USAID assessment shows progress on nutrition
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has issued a follow-up assessment of its Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy, initially launched in 2014. The self-assessment, which followed a 2018 Bread for the World Institute review, found some encouraging results. USAID looked at eleven of the twenty-seven countries where the strategy is in operation and found that the agency had extended nutrition services to more than 14 million children and 4.6 million pregnant women.
In eight of the countries, faster progress is being made on reducing waste, ten countries have increased rates of breastfeeding more quickly and five countries are more rapidly reducing anemia. The review also identified organizational benefits to multi-sectoralism and limitations to the strategy implementation.