Nutrition

Action in countries

Parliamentarians engagement

Parliamentarians are well placed to guide and monitor public sector policies and budget allocations. They can also encourage the adoption of the right incentives and disincentives for action by businesses and consumers in order to transform food systems to deliver healthier diets. Find out more here.

School food & nutrition

School programmes need coordination, enabling policies, legislation and institutional capacities to be successful. FAO is working with international and national stakeholders to provide guidance on the development, revision and adoption of national, regional or global policies, and legal and regulatory frameworks in the area of school food and nutrition. Find out more here.

Resilience and conflict

Building on its expertise in nutrition, food systems and resilience, FAO contributes to safeguarding and improving nutrition of at-risk and crisis affected populations. For that, we support building an enabling environment for governance, policies, programmes and investments to strengthen the humanitarian-development-peace nexus for improved nutrition. Find out more here.

Evidence based policies

Minimum Dietary Diversity-Women (MDD-W) is a simple proxy indicator for global use, which reflects the key dimension of diet quality of women of reproductive age. It can be used for setting targets, advocating and formulating policies aim to improved nutrition. Find out more here.

Mainstreaming nutrition into key agricultural sectors through a food system approach

Crop Production, Fishery and Aquaculture, Forestry, and Livestock, among others, are key sectors having the greatest potential to enhance contribution of food systems to healthy diets and improve nutrition.

Building on its expertise, FAO works with partners on an innovative process to support policymakers, as well as programme and field officers in optimizing the design, implementation and evaluation of sectoral programs and investments to accelerate progress in promoting healthy diets as a major contributor to address malnutrition and identifying key evidence gaps to inform operational research agendas.

This innovative process from Theory to Practice relies on the development of a theory of change and a series of impact pathways related to challenges identified from respective sectors informing a series of practice-based recommendations. It builds on a consultation process with stakeholders from governments, development agencies, civil society, and private sector.

A series of four guidance notes specific to each sector (i.e., Crop Production, Fishery and Aquaculture, Forestry, and Livestock) are under development to support government and partners, building on experience from 12 countries, namely, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Eswatini, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Chad, Mauritania and Democratic Republic of the Congo.