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Adolescent Nutrition in West Africa – Evidence Note

Adolescent nutrition in West Africa is the focus of our latest Evidence Note. We have mapped research in this area to shed light on the trends in research and identify gaps in knowledge. Adolescents have often been overlooked in nutrition policy and programming. However, there is growing momentum to target this group through the Global…

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Transform Nutrition West Africa: Looking back to move forward

Four years ago, a group of senior scientists from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), along with representatives from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the African Nutrition Leadership Programme (ANLP), came together to address malnutrition in West Africa through the Transform Nutrition West Africa…

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Unpacking the complexity of improved nutrition in Ghana

Two new research initiatives have commenced in Ghana. These are ‘Stories of Change in Nutrition in Ghana’, and ‘Leveraging Food Systems for Improved Nutrition in Ghana’. Both have been initiated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). This report provides a summary of a consultative stakeholder meeting held jointly by the two initiatives on…

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Mobile phones, nutrition, and agriculture in Ghana: Cost-Effectiveness Baseline Report

Background: This is the baseline report for the cost-effectiveness analysis of the Vodafone Farmers Club, Ghana, a ValueAdded Service supported by a grant from GSMA as a part of the mNutrition programme. mNutrition is a global initiative supported by DFID, organised by GSMA, and implemented by in-country mobile network operators (MNOs) to use mobile technology to improve the health and nutritional status of children and adults in low-income countries around the world.

Method: Undertook a literature review of the cost-effectiveness of agricultural and nutrition interventions. This allows for:

enabling the cost-effectiveness to be compared with programmes that have some similar elements to the Vodafone Farmer’s Club.
Create a framework for the analysis in 2019 (from the literature and baseline data)
Collect and collate known costs at this point in time, with the specific view of gathering and monitoring missing costs in the coming period.
Analysis: Defined in three components: including setup and ongoing costs for the specific intervention (Vodafone Farmers Club) (analysis A), wider mNutrition programmatic costs (analysis B), and a scenario that included societal costs including farmer costs and benefits (analysis C).

The report is one of four baseline deliverables on the Vodafone Farmer’s Club project, each of which will be followed up by a final report at the end of the evaluation exercise in 2019.

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Bringing together nutrition research in Ghana

Transform Nutrition West Africa researchers met with University of Ghana, Sheffield University and Institute of Development Studies researchers in Ghana in June 2018. The meeting was linked to The Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health (ANH) Academy’s third annual conference in Accra, Ghana. This sub meeting aimed to: To start a dialogue between researchers (at national and…