Building Resilience

Worldwide: USAID Advancing Nutrition

Project Profile

Each year, malnutrition costs the global economy an estimated $3.5 trillion in healthcare costs and lost productivity, according to USAID. Yet nutrition interventions offer some of the highest returns on investment—with every $1 invested resulting in up to $35 in economic gain.

Implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. along with a diverse group of partners including NCBA CLUSA, this five-year global project will bring together international and local organizations from various sectors and different disciplines to design, implement and evaluate activities that combat malnutrition.

at a glance:

December 2018 - August 2023

funded by:
USAID
(by work order)

Working across many projects, the USAID Advancing Nutrition team is available for contract and technical assistance.

Project Profile

Each year, malnutrition costs the global economy an estimated $3.5 trillion in healthcare costs and lost productivity, according to USAID. Yet nutrition interventions offer some of the highest returns on investment—with every $1 invested resulting in up to $35 in economic gain.

Implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. along with a diverse group of partners including NCBA CLUSA, this five-year global project will bring together international and local organizations from various sectors and different disciplines to design, implement and evaluate activities that combat malnutrition.

Advancing Nutrition through Partnerships

NCBA CLUSA’s flagship Feed the Future project in Senegal, Yaajeende, has reduced stunting by a third.

Committed to supporting country-led efforts, USAID Advancing Nutrition will take a multi-sectoral approach to address the root causes of malnutrition by building up local capacity, supporting behavior change and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic opportunity and advance development. By scaling up efforts to reduce malnutrition, with a focus on the important 1,000 day period from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday, USAID Advancing Nutrition supports the agency’s efforts to save lives and promote strong, productive citizens and self-reliant societies.

NCBA CLUSA will support communities in strengthening food security and market systems. With access to technical support and training on climate smart techniques, communities will be more resilient to agriculture related climate shocks.

Part of this work will include scaling up our successful Nutrition-led Agriculture approach, including the development of private sector networks like our Community-Based Solution Providers for distribution of inputs and training, as well as supporting community organizations and institutions in developing civil society engagement platforms.

USAID Advancing Nutrition will continue through 2023, and JSI’s core implementing partners for the USAID Advancing Nutrition project include NCBA CLUSA, Helen Keller International (HKI), Save the Children U.S., the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Results for Development (R4D), The Manoff Group, The African Nutrition Leadership Programme at North-West University, South Africa (ANLP), Cornell University and the University of California, Davis.

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