We're building institutional capacity for analysis and policy formulation in developing countries
We're pursuing applied research that supports the goals of the U.S. Government's Feed the Future initiative
We invite you to join us for a webinar series that will showcase critical research findings from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition, hosted at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University over the past 10 years. During each webinar, panelists from across the globe will present findings from their research, discuss policy implications of these findings, discuss what needs to be done to better link research to practice, and identify research gaps for future consideration. The Innovation Lab for Nutrition is co-hosting these webinars with USAID Advancing Nutrition every month through 2020 and more webinars are being planned for 2021.
View all previous webinar recordings and links to presentations here.
South Asia is the region with the world’s highest burden of stunting, housing approximately a third of the world’s stunted children. The persistent, high rates of stunting in South Asia suggest a need to go beyond establishing its prevalence and associated factors, to additionally measure growth faltering (i.e., abnormally low linear growth velocity) to detect its extent, timing, severity and associated antecedent risk factors. In this webinar, we will present work from the USAID Innovation Lab for Nutrition examining trends in stunting in modern Nepal, spanning the past half-century, during periods of decline and pause up to the present time, concluding that innovation is needed to progress further. We will explore and propose evaluating preschool linear growth velocities in a population, introducing the use of a novel, sex-specific, annualized growth reference to reveal the burden of insufficient growth throughout all preschool years. We demonstrate the utility of this approach by revealing the prevalence of low linear growth velocity (<-2 Z-scores) by age and sex in the plains (Terai) of Nepal, and identifying covarying risk factors, across the height-for-age spectrum. We propose that this approach may help Nepal and other countries in the region detect and initiate measures to prevent growth faltering, possibly before children become stunted.