Optimizing Local Diets through Households and Market Pathways to Improve Nutrition for Women and Children

This guide is for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)-funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) Implementing Partners (IPs) and is intended for use by a multi-disciplinary RFSA team. RFSAs typically include a food assistance resource transfer component, a key benefit of which is to support age-appropriate complementary feeding of children 6–23 months of age and improve women’s or household dietary diversity. However, to sustain these benefits in the long term, RFSAs often look to transition to using local alternatives. This guide aims to support RFSA IPs’ transition from providing resource transfers to using locally available, accessible, and affordable alternatives to sustain nutrition outcomes for women and children under age two. It provides resources, workbooks, templates, and tools with instructions on how to optimize the use of local foods to improve women and children’s nutrition and dietary diversity in a given program area.

Last modified: February 9, 2024

Language: English

Source: USAID Advancing Nutrition

Year of Publication: 2023