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Stories of Change in Nutrition – A new platform

As nutrition policymakers and leaders grapple with the challenge of malnutrition in West Africa and elsewhere, many have voiced a demand for evidence on how nutrition improves, and how to proactively improve nutrition outcomes. It is a call for experiential learning that draws upon the experiences of policymakers, nutrition leaders, program managers, and implementers in…

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Investing in the Data Value Chain for nutrition in West Africa: a Call To Action

by Roos Verstraeten (TNWA/IFPRI), Rebecca Heidkamp (DataDENT) and Barbara Baille (UNICEF) The Together for Nutrition: West African Data Forum was convened in Saly, Senegal in February 2020 by a group of regional and global partners. The group was led by Transform Nutrition West Africa, an initiative of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and…

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COVID-19, Food and Nutrition in West Africa: potential impacts and resources

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to generate unprecedented global impacts. Much has already been written about potential interactions with food and nutrition security. To date, this has largely comprised questions and hypotheses, as well as experiences and lessons learnt from past epidemics. Many organizations have a dedicated web page, including IFPRI.  On 1 April, Lancet Global…

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Time to act on malnutrition in all its forms in West Africa

By Roos Verstraeten The World Health Organization (WHO) has characterized the double burden of malnutrition (DBM) as “the coexistence of undernutrition (i.e. micronutrient deficiencies, underweight, and childhood stunting and wasting), along with overweight and obesity, or diet-related noncommunicable diseases, within individuals, households and populations, and across the life course”. These forms of malnutrition are no…

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Transform Nutrition West Africa at the 16th ECOWAS Nutrition Forum

By Loty Diop and Roos Verstraeten Transform Nutrition West Africa participated in the 16th ECOWAS Forum on Nutrition held in Monrovia from the 18th to 20th November 2019 on the theme “Adolescent Nutrition: Institutionalizing sustainable actions for improved outcomes in West Africa”. The forum, which is held every two years, is a regional platform that…

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Transform Nutrition West Africa’s Stories of Change in Nutrition – the story so far in Ghana and Burkina Faso

By Richmond Aryeetey, Olutayo Adeyemi, Mara Van Den Bold, Elodie Becquey. Nick Nisbett, Zusia Turowska The ‘stories of change in nutrition’ initiative is a series of studies designed to systematically assess and analyse drivers of change in countries that have had success in accelerating improvements in nutrition. The multi-methods approach, which combines data and policy…

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Training to lead nutrition change in West Africa

by Namukolo Covic, October 2019 The Transform Nutrition West Africa project teamed up with the African Nutrition Leadership Programme (ANLP) to facilitate the capacity strengthening course  “Leading Change in Nutrition”. Twenty participants from 8 countries (Benin, Mali, Togo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Nigeria and Burkina Faso) participated in the 5-day short course in Saly, Senegal and…

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Transform Nutrition West Africa at the Nutrition Society of Nigeria Annual Conference

By Olutayo Adeyemi, Namukolo Covic, Folake Samuel and Roos Verstraeten Transform Nutrition West Africa organized 2 sessions at the Nutrition Society of Nigeria Annual Conference in Abuja, September 2019. Dr Olutayo Adeyemi, who leads the data collection for Transform Nutrition West Africa’s Stories of Change project in Nigeria, made two plenary presentations. These focused on…