Nutrition Projects

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supports the global movement Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) and the U.S.-based 1,000 Days Partnership. Both have advanced rapidly over the last 3 years. They are encouraging increased political commitment and programmatic alignment to accelerate reductions in global hunger and undernutrition, promoting a focus on the 1,000-day window of opportunity from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday and strengthening multisectoral coordination. As of December 2013, 43 countries with high burdens of undernutrition have committed to scale up nutrition by becoming SUN members; over 100 other development partners from civil society and the private sector have committed to supporting their efforts.

USAID also partners directly with a variety of civil society, private sector, multilateral and bilateral development organizations to achieve global progress on nutrition, including:

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Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

GAIN fosters public and private partnerships that promote nutrition-based solutions to address undernutrition among those most in need, with a specific focus on agricultural-based nutrition solutions. Private sector partners include Unilever, DSM, General Mills, Kraft, Mars and many local private sector companies.

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Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA III)

FANTA III strengthens food security and health programming for improved nutrition, with a particular emphasis on maternal and child health and nutrition, HIV and other infectious diseases, community-based nutrition programs, nutrition in emergencies, food security and livelihood strengthening, resiliency and vulnerability. FHI 360 is the implementing partner for FANTA III.

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Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovation on Nutrition Globally (SPRING)

The SPRING project aims to improve policies and programs to scale up effective nutrition services, with a concerted effort on country-specific social and behavior change communication, dietary diversity and micronutrient adequacy through locally available as well as fortified foods. This project is implemented by John Snow, Inc.

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Child Blindness Program (CBP)

CBP is preventing and treating blindness, restoring sight and providing eyeglasses to thousands of people in the poorest communities in the world. Since 1991, more than 31 eye care and health non-governmental organizations have received grants totaling approximately $30 million to implement eye care interventions in 58 countries.

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Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD)

Since 1999, USAID has been supporting, through UNICEF, programs to introduce, improve, and consolidate salt iodization programs all over the world, with the goal of preventing iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), which are the main cause of preventable mental retardation. During this period, 32 countries globally have received the benefit of an investment that contributes to raising the IQ of their populations. In most countries, programs are already running well within countries, and now the challenge is to maintain the successes through the mutual collaboration and motivation across regions.

 

Last updated: January 31, 2014

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