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Linking Agriculture and Nutrition: SPRING's Summary of New Research & Tools

Every month, USAID’s multi-sectoral nutrition project, SPRING, gathers and synthesizes the latest research, reports, tools and news related to linking agriculture and nutrition programming. SPRING’s Agriculture and Nutrition Resource Review keeps you abreast of the many developments in the fast-moving field to help you integrate current evidence into your programs. Our July edition features several close looks at effects of malnutrition as well as perspectives from novel agricultural approaches. A few of these resources are featured below.

Evidence-Based Evolution of an Integrated Nutrition-Focused Agriculture Approach to Address the Underlying Determinants of Stunting

Helen Keller International’s (HKI) Enhanced Homestead Food Production program increases access to and availability of diverse diets. The Maternal & Child Nutrition paper reviews the evolution and impact of HKI’s Enhanced Homestead Food Production (EHFP) program and identifies core components of the model that address the underlying determinants of stunting.

Sustainable Agricultural Development for Food Security and Nutrition: What Roles for Livestock?

The livestock sector is an important part of the development of agriculture and food systems needed to deliver diverse diets. The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) report focuses on livestock and lays out a conceptual framework and typology of livestock farming systems; describes the main drivers and trends of agricultural development; identifies challenges; and proposes pathways and responses to address those challenges.

Pulses for Food Security and Nutrition

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. In the context of this campaign, FAO experts Teodardo Calles and Fernanda Grande hosted a webinar to present the benefits of pulses from agricultural, ecological and nutrition perspectives. Learn how pulses provide benefits for soil fertility and climate change while also combating malnutrition.

We invite you to check out the full list of agriculture-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 September.