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Measuring multiple facets of malnutrition simultaneously: the missing link in setting nutrition targets and policymaking

Authors: Patrick Webb; Hanqi Luo; Ugo Gentilini
Attention to nutrition continues to grow. The recent surge in interest has included widening agreement on two major issues: first, nutrition goals cannot be achieved through targeted actions alone; nutrition-sensitive interventions are needed as well. Second, the multiple actions required to address all forms of malnutrition through the lifecycle cannot be proxied by a single target or metric. Although the Millennium Development Goals included one concrete measure of nutrition (children underweight), the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals will include multiple measures that better inform a diversity of policy and programming actions. This suggests a need for...
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Nutrition Collaborative Research Support Program – Africa Annual Report for Year 2

Authors: Nutrition Innovation Lab
The mission of the Nutrition Collaborative Research Support Program-Africa (N/CRSP-Africa) is to discover how policy and program interventions can most effectively achieve large-scale improvements in maternal and child nutrition, particularly when leveraging food-based activities. N/CRSP-Africa emphasizes operationally relevant research that can support national governments across Africa in their attempts to improve nutrition, health, and agricultural productivity. The Management Entity (Tufts University) collaborates with a network of US University partners, including the Schools of Public Health at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University, the College of...
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A review of Food Security and Human Nutrition Issues in Nepal

Authors: Gerald Shively
Nepal faces multiple development challenges, including chronic and wide spread food insecurity and adult and child malnutrition. Due to population growth, agricultural stagnation and a range of institutional failures, the threat of a serious food crisis in Nepal is substantial. The recent scaling back of WFP assistance means that food security conditions in some parts of Nepal will undoubtedly worsen in the near future. This paper presents a brief review of topics and available evidence regarding food security, malnutrition and related subjects in Nepal. It...
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The Dynamics of Nutrition Program Implementation in Ethiopia: Facilitators and Constraints at National and Sub-National Level

Authors: 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...
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A Review Stock Taking Report Nepal’s Private Sector Initiatives, Strategies and Interests in Nutrition

Authors: J. Adhikari
There is growing interest of private sector in food industries. This has come because of growing urbanization and better transportation opportunities as food now can be sent from one location to another at a fast rate than in the past. Moreover, the knowledge of food processing and quality is growing, and private sector has cashed this desire through establishing food processing industries. Agricultural industries have been the focus of the government since the start of planning for development started from the mid 1950s. The interest...
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Stock taking Report Nutrition Sensitive Interventions for Agricultural Sector

Authors: J. Adhikari
Vulnerabilities to food insecurity are growing in Nepal. These vulnerabilities come from various factors – namely general decline in food production or agricultural growth, food price rise, seasonality in agricultural production, higher poverty rate in the food deficit areas, changes in food habits consuming junk food, especially in urban areas, lack of income and employment opportunities, lack of effective transportation for food distribution, especially in the hills and mountains, and chronic utilization problems such as inadequate access to health services, water and sanitation. Climate change...
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Update Presentation to USAID Mission in Nepal on Nutrition Innovation Lab (Nov 21 2014)

Authors: Maura Mack
Update Presentation for the Nutrition Innovation Lab’s 2014 progress in regards to the Lab’s mission statement and work in Asia.
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Innovations in nutrition education and global health: the Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative

Authors: Rebecca Kuriyan; Jeffrey Griffiths, et al
India has a wide range of nutrition and health problems which require professionals with appropriate skills, knowledge and trans-disciplinary collaborative abilities to influence policy making at the national and global level. The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC) was established as collaboration between St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI), Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts University, with a focus on nutrition research and training. The goals of the BBNC were to conduct an interdisciplinary course, develop web-based courses and identify promising Indian students and junior faculty for graduate training in Boston.
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2013 Scientific Symposium Presentations

Authors: Nutrition Innovation Lab
You can find all the presentations from the 2013 Nutrition Innovation Lab Scientific Symposium in Kathmandu Nepal on our Scribd page by clicking here. Or, if you’re looking for a specific topic, please click on the title below.  Akoto Osei  Impact of Homestead Food Production on Nutritional Status of Children and Women in Baitadi District, Nepal Ram K Chandyo  Socio economic status, food security and anemia among mothers in Bhaktapur, Nepal Shibani Ghosh  PoSHAN Process Research: Understanding Processes that Support Nutrition Program Impacts John Groopman...
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Assessing the Linkage between Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition and Health among Women and Children in Rural Ugandan Households

