Improving nutrition through multisectoral approaches


This report responds to the global development community’s request for operational guidance to maximize the impact of investments on nutrition outcomes for women and young children. The importance of nutrition guidance has been expressed by the Bank’s regional teams, especially South Asia and Africa, the World Bank Group’s Advisory Council of Foundation Leaders meetings, as well as the wider Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) donor partners group. This report is a first step towards operationalizing a multisectoral approach to improve nutrition worldwide.
The recommendations in this document build on the extensive nutrition research and evidence to-date on issues of malnutrition. The authors’ aim is to mainstream nutrition activities into multisectoral action in Bank operations through a series of guidance notes that are focused initially on the three sectors of agriculture, social protection, and health, including an overview of the link between nutrition and poverty reduction. "Malnutrition" refers only to undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in this document, and not in overnutrition. The overweight/obesity aspects of malnutrition are not addressed.
The guidance notes are designed to assist World Bank Task Team Leaders (TTLs), donor partners, and country-level implementers with adjusting the design of existing or future operations in their respective sector to be more nutrition sensitive. When relevant, some of the notes are accompanied by a succinct, operational matrix that highlights the objectives, tracking indicators, opportunities, trade-offs, and issues of policy coherence. Where nutritional evidence is weak, it is noted. Where it is strong, the notes provide programmatic guidance that will help these sectors to adopt a "nutrition lens" as they develop new programs and projects. Each self-contained note can be applied to each sector or used together as one coherent cross-sectoral approach. The document is divided into five modules, some of which include a list of additional resources.

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Jan 2013
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Human nutrition - General aspects
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