Transform Nutrition: Using Evidence to Inspire Action

Undernutrition – the lack of food or adequate nutrients – causes the death of 2.6 million children a year; a third of all child deaths. The human and economic costs are enormous even for those who survive.

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Undernutrition disrupts schooling and means children are likely to remain poor as adults. Transform Nutrition is an international consortium of research partners. We use our quality research to inspire action to address undernutrition and work with key actors - policy-makers, civil society and business leaders – in the most affected countries.

The puzzle of undernutrition

We know which interventions work to reduce undernutrition. Yet, effective interventions are not being scaled up fast enough which slows down the reduction of undernutrition.

We know there is huge investment in sectors such as agriculture, social protection and health systems. Yet, their potential to improve nutrition is rarely exploited.

Finally, in countries where undernutrition is high, the priority is often getting food on the table, rather than addressing nutrition needs.

Finding solutions

Better nutrition is in everyone's interests but it’s nobody's responsibility. Transform Nutrition wants to change this.

Over five years, from 2012 to 2017, we’ll research the effects of nutrition on children. We’ll focus on the 1,000-day period from pre-pregnancy to 24 months of age – when interventions are most effective at reducing undernutrition – to find solutions to the nutrition crisis.

We’ll promote this knowledge to reduce undernutrition more rapidly in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – the two regions with the highest rate of undernutrition.

Find out more at www.transformnutrition.org

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IDS publications on international development research

Impact Evaluation of the DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh: Policy Brief

MQSUN Briefing 5 (2017)

A shorter 4-page MQSUN Policy Brief providing an overview of the key findings and recommendations from the impact evaluation. More details

IDS publications on international development research

MQSUN Bangladesh Nutrition Evaluation Report Executive Summary

The Executive Summary of the Final Report of the Impact Evaluation of the DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh is available to download separately. More details

This is the cover image of the report, 'Maharashtra’s Child Stunting Declines: What is Driving Them? Findings of a Multidisciplinary Analysis'.

Maharashtra’s Child Stunting Declines: What is Driving Them? Findings of a Multidisciplinary Analysis

Between 2006 and 2012, Maharashtra’s stunting rate among children under two years of age was reported to decline by 15 percentage points – one of the fastest declines in stunting seen anywhere at any time. More details

This is the image for IDS Working Paper 447, 'What are the Factors Enabling and Constraining Effective Leaders in Nutrition? A Four Country Study'.

What are the Factors Enabling and Constraining Effective Leaders in Nutrition? A Four Country Study

IDS Working Paper 447 (2014)

Leadership has been identified as a key factor in supporting action on nutrition in countries experiencing a high burden of childhood undernutrition. This study of individuals identified as influential within nutrition in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya and India examines why individuals champion nutrition policy, of their countries. More details

This is the image for IDS Working Paper 441, 'Reducing Child Undernutrition: Past Drivers and Priorities for the Post-MDG Era'.

Reducing Child Undernutrition: Past Drivers and Priorities for the Post-MDG Era

IDS Working Paper 441 (2014)

As the post-MDG era approaches in 2016, reducing child undernutrition is gaining high priority on the international development agenda, both as a maker and marker of development. More details

This is the image for IDS in Focus Policy Briefing 11, 'Learning about Champions – Individuals Catalysing Social Change'.

Learning about Champions – Individuals Catalysing Social Change

IDS Practice Paper In Brief 11 (2013)

As part of the Transform Nutrition consortium, we are undertaking research to (a) identify individuals who have been or could be influential in contributing to policy changes that can effectively reduce undernutrition, and (b) explore the attributes and characteristics of these individuals. More details

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Africa: Transforming Nutrition - Assessing the Size of the Task

AllAfrica research highlights how important the issue of nutrition is ahead of World Food Day. More details

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Can we boost livelihoods and nutrition for the poor in Bangladesh?

16 Feb 2017
By Nicholas Nisbett, Ferdous Jahan

Fast forwarding from 1966: a personal odyssey

15 Dec 2016
By Richard Longhurst

Using evidence to transform nutrition

21 Jul 2016
By Ciara Gillespie

Stories of change in nutrition

30 Jun 2016
By Samantha Reddin

What needs to be transformed in nutrition?

20 Jul 2015
By Deviana Dewi

Learning to transform nutrition

16 Jul 2015
By Vivienne Benson

Nominations invited for Nutrition Champions 2015

14 Jul 2015
By Samantha Reddin
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