Nutrition Innovation Lab

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Exclusive breastfeeding ranks as the number one preventative child survival intervention globally. The Jordan Population and Family and Health Survey of 2017-2018 found that although breastfeeding is common, only 26 percent of infants are exclusively breastfed during the first six months of life, and usually for less than a month—far below the recommended six months. Additionally, there are troubling trends related to complementary feeding, the process of introducing appropriate diet choices to infants under 2 years of age. The percentage of children from 6 to 23 months who consume a minimally diverse diet and appropriate meal frequency has declined 10 percent from 2012 to 2017.


USAID’s five-year Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab (JNIL) activity will generate evidence on the impact of USAID nutrition interventions, build academic capacity to research health and nutrition among pregnant and lactating women and children under the age of two. The activity will implement a rigorous research agenda,
including an evaluation of the impact of the USAID Community Health and Nutrition activity and secondary analysis of the Demographic Health Survey data on complementary feeding practices in infants and young children. The activity will also build individual and institutional capacity in Jordan to conduct and interpret


  • Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab Activity completed a baseline quantitative evaluation of the Community Health and Nutrition activity in October 2021, targeting over 1,000 pregnant and lactating women and 70 health care providers. The activity will continue to use quantitative and qualitative research to evaluate the maternal health and nutrition outcomes from the USAID Community Health and Nutrition activity and the next analysis is expected to be completed in August 2022.
  • The activity formed the Technical Advisory Committee. The committee will provide advice to the activity on technical and strategic direction of the research and capacity building activities. The Committee is composed of Jordan’s Ministry of Health and academic institutions, USAID, and Tufts University.
  • Two webinars were conducted featuring representatives from the Ministry of Health and experts from the University of Jordan to discuss national priorities and current trends in maternal, infant, young child health and nutrition in Jordan.
  • The activity began funding fellowship grants to enhance and support policy-relevant research on maternal and child nutrition and health in Jordan and is providing mentoring and coaching for the grantees.

Last updated: July 20, 2022

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