Flagship 4 Note
This Flagship Program seeks to address major gaps which remain in our understanding of the agriculture-nutrition disconnect-- that is, the relatively small changes in nutrition in places (especially low- and middle-income countries) with high dependence on agriculture-based livelihoods and large changes in agricultural policy and practice.
To learn more or engage directly with this Flagship Program, please contact Flagship Leader Deanna Olney.
SPEAR builds on A4NH's resources, capacity, and experience with global and regional initiatives in Africa and South Asia to support countries in tackling these goals. This work is organized into three Clusters of Activities (CoA):
CoA1: Nutrition-Sensitive Agricultural Programs (NSAP) focuses on understanding and documenting the contribution of integrated agriculture and nutrition programs to improvements in maternal and child nutrition in order for development program implementers and investors (governments, NGOs, UN institutions) to use the evidence, tools, and methods to design and implement cost-effective nutrition-sensitive agricultural programs at scale and for researchers and evaluators, including in CGIAR and other CRPs, to use evidence, tools, and methods to design high-quality evaluations of nutrition-sensitive agricultural programs and other multisectoral programs, and strengthen the evidence base.
Major projects undertaken to understand and improve gender- and nutrition-sensitive programming include:
The Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) suite of tools, developed under GAAP2, is one of CGIAR's best innovations from the past 50 years. Click here to learn more.
Key publications from projects under this cluster include:
CoA2: Supporting Countries through Research on Enabling Environments (SCORE) focuses on understanding how enabling environments—such as policies, institutions, and governance—for nutrition can be created and sustained so that regional, international, and UN agencies and initiatives, as well as investors, can use evidence, tools, and methods to inform decisions and investment strategies to guide and support nutrition-sensitive agricultural programming and nutrition-sensitive policies and so that national policymakers and stakeholders from different sectors, civil society, and industry can use evidence to design effective nutrition-sensitive policies and strategies to enable effective programming.
Major projects undertaken to enhance the policy environment include:
Stories of Change in Nutrition is one of CGIAR's best innovations from the past 50 years. Click here to learn more.
CoA3: Capacity, Collaboration, Convening (3C) focuses on strengthening capacity to use and demand evidence, and on providing a bridge to other flagships, CRPs, and relevant national, regional, and global processes in order for stakeholders from different sectors, civil society, and industry, including CGIAR and other CRPs, to have improved capacity to generate and use evidence to improve nutrition-sensitive agricultural programming, nutrition-sensitive policy making, and implementation.
Major projects undertaken to build capacity and improve leadership include:
Work on the Value Chains for Nutrition framework and project design guides is one of CGIAR's best innovations from the past 50 years. Click here to learn more.
Below is a visual depicting the Flagship 4 impact pathway.
Read more about Flagship 4 and A4NH's work on Supporting Policies, Programs, and Enabling Action Through Research, as well as other news and updates on this topic.