Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Bridging the Gaps in Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture

What does it mean to say that agriculture is nutrition-sensitive? Agriculture is nutrition-sensitive when it tackles issues at the root of malnutrition rather than just food production. Even the most productive agriculture program does not guarantee improved nutritional status. Programs must consider how they impact not only food security but also caregiving resources, access to healthcare and a hygienic environment. 

To strengthen understanding and best practices for nutrition-sensitive agriculture, USAID’s multi-sectoral nutrition project, SPRING, set out to understand how effective programs work and share what we have learned through:

Global Evidence and Guidance: We started by exploring why integration of agriculture and nutrition is necessary and how it can be achieved. SPRING’s evidence in this area forms frameworks through which other practitioners and organizations can better understand what makes a nutrition-sensitive approach. Our landscape analysis of Feed the Future programs and technical brief series provide evidence and context while our tools help you apply key concepts to existing and new programs.

Design and Monitoring Tools: SPRING puts evidence and guidance into practice through an array of tools meant to help practitioners make their programs nutrition-sensitive, including design, behavior-centered approaches, and monitoring their progress throughout.

Learning from Field Experience: Together with USAID and its Feed the Future implementing partners, SPRING has tested these approaches and compared experiences in several environments to evaluate how tools and frameworks like these work in practice. We have done this work in a number of Feed the Future countries, such as Rwanda, Guatemala, Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

Want to learn more about the what and how of nutrition-sensitive agriculture? Visit our nutrition-sensitive agriculture story to see global evidence, read about on-the-ground experience, and find the right tool for you.