Nutrition-sensitive

Videos

Two sets of hands place cut pieces of okra onto a shelf that is going into a drying rack.

Fanta visits her sister, Awa, who teaches her how to cook. She notices that her neighbor has a variety of preserved fruits and vegetables. Awa explained how she made the preserves when she...

Keywords: Nutrition-sensitive
Location: Senegal
Two women in bright dress talk and walk through one of the women's garden. It is green and lush and the plants stand taller than the women.

Thiane Dramé is a champion of agricultural diversification in Senegal’s Kaolack Region. By practicing improved poultry raising, planting bio-fortified millet crops, and cultivating a micro-...

A woman's hand with a gold bracelet on the wrist, holds a handful of maize over a large sack filled with maize.

Cheickh explains and encourages his cousin to participate in his farmer cooperative, which combines many individual farmers’ crops to sell in greater quantity and at higher prices. Buyers...

Three older women watch as a school-aged girl shows them how to use a tippy tap.

Ya Ngoné is a fish vendor and lactating mother who lives and works in Djilor, a village not far from the sea in Senegal. She is very careful about hand hygiene and is supported in these...

A man and his young son bend over a bowl to wash their hands. The father is teaching the son how.

El Hadj, a father in Senegal who cares about the health of his family, is very attached to his home. Knowing the importance of good hygiene in preventing illness like diarrhea, malaria, and...

Making Agricultural Market Development Activities More Nutrition-Sensitive

This short animation highlights key ideas for making agricultural market development activities more nutrition-sensitive, as described in greater detail in USAID's Convergence and Tension...

Galleries

A group works together to practice proper breastfeeding techniques.

SPRING/Guinea conducted a training for Peace Corps health and agroforestry volunteers in Guinea on maternal, infant, and young child nutrition and nutrition-sensitive agriculture practices.

All of the workshop participants display their completion certificates.

SPRING trained community video and radio staff on maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) and nutrition-sensitive agriculture in Mamou, Guinea.

Participants and trainers pose for a group photo.

From May 4-8, 2017, SPRING/Senegal trained six partner networks in Senegal on the technical and business elements of operating machinery that can be used to lower the burden of post-harvest...

Staff participants discuss improved technologies within the rice value chain.

SPRING tested a nutrition-sensitive agriculture training curriculum with staff from Feed the Future’s SMARTE for the AVENIR program in Guinea.

SPRING/Senegal partner, FEPROMAS, displays grains of highly nutritious Obatampa maize.

SPRING/Senegal is participating in the International Fair for Agricultural and Animal Resources (FIARA) to promote a multi-sectoral approach to improving nutrition, as well as products from...

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.

Chickens feeding in their coop.

Recognizing the potential for increased chicken and egg consumption to help reduce malnutrition in Senegal, SPRING/Senegal organized a workshop on village-level poultry rearing for its...

Grandmothers participating in a focus group sort cards of local foods into piles that indicate each food’s affordability locally.

SPRING, Digital Green, and VARRAT conducted formative research into nutrition-specific maternal, infant, and young children nutrition (MIYCN), hygiene, and nutrition-sensitive agriculture...

Former Minister and Current Member of Parliament Dr. Mojammel Hossain using a tippy tap

In October 2016, SPRING/Bangladesh celebrated Global Handwashing Day with over 100 community activities.

News

Four women sit in a close group on benches outside. The woman at the center-front is holding a microphone up to the woman in the center-back.

SPRING/Guinea trained staff from community radio stations on developing effective interactive radio programming supporting nutrition-sensitive agriculture practices.

A man tapes documents to a yellow wall.

SPRING/Guinea tested and refined a nutrition-sensitive agriculture training package.

Ibrahima Ly, SPRING/Senegal social mobilization officer, explains SPRING’s multi-sectoral approach to visitors.

SPRING/Senegal is participating in (FIARA) to promote a multi-sectoral approach to improving nutrition.

Focus groups meet to answer questions from SPRING and FRI

SPRING/Guinea and FRI conducted an assessment to develop an interactive rural radio strategy that the SMARTE project can use to encourage nutrition-sensitive and specific practices.

Sarah Hogan at the SPRING booth.

Victor Pinga and Sarah Hogan attended the INGENAES Global Symposium to share our nutrition-sensitive agriculture work.

