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.

Accelerating Progress to End Hunger and Malnutrition through Implementation Science

Undernutrition remains a stubborn development challenge in many parts of the world, yet overweight and obesity are simultaneously on the rise globally, and sharply increasing in many low and middle-income countries. As a result, rates of diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases are climbing, increasing the global health burden, while micronutrient deficiencies plague both ends of this spectrum >> Read more

A4NH Research Shared at Africa Nutrition Conference

Africa has the highest prevalence of undernourishment in the world, according to 2017 FAO estimates, with nearly 21 percent of the population affected. Coupled with rapidly increasing rates of overweight and obesity, the seriousness of the continent’s nutrition challenges cannot be ignored.

Update from the Field: Stories of Change in Nutrition in Vietnam

Under way since September 2017, Stories of Change Vietnam aims to understand the history, contemporary treatment, and future of nutrition in Vietnam, including policy and practice pertaining to both undernutrition and overweight/obesity. The research uses quantitative methods to explore trends in nutrition outcomes and drivers, and qualitative approaches to analyze trends in 'enabling environments' for nutrition.

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