Action Agenda

Women and girls are not poor. But for millions, their circumstances are.

All women and girls have an innate right to good nutrition, which is essential for her health, immunity, resilience to disease and her overall well-being and cognition.

At the same time, good nutrition for women and girls has a profound impact on the well-being and socio-economic development of society.
At FHI Solutions, we are working with partners to make good nutrition for women and girls a geopolitical imperative.

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Our focus at the country and regional level is in India, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Southeast Asia. Country experience will be used to influence a cohesive global response.

Breaking intergenerational cycles through optimal maternal nutrition.

Nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday set the foundation for all the days that follow. Good maternal nutrition improves nutrition outcomes throughout a child’s life, increasing their cognition and overall development as well as and life-long resistance to non-communicable disease.

Maternal nutrition interventions have been linked to significant increases in GDP, while micro-nutrient interventions have been shown to have a rate of return of up to 1.16 for every dollar invested.

For more information, email:

Deborah Ash, Project Director
dash@fhi360.org

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Through our Action Agenda,
we call on global leaders for urgent actions:

Equitable education and economic inclusion is needed for all women and girls, no matter where they live.

Financial and food systems must be made equitable so that all women and girls can access and afford healthy foods.

Rising costs of living must be mitigated, along with catastrophic supply chain shortages, and resulting household food insecurity, which have been ushered in by COVID-19 and which impact women and girls most.

Supply chains can be improved with co-benefits  nutrition and climate, such as climate adaptation and mitigation measures, large-scale food fortification, protecting indigenous knowledge and farming methods, and soil regeneration.

Maternal and young child nutrition must be improved through proven interventions, such as exclusive breastfeeding, nutrition counselling, multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) and balanced energy protein supplementation.

Women farmers require support to ensure equal access to credit, financial literacy, cooperatives, and farming inputs alongside climate smart financing.

Women and girls continue to be the hardest hit by the climate crisis, conflict, and COVID-19

A girl out of school during the pandemic is more likely to experience malnutrition and be at risk of early marriage, which is likely to reduce her ability to earn income and increase chances of early pregnancy.

At the same time, women and girls play a pivotal role in driving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through farming and agriculture. Yet, they are most affected by the negative consequences of climate change and the Ukraine crisis.

Unless we act now, we risk giving women the responsibility for saving the environment and driving our food system, without addressing whether they have the resources or capacity to do so.

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