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Nutrition specific interventions

Evidence for interventions which have a direct impact on the immediate causes of undernutrition (inadequate food intake, poor feeding practices and high burden of disease) such as breastfeeding, complimentary feeding, micronutrient supplementation and home fortification, disease management, treatment of acute malnutrition and nutrition in emergencies.
Interventions reduce maternal and child undernutrition
Community care
J. Matthews / Panos Pictures
This paper in the 2013 Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition provides a comprehensive update of interventions to address undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in women and children. It concludes that continued investments in nutrition-specific interventions through community engagement and delivery strategies that can reach poor segments of the population at greatest risk can make a great difference.

Latest Documents

Nutritional improvement for children in urban Chile and Kenya
P. Pridmore / Department for International Development, UK 2014
Since 2010, the NICK study has sought to help two project countries, Chile and Kenya, reduce urban malnutrition in young children by facilitating intersectoral actions to change the social determinants. In urban Kenya chronic stunting...
Adapting Agriculture Platforms for Nutrition: A Case Study of a Participatory, Video-Based Agricultural Extension Platform in India
S. Kadiyala; E.H. Morgan; S. Cyriac; A. Margolies; T. Roopnaraine / PLoS ONE 2016
Successful integration of nutrition interventions into large-scale development programmes from nutrition-relevant sectors, such as agriculture, can address critical underlying determinants of undernutrition and enhance the coverage an...
Inequities in under-five child nutritional status in South Africa: what progress has been made?
J. May; I.M. Timaeus / London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2014
Despite the emphasis given to poverty reduction in policy statements and a substantial increase in social spending, money-metric poverty has shown little improvement since South Africa's transition to democracy in 1994. Alternative ap...
New knowledge on children and young people: a synthesis of evidence
R. Marcus; E. Page; J. Stephenson; D. Walker / Overseas Development Institute 2015
This report synthesises insights on children and young people (CYP) from research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation ...
Fiscal policies for diet and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases
2016
The Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020, endorsed by the World Health Organization, provides a roadmap and a menu of policy options for Member States and other stakeholders to t...
Debates on the sugar tax
Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies, South Africa 2016
In July 2016, the National Treasury of South Africa proposed an effective 20% tax on sugary soft drinks. The proposal derives from the National Department of Health strategy to reduce obesity. It is rooted in the scientific consensus ...
Review of Agri-Food Value Chain Interventions Aimed at Enhancing Consumption of Nutritious Food by the Poor: Pakistan
S. Zuberi; R. Mehmood; H. Gazdar / Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia 2016
How can agriculture play a more effective role in improving nutrition in countries with a high burden of hidden hunger and where an increasing proportion of the poor sources its food from the market? There is a need to understand how ...
Global Nutrition Report 2016: From Promise to Impact: Ending Malnutrition by 2030
International Food Policy Research Institute 2016
The Global Nutrition Report is a multipartner initiative that provides an independent annual review of countries progress towards meeting intergovernmental nutrition targets and recommends actions to accelerate that progress...
Reducing Anemia Prevalence in Afghanistan: Socioeconomic Correlates and the Particular Role of Agricultural Assets
A. Flores-Martinez; G. Zanello; B. Shankar; N. Poole / Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia 2016
Anemia is a nutrition problem of global importance. Based on data from 107 countries worldwide, Stevens et al. [1] estimated that 29% of non-pregnant women (translating to 496 million non-pregnant women), 38% of pregnant women (transl...
Child Underweight, Land Productivity and Public Services: A District-Level Analysis for India
S.S. Vepa; B. Viswanathan; R. Parasar; R.V. Bhavani / Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia 2016
Though India’s rank has improved in the Global Hunger Index, contributed largely by the fall in the underweight rates for children, concerns of high level of undernutrition in predominantly agricultural pockets remain. This study...

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