broad scope and range of FANTA’s multisectoral nutrition programming activities in developing countries. The report includes the tools and methods the project...

How can the public and private sector work together to improve nutrition? This Global Panel policy brief provides evidence-based recommendations for food system actors to enhance consumer...

This report assessed the nutrition situation amongst residents of the "estate" or commercial farm sector, identified the main causes of nutritional deficiencies, as well as gaps in the...

Keywords: Agriculture, Multi-sector
Location: Sri Lanka

An enhanced homestead food production (EHFP) program for mothers and children in Nepal resulted in lower rates of anemia at follow-up, compared to those who did not receive the...

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Nepal

The multidisciplinary and multisectoral capacity to tackle hunger and malnutrition problems remains a major stumbling block in setting the nutrition policy agenda, analyzing policy options...

Keywords: Multi-sector

The Compendium of Actions for Nutrition (CAN) was developed in consultation with United Nations partner agencies and is a key contribution towards achieving the objectives of the UN Network...

The Empowering the New Generation to Improve Nutrition and Economic opportunities (ENGINE) project was USAID/Ethiopia’s flagship multisector nutrition project. ENGINE partnered with...

Keywords: Multi-sector
Location: Ethiopia

CORE Group’s Global Health Practitioner Conference brought together health advocates to collaborate, discuss ideas, and build partnerships to improve life-saving programs. This fall’s...

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector

The Micronutrient Forum Global Conference took place in Cancun on October 24 – 28, 2016. The theme of the event was prioritizing women’s nutrition in order to achieve the Sustainable...

The Micronutrient Initiative (MI), in collaboration with the Government of Canada, launched the Right Start program in Senegal, with the goal of reducing anemia in women and adolescent...

Aflatoxins constitute a ‘silent’ threat to food security. A substantial body of knowledge is available on the aflatoxin challenge affecting African farmers, other agri-entrepreneurs, and...

This one-day learning event provided a forum where both nutrition and agriculture specialists could feed into discussions and share their ideas and experiences on nutrition-sensitive...

In partnership with USAID's Bureau for Food Security and Bureau for Global Health, SPRING hosted the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy Global Learning & Evidence Exchange (MSN-GLEE)...

Keywords: Multi-sector, Agriculture
Location: Thailand

The fourth and final MSN-GLEE was held in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2016 and was attended by USAID Mission staff and other U.S. Government staff, host country government partners,...

In response to persistently poor maternal, newborn and child health indicators in low income countries, governments, non-governmental organizations and international donors have intensified...

The 2013 Lancet nutrition series argues that in order to achieve global targets for reducing undernutrition, there needs to be a multi-sectoral approach to include scaled-up, proven...

A reliable estimate of nutrition spending is critical for effective planning to address the interrelated causes of undernutrition. This study builds on the definition of nutrition-sensitive...

This article makes the case for country-owned programs with sound leadership and resource management; even in variable financial, political, and environmental circumstances. Malawi is put...

Keywords: Multi-sector
Location: Malawi

The Sustainable Development Goals agenda makes achieving food security and ending malnutrition a global priority. Within this framework, the importance of fisheries in local and global food...

Given the range of drivers of nutrition—spanning multiple sectors of agriculture, social protection, health, WASH, and education—tackling undernutrition demands a multisectoral response....

This special edition is rich with field experiences and relevant peer-reviewed research that provide insights into the current state of knowledge and action for nutrition-sensitive...

The September 2015 Integrated Nutrition Conference brought together experts from around the world to examine multi-sectoral and integrated efforts to nutrition from programs worldwide. This...

Keywords: Multi-sector

This report reviews 102 health and multi-sectoral programs that integrate family planning with nutrition and food security interventions. Lessons learned and promising program practices for...

This news radio clip and associated article covers the FAO Africa Regional Nutrition Conference in Accra, which includes a speech by Dr. Anna Lartey, Director of the Nutrition Division of...

Keywords: Multi-sector, Malnutrition
Location: Ghana

To improve nutrition through agricultural programs, it is paramount to understand local contexts. This webinar featured SPRING’s context assessment guide, online platform, and interactive...

Keywords: Multi-sector

Nutrition-sensitive program designers and advisors are currently needed to assist with many multisectoral efforts underway. Presenters from FAO, IFAD, IFPRI, and Tufts University shared...

As both global and national development practitioners seek to benefit from multisectoral thinking, one researcher based at Stanford University (California, United States) has done the same...

This article details the differences in product-related research and development among food, agricultural, and pharmaceutical sectors and how this might relate to framing a conversation...

This #AskAg Twitter Chat featured a conversation on linking agriculture and nutrition with USAID, the 1000 Days Initiative, and the SPRING Project. Experts from each organization provided...

This webinar featured the authors of USAID’s Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy outlining key aspects of the strategy, focusing on its practical relevance to agricultural development...

June’s Ag2Nut Community of Practice monthly call featuring a presentation on USAID's 2014-2025 Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy. Mike Manske, Nutrition Advisor in USAID's Nutrition...

USAID’s Nutrition Strategy embodies a multi-sectoral approach to address both direct and underlying causes of malnutrition. With this strategy, USAID aims to decrease chronic malnutrition,...

This paper proposes a typology of interventions and a metric of integration among them to help researchers build on each other's results, facilitating integration in methods to inform the...

This overview from the Maternal and Young Child Nutrition Security Initiative in Asia outlines linkages between nutrition and a variety of development sectors. The brief re-examines the...

The symposium included two keynote addresses discussing the 2013 Lancet Series on Nutrition and the role of Aflatoxin in growth suppression, a session on multi-sectoral nutrition research...