USAID Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy 2014-2025
Optimal nutrition is fundamental to achieving USAID’s wider mission to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our national security and prosperity. USAID’S 2014-2025 Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy is the first of its kind at USAID. It is aligned with the 2025 World Health Assembly Nutrition Targets and reaffirms both USAID’s commitment to global nutrition, and our role as a major international partner in the fight against malnutrition. The Strategy’s multi-sectoral approach addresses both direct and underlying causes of malnutrition, and its focus on linking humanitarian assistance with development programming helps build resilience to shocks in vulnerable communities.
With this strategy, USAID aims to decrease chronic malnutrition, measured by stunting, by 20 percent through the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future and Global Health initiatives, the Office of Food for Peace development programs, resilience efforts, and other nutrition investments. Within Feed the Future targeted inventions areas, USAID will concentrate resources and monitor impact to reduce the number of stunted children by a minimum of 2 million. In humanitarian crises, USAID aims to mitigate increases in acute malnutrition with the goal of maintaining Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) below the emergency threshold of 15 percent. In 2025, we see a world where countries, communities, and families have the capacity to achieve and sustain healthy, well-nourished populations.
USAID is developing a series of technical guidance briefs to support the implementation of the Strategy. These briefs summarize evidence, best practices, and programmatic guidance on a variety of topics related to nutrition. The first ten guidance briefs are currently available for download on the USAID website and cover the following topics:
- The 1,000-day Window of Opportunity
- Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition
- Intensive Nutrition Programming
- Maternal Nutrition for Girls and Women
- Nutrition, Food Security, and HIV
- Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture: Nutrient-Rich Value Chains
- Role of Nutrition in Ending Preventable Child & Maternal Deaths
- WASH and Nutrition: Water and Development Strategy and Implementation Brief
- Nutrition in Emergencies
- Nutrition, Food Security, and Family Planning