Nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs can improve nutrition outcomes for young children, however documentation of the extent of their effectiveness has been limited. On Tuesday, December 12, IFPRI, Helen Keller International (HKI), and A4NH hosted a policy seminar to discuss recent evidence from Burkina Faso.
This evidence, published by IFPRI and HKI, demonstrated the effectiveness of HKI’s nutrition-sensitive agriculture program for decreasing child anemia, wasting and diarrhea. Although the program was effective, larger and more diverse impacts on child nutrition were needed. Building on their collaboration, HKI and IFPRI worked together to redesign, implement and evaluate more comprehensive nutrition-sensitive agriculture program packages designed to further increase program effectiveness. The primary questions addressed in this second evaluation revolved around the additional benefit of including a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) intervention or a small-quantity-lipid-based nutrition supplement (SQ-LNS), or increasing the duration of community-level exposure to their effective nutrition-sensitive program.
This seminar highlighted programmatic insights and learning generated on the implementation of multisectoral nutrition-sensitive programs to improve children’s nutritional outcomes and presented key results from the latest impact evaluation. The invited commentators shared their views on the implications of the findings for future investments in nutrition-sensitive agriculture and discussed how this type of programming and evaluation work feeds into the larger development agenda for improving the nutrition of young children. A video recording from the event can be found at the bottom of this page.
WHAT: Policy Seminar: Investing in Research – New Evidence Showing How a Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Program Improves Children’s Nutritional Status
- Kathy Spahn, CEO and President, HKI
- Stella Nordhagen, Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser in Africa, HKI
- Deanna Olney, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
- Rolf Klemm, Vice President for Nutrition, HKI
- Beth Dunford, Assistant to USAID Administrator & Deputy Coordinator for Feed the Future, USAID
- Victoria Quinn, Senior Vice President for Programs, HKI
- Amy Baker, Director General, Health and Nutrition Bureau, Global Affairs Canada
- Marie Ruel, Division Director, Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, IFPRI