Technical Reports

PoSHAN Community Studies: Baseline Report

Published: October 2013 Authors: Swetha Manohar, Rolf Klemm, R. Rajbhandary , Patrick Webb, Shibani Ghosh, Keith West
Baseline findings of this nationally representative study reveal variations in nutritional status, household food security, agricultural production and practices, and sanitation between the agro ecological zones of Nepal. Undernutrition in under-five children and women was found to be consistently worse in the terai (with the exception of under-five stunting rates being approximately 36%). Household food insecurity was 40% across the PoSHAN sample during the May – July 2013 season; with terai households found to be least food insecure. The utilization of innovative agricultural practices were Continue reading →

Comprehensive Assessment of the Peanut Value Chain for Nutrition Improvement in Ghana

Published: September 2013 Authors: Shibani Ghosh, William Masters
The goal was to identify opportunities for new investment and interventions to improve nutrition and livelihoods on a commercial scale (through agriculture linking to commercial enterprises). This enhances our understanding of crop value chains particularly relevant to women, and to the issues around value chains involving aflatoxin-free foodstuffs.

Integrating Agriculture and Nutrition Actions to Improve Maternal and Child Nutrition: Research on Program Impact Pathways

Published: June 2012 Author: Patrick Webb
From a LCIRAH Workshop, June 21-22, 2012, London. There is a need to establish solid, empirical knowledge of the effects of integrated programs targeting agriculture, health and nutrition, which are often complex, multi-sector interventions. In particular, there is a need to develop metrics and measures that will allow researchers within the realm of agriculture-to-health to understand the barriers, facilitators and drivers of nutrition impact- and to be able to rigorously say why and how a program succeeded or failed, as well as draw more generalizable Continue reading →

Mapping Nutrition Landscape in Mali

Published: November 2011 Authors: Shibani Ghosh, Jeffrey Griffiths
Over the course of 3 months, Nutrition Innovation Labs-Africa assessed and mapped out existing Nutritional programs and support systems.

A Review Stock Taking Report Nepal’s Private Sector Initiatives, Strategies and Interests in Nutrition

Published: October 2011 Author: J. Adhikari
There is growing interest of private sector in food industries. This has come because of growing urbanization and better transportation opportunities as food now can be sent from one location to another at a fast rate than in the past. Moreover, the knowledge of food processing and quality is growing, and private sector has cashed this desire through establishing food processing industries. Agricultural industries have been the focus of the government since the start of planning for development started from the mid 1950s. The interest Continue reading →

A Review of Food Security and Human Nutrition Issues in Nepal

Published: September 2011 Author: Gerald Shively
Nepal faces multiple development challenges, including chronic and wide spread food insecurity and adult and child malnutrition. Due to population growth, agricultural stagnation and a range of institutional failures, the threat of a serious food crisis in Nepal is substantial. The recent scaling back of WFP assistance means that food security conditions in some parts of Nepal will undoubtedly worsen in the near future. This paper presents a brief review of topics and available evidence regarding food security, malnutrition and related subjects in Nepal. It is intended to document important source Continue reading →

Stock taking Report Nutrition Sensitive Interventions for Agricultural Sector

Published: July 2011 Author: J. Adhikari
Vulnerabilities to food insecurity are growing in Nepal. These vulnerabilities come from various factors – namely general decline in food production or agricultural growth, food price rise, seasonality in agricultural production, higher poverty rate in the food deficit areas, changes in food habits consuming junk food, especially in urban areas, lack of income and employment opportunities, lack of effective transportation for food distribution, especially in the hills and mountains, and chronic utilization problems such as inadequate access to health services, water and sanitation. Climate change Continue reading →