Timely, nutrition-specific interventions—taken to scale and deployed at critical points in the human life cycle—can have a dramatic impact on reducing global malnutrition. However, nutrition-specific interventions alone will not eliminate undernutrition. They must be deployed in combination with nutrition-sensitive interventions in sectors such as agriculture; food safety; economic growth; women’s education; environment; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).
As part of its recently released Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy, USAID seeks to scale up and strengthen the evidence base for proven nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions. Several identified pathways show how agriculture interventions can more directly impact nutrition and food security. The most prominent investments are those that target poorer households, increase food production for consumption, and increase women’s empowerment. In addition, dietary diversity is an important part of agriculture to improve the nutrient quality of food available to rural and urban consumers. USAID has plans to identify criteria for endorsing agricultural programs that are nutrition-sensitive.
At this webinar, the authors of the USAID Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy will outline key aspects of the strategy, focusing on its practical relevance to agricultural development practitioners. They will discuss the roll-out of nutrition-sensitive principles in Feed the Future zones of influence and explain how USAID is looking at the nutrition-agriculture nexus differently.
USAID Office of Health Infectious Disease and Nutrition
USAID Bureau for Food Security