Authors: Nutrition Innovation Lab
Uganda Baseline Report, Oct 2013 There is significant movement globally and in Uganda on addressing issues of nutrition and health in vulnerable populations including women and children. This is especially important since approximately 0.5 million women die each year of pregnancy related complications linked undernutrition, while more than 5 million pre-­‐school children die of preventable causes due to the combined effects of disease and under nutrition.  There is some progress being made globally, with 63 countries as of 2010 on track to achieve the First...
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Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food

Authors: William Masters; Brooke Colaiezzi; Katherine Dennison; Jeff Hill; Elizabeth Jordan-Bell; Ahmed Kablan; Melanie Thurber; Lorraine J Weatherspoon; James Oehmke
The roundtable’s evidence review sought convergence towards a short list of policy levers that are likely to be effective in a wide range of settings, while also identifying areas of divergence where evidence suggests success in some settings but not others. The policy instruments of interest were defined as legislation, regulations and institutional arrangements affecting agriculture and food systems across national or subnational regions. Evidence was considered regarding all impacts on nutrition, both intended and unintended, and all types of malnutrition related to child stunting...
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2014 Scientific Symposium Presentations

Authors: Nutrition Innovation Lab
You can find all the presentations and posters from the 2014 Nutrition Innovation Lab Scientific Symposium in Kathmandu Nepal on our Scribd page by clicking here. Or, if you’re looking for a specific topic, please click on the title below. Day 1 Oral Presentations Alan Dangour  Time to move from Agriculture to Action in Agriculture and Health Akriti Singh  Maternal Access to Information: Can Bhanchhin Aama Influence Child Diets? Chandra Thapa Bridging the Gap: Food Security Response Analysis and Planning Based on the Nepal Food...
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Ghana Peanut Value Chain Analysis

Authors: Shibani Ghosh; William Masters
The goal was to identify opportunities for new investment and interventions to improve nutrition and livelihoods on a commercial scale (through agriculture linking to commercial enterprises). This enhances our understanding of crop value chains particularly relevant to women, and to the issues around value chains involving aflatoxin-free foodstuffs.
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Research Briefing #14: Research in Asia: Approach, methods, And Protocols

Authors: Patrick Webb; Shibani Ghosh; Eileen Kennedy; K. West; Rolf Klemm; D. Sapkota; Swetha Manohar; Jeffrey K. Griffiths
At the 19th International Congress on Nutrition in Bangkok (in 2009), the United Nations’ Standing Committee on Nutrition concluded that “there is an urgent need to provide evidence- based information on food-based strategies and systems in order to make a case for their promotion. A series of scientific articles on food security interventions for nutrition should therefore be published to complement the public health interventions promoted by the Lancet Series [of 2008]. Sustainable food security approaches to nutrition require systemic, multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral approaches taking...
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2nd Annual Scientific Symposium

2nd Annual Scientific Symposium Proceedings, August13-14, 2013

Authors: Nutrition Innovation Lab
The Nutrition Innovation Lab‘s 2nd Annual Scientific Symposium held in Kathmandu, Nepal on August 13-14, 2013 under the theme “Science and Policy for Health, Agriculture and Economic Growth” facilitated the sharing of new research findings along the agriculture to nutrition pathway.
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Cover Image: Land use change, fuel use and respiratory health in Uganda

Land use change, fuel use and respiratory health in Uganda

Authors: Pamela Jagger; Gerald Shively
This paper examines how biomass supply and consumption are affected by land use change in Uganda. We find that between 2007 and 2012 there was a 22% reduction in fuelwood sourced from proximate forests, and an 18% increase in fuelwood sourced from fallows and other areas with lower biomass availability and quality. We estimate a series of panel regression models and find that deforestation has a negative effect on total fuel consumed. We also find that access to forests, whether through ownership or proximity, plays...
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1st Annual Scientific Symposium

1st Annual Scientific Symposium-Nutrition Collaborative Research Support Program

Authors: Nutrition Innovation Lab
March 21‐22, 2012 The Global Nutrition Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) ‐ Asia through its partner, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, organized a two‐day scientific symposium in Kathmandu, Nepal, co‐hosted by the Department of Community Medicine and Public Health at the Institute of Medicine (IOM)
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