Linking Agriculture and Nutrition: SPRING's September Summary of New Research & Tools
Every month, USAID’s multi-sectoral nutrition project, SPRING, gathers and synthesizes the current research, reports, tools and news related to linking agriculture and nutrition. SPRING’s Agriculture and Nutrition Resource Review keeps you abreast of the latest developments in the fast-moving field of nutrition-sensitive agriculture to help programmers integrate current evidence into agriculture and related programs. Our September 2016 edition includes articles on homestead food production and climate-smart agriculture and nutrition and local food systems for improved nutrition.
The World Vegetable Center’s approach to household gardening emphasizes three synergistic components: gardening, nutrition and health, and support systems. This resource outlines intervention design, impact evaluation and the approach to form partnerships to expand the practice of household gardens.
The nutrition and climate change communities came together in this special session following the 6th Global Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) Workshop in Montpellier, France. The discussion focused on how to shape the food environment in the context of a changing world. Participants learned about the evidence and metrics and methods needed to better understand the linkages and pathways between diets, nutrition, health outcomes and climate change.
Positive monitoring reports and feedback from Ghana indicate that the School Meals Planner Package tool can be adapted for other countries to meet context-specific needs. The package includes the School Meal Planner tool, “handy measures,” and behavior change communication activities and materials designed to provide schoolchildren with nutritious, locally sourced meals.
We invite you to check out the full list of agriculture and nutrition resources, including online discussions, blog posts and news articles available on the SPRING website. Search the past two years of reviews for your interest areas and sign up for the next resource review to be delivered in October.