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.

Orientation participant looking at a SPRING infographic

SPRING led a nutrition sensitive agriculture orientation for consortium organization managers from the EAIN project in Sierra Leone.

Workshop participants

SPRING facilitated a two-day workshop to help CHAIN project partners define collaboration goals and expectations, and to develop an integrated workplan to improve nutrition and community...

Students wash their hands at tippy taps

In October 2016, SPRING/Bangladesh celebrated Global Handwashing Day with over 100 community activities.

Events

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.

Formative research meeting in India

SPRING has been working in the last year with multiple partners to identify key information gaps for planning nutrition-sensitive agriculture activities, and then design rapid formative...

Keywords: Nutrition-sensitive
Location: Online

Training Materials

Woman and man in field. Credit: Cambodia HARVEST

The Accelerating Behavior Change in Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture online training is a one-day course for people who design and implement agriculture projects, including those focused on...

Reports

Saidi Abdullai and her 10-month old baby, Basharia. Saidi is a member of the Rahama mother-to-mother support group in Ningi village in Bauchi, Nigeria.

This report captures SPRING/Nigeria’s key accomplishments over five years of implementation.

Posters

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...

Pages

Resource Review Summaries

As the need to integrate nutrition outcomes into our food systems becomes ever more evident, valuing and measuring nutritional quality of the outputs of agricultural production is essential...

Nutrition‐sensitive interventions to improve overall diet quality are increasingly needed to improve maternal and child health. This study demonstrates the feasibility of a structured...

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...

What do food and market system approaches to development have in common? On February 22, the webinar, “Balancing the Systems: Making Food and Market Systems Work for Nutrition,” hosted by...

Over the past 50 years, understandings of the best ways to combat malnutrition among women and children globally have changed, along with the technology that exists to fight it. The IMMANA-...

In highland Bolivia, a three-year nutrition-sensitive agricultural intervention was carried out with rural families in which chicken rearing was promoted in order to increase egg...

To gain a better understanding of how agriculture interventions can contribute to improved nutrition, SPRING partnered with USAID and nongovernmental organizations operating in Zambia to...

Part of a regional series on sustainable food systems and diets, FAO’s Europe and Central Asia-focused symposium took place in Budapest from December 4-5, 2017. The symposium objectives...

When deciding how to design or whether to fund a nutrition-sensitive agricultural intervention, we need to know the potential scope of impact. How many people will we reach? This blog...

Nutrition-sensitive interventions to improve overall diet quality are increasingly needed to improve maternal and child health. This study demonstrates feasibility of a structured process...

The recently launched ATONU tool can help development practitioners identify and select nutrition sensitive agriculture interventions for their projects. Beginning with the identification...

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...

Continuing a series on practical tools and approaches to address enabling environment constraints to food security, this Feed the Future blog examines the World Bank’s Enabling the Business...

In this interview with Kristin O'Planick and Sally Abbott of USAID, learn how the Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) and the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in...

Although there is a consensus regarding the need to invest in nutrition-sensitive programs, the current global evidence base regarding the nutritional impacts of nutrition-sensitive...

On March 16, Domitille Kauffmann from FAO’s Nutrition and Food Systems Division delivered a training to strengthen capacities of development practitioners to integrate nutrition into their...

The FSN Forum of the FAO invites the participants of the FSN Forum to read the discussion paper on "Inclusive value chains for sustainable agriculture and scaled up food security and...

The objectives of this online course are to understand the definitions of food systems, value chains, food security, nutrition security and their interconnectedness; be able to apply...

Rural advisory services are a possible channel for improving nutrition in rural communities because of their ability to improve household practices through consistent service provision and...

Sheryl L. Hendriks of the University of Pretoria comments on designing food systems, and an expanding understanding of nutrition that considers hidden hunger and the food environment. She...

Secure Nutrition and the World Bank Group hosted author and IFPRI Senior Researcher Dr. Harold Alderman to outline the logic for prioritizing nutrition-sensitive programs in the current...

How can extension build on its "core competencies" in improving household food security to lay the foundation for better nutrition? This discussion paper explores the conceptual linkages...

Liberia continues to face high levels of malnutrition, especially stunting among children under five. Stunting is partly due to the lack of information about growing and consuming...

