News from Flagship Four: SPEAR

The many links between agriculture and nutrition suggest that agricultural policies, interventions, and programs can be better designed to enhance nutrition and health benefits, but a there is a disconnect between them. Research under this flagship explores why the disconnect persists, and more importantly, how we can turn agriculture into a powerful lever for raising people’s health and nutritional status, while contributing to addressing other development challenges, such as food security, poverty, equity, and sustainability.

To learn more about A4NH's work on Supporting Policies, Programs, and Enabling Action through Research, please visit the SPEAR Flagship page.

Below are news stories, blog posts, and other information that help inform research and progress in this area.

Ethiopia Offers Lessons from Stories of Change in Nutrition

Ethiopia has made great strides in recent years in addressing nutrition problems that have long plagued the country: between 2000 and 2016, rates of stunting fell from 58 percent to 38 percent, one of the fastest rates in Sub-Sahara Africa, while wasting dropped from 12 percent to 10 percent. Yet in some areas, numbers remain >> Read more

Transform Nutrition-West Africa Launches With Consultation in Dakar

Transform Nutrition-West Africa is a new regional platform, which aims to enable effective policy and programmatic action on nutrition in West Africa.  The three-year program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI).

How Women’s Empowerment Shapes Children’s Schooling, Nutrition

Improvements in the status of women has often been shown to have positive impacts on their children, with increased investments in schooling, nutrition, and health. Yet in order to best target policies and investments, it is important to understand the nuances in a particular context, to better target where improvements may have maximum impact.

Adolescent Nutrition: Overlooked Problem, Lasting Consequences

Adolescents account for nearly one-third of the global population. With the incredible amount of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth and development occurring during this time, ensuring adolescents’ access to a nutritious diet has life-long benefits. For girls, the impact will echo on much longer, through the survival, health, and well-being of their children.