The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is part of the consortium led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) selected by USAID to improve nutrition for women and children in low- and middle-income countries around the globe. The five-year programme—USAID Advancing Nutrition—will bring together international and local organisations from various sectors and different disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate activities that combat malnutrition.
“We are delighted to be a part of this new flagship USAID programme to advance nutrition” said GAIN Executive Director, Dr.Lawrence Haddad, “USAID has always been a global leader in linking nutrition to human development, and this new investment will be critical to delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are also delighted to be working under JSI’s leadership with so many excellent partners”.
Other core implementing partners include Helen Keller International (HKI), National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA), and Save the Children U.S, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Results for Development (R4D), The Manoff Group, The African Nutrition Leadership Programme at North-West University (ANLP), Cornell University, and the University of California-Davis.
“This new initiative has enormous potential to improve the health and nutritional status of vulnerable populations around the globe by working across sectors to address the root causes of malnutrition,” said Heather Danton, Director of the new USAID Advancing Nutrition project. “JSI is excited about this opportunity to work with a wide range of partners to improve nutrition outcomes for people, families, and communities in support of the Agency’s efforts to save lives and promote strong, productive citizens and self-reliant societies.”
Poor nutrition results in millions of deaths among children each year and costs billions of dollars in lost productivity. USAID Advancing Nutrition will take a multi-sectoral approach to address the root causes of malnutrition by building local capacity, supporting behaviour change, and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity, and advance development.
“GAIN will support the programme by bringing its thinking and expertise around market-based solutions to tackling malnutrition” added Dr.Lawrence Haddad.
Published 11 December 2018