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...

Using nationally representative data from three African countries, this analysis reveals little evidence of a relationship between nutritional status and the degree of agricultural...

This compendium has been designed to support officers responsible for designing nutrition-sensitive food and agriculture investments in selecting appropriate indicators to monitor how these...

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...

This online course illustrates the linkages between agriculture, food systems, and nutrition. Starting from two realistic scenarios, the course describes benefits and opportunities for...

A 4-year longitudinal investigation reveals that a Heifer International intervention in Nepal was associated with significantly improved child anthropometry (related to the duration of...

In these short videos, World Bank experts describe how they integrated nutrition-sensitive agriculture activities into their work. Each video provides concrete examples of what drives the...

Designing and disseminating technologies through Agricultural Extension Services in a gender-responsive and nutrition-sensitive way can help extend the benefits of technologies like...

A growing body of evidence shows strong connections between poor sanitation and stunting, and provides a basis for this paper’s focus on achieving better nutrition outcomes from both the...

The concept of “nutrition-sensitive agriculture” designates a role for agriculture in providing food security – access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food for all people at all times.

Reducing stunting in South Asia requires the coordination of nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions, especially measures that lead to improved nutritional status for...

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 facilitator’s guide has been prepared for public, private, and NGO extension providers to strengthen their capacity to address gender in a transformative manner and to integrate...

The third in a series of reports focused on the future of food, this latest release from the World Bank focuses on how the food system can deliver improved nutrition and health for better...

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...

This workshop launched the second phase of the IFPRI-led Gender, Agriculture and Assets Projects (GAAP2), in Nairobi, Kenya. GAAP2 aims to develop measurements for women’s empowerment in...

The agriculture-nutrition impact pathways are complex and interlocking, and agricultural interventions may have negative impacts on nutrition just as they may have positive impacts. This...

In this research study, similar barriers to leveraging agriculture for nutrition were identified by stakeholders in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. These include a narrow focus on solely...

This blog discusses the COP21 observer and side events on climate, agriculture, and nutrition. The Paris Agreement recognized food production, food security, and ending hunger, however, it...

Nutrition-sensitive agriculture, as explored in this article, seems to exist more as a term than as an actionable concept. The article examines results of a survey and related literature to...

This report details the progress and results of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement. Since its inception in 2010, 30 SUN country national budgets have been analyzed for nutrition-...

FAO just released a manual for program planners of nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs covering the first phases of the programming cycle (situation appraisal, program design, and...

This webinar highlighted the importance of an integrated nutrition-sensitive social protection system. Field examples are from Bangladesh, Zambia, Myanmar, and Nigeria.

What should be the role of agricultural colleges and higher education institutions in promoting nutrition sensitive agriculture? This online discussion shared experiences in integrating...

This video by Dr. Anna Herforth discusses the pathways through which agriculture can support good nutrition, indicators that can be used to measure agriculture’s impact on nutrition, and...

This online training course on pathways and program design developed by USAID Global Health and the Bureau for Food Security introduces professionals to nutrition-sensitive agricultural...

The impact of agriculture investments on nutrition was shared in this research-to-practice seminar featuring the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition. Presenters discussed their key...

Keywords: Nutrition-sensitive
Location: Africa, Asia

This report reviews two Feed the Future projects in Guatemala and emphasizes the importance of increasing the nutrition sensitivity across all stages of value chains. The report maps out...

Keywords: Nutrition-sensitive
Location: Guatemala

Abstracts for the 2015 Integrated Nutrition Conference will be accepted through July 3, 2015. The conference will focus on the integration of nutrition-sensitive programs across multiple...

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...

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) hosted an intensive training at its Rome headquarters in July 2014, with the goal of ‘growing’ a pool of experts able to capably...

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...

This report examines the relationship between agriculture and nutrition in developing countries, focusing on how nutrition is currently prioritised within agricultural policy frameworks,...

ACF International has newly released 3 case studies based on ACF innovative nutrition-sensitive interventions, in Liberia, Guinea and Pakista that complete the 3 previously released in 2012...

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...

Building on the Nutrition-Specific and Nutrition-Sensitive Interventions to Accelerate Progress (see above), this brief delves deeper into agriculture-nutrition linkages, including a look...