This May, Agrilinks Celebrates Nutrition: A Key Piece of the Global Development Puzzle
Despite recent progress in global food security and nutrition, nearly 800 million people around the world are still chronically undernourished. Undernutrition, particularly during the 1,000 days from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday, leads to lower levels of educational attainment, productivity, lifetime earnings and economic growth rates.
Yet while the challenges in combating poor nutrition are great, the opportunities to transform lives through better access and uptake of nutritious foods are within reach, and with joint efforts in sectors spanning from Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to economic growth, the global development community is making progress. This May on Agrilinks, we are focusing on those practices and policies that are moving the needle on global nutrition, focusing on the many important ways it intersects with agriculture and food security.
To celebrate the month, we are showcasing some go-to resources from the Agrilinks archives:
USAID’s online training course on nutrition-sensitive agricultural programming introduces the fundamentals of nutrition-sensitive agriculture and provides guidelines for practitioners to use when designing programs that promote access to nutrient-rich foods and dietary diversity. A must listen!
This blog post features a useful infographic from the SPRING project on five key opportunities for agriculture to contribute to improved nutrition, especially for those most at risk.
Also from SPRING, this recent blog post provides a useful roundup of technical resources in nutrition-sensitive agriculture, including design and monitoring tools, technical briefs and training guides.
This case study shows how a private-public partnership in Malawi involving the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation and the International Potato Center is helping fight vitamin A-deficiency and creating a market for a nutritious homegrown product: the orange-fleshed sweet potato.
A guest blogger with the International Food Policy Research Institute addresses an important paradox: potential nutritional trade-offs in increasing women’s time in agriculture.
This event resource page offers a great introduction to USAID’s 2014-2025 Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy, which seeks to scale up and strengthen the evidence base for proven nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions.
Lastly, check out the discussion from the recent Ag Exchange hosted on Agrilinks to read what your colleagues around the globe are saying about what nutrition-related research the U.S. government should be investing in next.
We invite you to share your own experiences, best practices and go-to resources and look out for original content from Agrilinks and its partners throughout the month! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or share a resource.