Multisectoral Approaches to Nutrition

Results for Development provides expert advice and support to change agents on how to research, design, test, execute and evaluate multisectoral responses to malnutrition.


The Challenge

Malnutrition is a multifaceted problem that requires coordinated efforts across multiple sectors, including health, agriculture, WASH, social protection, education and others. Investments in direct, high-impact nutrition interventions are necessary but not sufficient: the underlying causes of malnutrition must also be addressed. However, multisectoral planning and programming — whether at the state, national, regional or global level — is not easy to achieve in traditional policy environments, where siloed decision-making within ministries (or other sector-specific units) is the norm and multisectoral data for decision-making is weak.

Our Approach

R4D seeks to understand what works in multisectoral nutrition, to increase access to multisectoral data and to support decision-makers in planning comprehensive approaches to tackling malnutrition. And, as an expert advisor and thought partner, R4D brings expertise in health, education, agriculture and WASH to all of its nutrition work.

In India, we have documented lessons learned from multisectoral nutrition efforts at the state level so that other states can replicate this approach. In Ethiopia, we have worked with the government to assemble expenditure data across multiple sectors to promote improved multisectoral planning. And we’re supporting the African Development Bank in the development of its multisectoral plan of action for nutrition.


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