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.

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.

Stories of Change in Nutrition Expands Focus to Vietnam

Vietnam, with its rapidly changing population, markets, incomes, education, and more, offers a host of learning opportunities for those studying development in nutrition and other areas, there and elsewhere around the world. After several years of growing political commitment, with more and more pledges and declarations and an increasing focus on data and on evidence, >> Read more

Event: Investing in Research – New Evidence Showing How a Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Program Improves Children’s Nutritional Status

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.

Transform Nutrition Marks End of First Phase with International Conferences

With August 2017 marking the end of Transform Nutrition’s first phase, the consortium recently convened research symposia in Kenya and Nepal, to discuss results from and next steps for East Africa and South Asia, respectively.