Nutrition-sensitive agriculture: What have we learned so far?
Abstract, Global Food Security, 2018
- Nutrition-sensitive agricultural programs (NSAP) improve a variety of nutrition outcomes in both mothers and children.
- They are more effective when they include nutrition and health behavior chance communication (BCC) and women’s empowerment interventions.
- Greater impacts on child nutritional status are achieved when programs incorporate health and water, sanitation and hygiene interventions and micronutrient-fortified products.
- NSAP should focus on improving access and consumption of high-quality diets for all household members rather than on reducing childhood stunting.
- Contextual, cultural, economic, and food environment factors (including markets) need to be taken into account when designing and implementing NSAP.
- There are still important knowledge gaps to be filled including questions of sustainability, scale-up and cost-effectiveness of NSAP.