Technical Reports

PoSHAN Community Studies: Panel 3 Report

Published: November 2016 Author: Nutrition Innovation Lab
The goal of PoSHAN Community Studies is to understand the factors that link agriculture to nutrition. This involves researching the determinants of household food security, dietary intake, and nutritional status of children under 5 years of age and their mothers in relation to changes in agriculture and exposure to agricultural and microeconomic extension, as well as nutrition and health programs in Nepal. This descriptive report summarizes the main findings of the third panel survey.

PoSHAN Community Studies: Panel 2 Report

Published: October 2016 Author: Nutrition Innovation Lab
The goal of PoSHAN Community Studies is to understand the factors that link agriculture to nutrition. This involves researching the determinants of household food security, dietary intake, and nutritional status of children under 5 years of age and their mothers in relation to changes in agriculture and exposure to agricultural and microeconomic extension, as well as nutrition and health programs in Nepal. This descriptive report summarizes the main findings of the second panel survey conducted between May – July 2014.

Relationship of Stunting and Overweight in Egyptian children under five years of age: Trends and associated risk factors.

Published: September 2016 Authors: Shibani Ghosh, Grace Namirembe, Marwa Moaz, Ashish Pokharel, Elizabeth Marino-Costello, Jeffrey Griffiths, Patrick Webb
Egypt’s emerging economy faces a dual burden wherein there is coexistence of under and over nutrition, either in the same population, community, household or same individual. The dual burden of disease can be extremely variable in its manifestation. It can, for example, be manifested as stunted children who are concurrently obese, or as stunted children who may not be currently obese but who are at risk of early onset chronic diseases. Secondary Analysis provided by the Nutrition Innovation Lab.  

Measuring Food and Nutrition Security: An Independent Technical Assessment and User’s Guide for Existing Indicators

Published: June 2016 Authors: Uma Lele, Joyce Kinabo, JV Meenakshi, Bharat Ramaswami, Winnie FL Bell, Sambuddha Goswami Journal: Food Security Information Network
The purpose of this document is to assist policy and program planners and implementers, designers and managers, evaluators and analysts to target interventions and measure progress in food security and nutrition. Indicators for concepts such as Measuring Food and Nutrition Security: Technical Assessment and User’s Guide Page 2 stunting and wasting, diet diversity and nutrient adequacy or food insecurity have proliferated in recent years, leading to widespread confusion about the best indicators for any given situation. Relatively few of the many available measures of food...

UNICEF: Timor-Leste Food and Nutrtion Survey 2013- Final Report

Published: October 2015 Author: Nutrition Innovation Lab
UNICEF Report: The data collection for this survey was carried out between May and September 2013 among children aged 0-59 months and their non-pregnant mothers (aged 14 – 60 years). The survey assessed the risk factors for undernutrition based on Conceptual Framework of Malnutrition (UNICEF, 1990) which is being used for nutrition programming worldwide for the past 25 years. The prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies (vitamin A, iron, zinc, and iodine deficiency), and the iodine content of household iodised salt and aflatoxin exposure among children (aged 6 – 59...

UNICEF: Timor-Leste Food and Nutrtion Survey 2013- Summary of Key Findings and Recommendations

Published: April 2015 Author: Nutrition Innovation Lab
UNICEF Report: The data collection for this survey was carried out between May and September 2013 among children aged 0-59 months and their non-pregnant mothers (aged 14 – 60 years). The survey assessed the risk factors for undernutrition based on Conceptual Framework of Malnutrition (UNICEF, 1990) which is being used for nutrition programming worldwide for the past 25 years. The prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies (vitamin A, iron, zinc, and iodine deficiency), and the iodine content of household iodised salt and aflatoxin exposure among children (aged 6 – 59...

The 3rd Annual Scientific Symposium: Agriculture, Food Systems, and Nutrition: Connecting the Evidence To Action

Published: December 2014 Author: Nutrition Innovation Lab
Briefing from the 3rd Annual Scientific Symposium The Nutrition Innovation Lab’s partner, Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with the Institute of Medicine and the Nepal Agriculture Research Council, hosted its 3rd annual Scientific Symposium in Kathmandu, Nepal on November 18-20, 2014. The question driving this symposium was simple: how can agriculture improve household food security and nutrition outcomes? Yet the work of understanding the agriculture to nutrition pathway is complex. Building sustainable systems that promote food security, nutrition, and health in Nepal requires the utilization of high-quality, empirical evidence. The...

The Dynamics of Nutrition Program Implementation in Ethiopia: Facilitators and Constraints at National and Sub-National Level

Published: June 2014 Author: Masresha Tessema
The Government of Ethiopia (GOE) is committed to improving the nutritional status of the population. The GOE has made significant progress in reducing malnutrition since 2000. The revised National Nutrition Program is aimed at accelerating the decrease in under nutrition through a multi sector nutrition plan. This study assessed the facilitators and constraints to adopting the NNP at the national and sub national level. Key issues were identified including leadership, coordination, awareness, capacity and budget. A series of recommendations derived from the study data are...

Agricultural correlates of linear growth and key modifiers among children under two years in rural Uganda

Published: February 2014 Author: Nilupa Gunaratna
Many sources have recently called for agricultural programs and policies to become more “nutrition-sensitive”, with the aim of harnessing agriculture to improve nutrition and health. Several researchers have described potential causal pathways through which agriculture could impact the nutrition and health of vulnerable populations. Stunting, or poor linear growth, particularly in young children is a key indicator. Reflecting chronic undernutrition, stunting can begin in utero, and studies have shown that it can be difficult to recover from faltering in linear growth during gestation and the...

Uganda Baseline Report: Assessing the Linkage Between Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition and Health Among Women and Children in Rural Ugandan Households.

Published: October 2013 Author: Nutrition Innovation Lab
This report provides baseline and nationally representative data regarding nutritional and health issues in Uganda, particularly in terms of maternal and child health. Areas of assessment include livestock, malaria, aflatoxin exposure, water access, sanitation, and dietary information