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Compendium of Indicators for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture

Evidence suggests that the health sector will only make up 20% of the efforts needed to reduce the burden of malnutrition by means of nutrition-specific interventions. Reducing sustained rates of malnutrition requires joint action between the health, agriculture, social protection, and education sectors.


While these sectors clearly must collaborate, the impact pathways from production, social protection and natural resource management to dietary intake, care practices and health are long and differ significantly between regions, socioeconomic groups, and within households. As such, it is important to identify ways to measure what difference “nutrition-sensitive” interventions are making and how these can be improved. The compendium aims to support those responsible for designing nutrition-sensitive food and agricultural investments to select appropriate indicators to measure whether, and if so via which pathways, investments are contributing to improved nutrition. It features a list of indicators, including a description of what each indicator measures, when it is relevant and how data is collected and analyzed, along with related technical resources.


“ There is no magic recipe for multisectoral action. Nutrition specific and nutrition-sensitive programs, together with changes in the underlying determinants and the enabling environment, all have important roles to play. When they come together in a virtuous circle, they can lead to significant improvements in people’s nutrition status.” – Global Nutrition Report, 2014


A PDF file of the publication can be downloaded here.

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