Latin America & Caribbean

Latin America & Caribbean
National Food Security Assessment through the Analysis of Food Consumption Data from Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys: The Case of Brazil’s Pesquisa de Orçamento Familiares 2008/09

This report shows that failing to account for food consumed for free at school may significantly distort the assessment of the distribution of food consumption among households, and therefore the assessment of the extent of food insecurity, in Brazil. The results of the analysis, based on food consumption data from the 2008/09, enable a revision of the FAO estimate of the Prevalence of...

Integrating and Strengthening Nutrition in Agriculture and Maternal and Child Health Programs in Guatemala: A Report on FANTA Activities from 2011 to 2017

This report showcases FANTA’s work in Guatemala between 2011 and 2017. FANTA has supported work on stunting prevention in the country by engaging the Government of Guatemala and partners in multisectoral efforts to integrate and strengthen nutrition in health and agriculture interventions, particularly those targeting women and children in the Western Highlands.

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Cracking the Egg's Potential to Improve Child Growth and Development

Stunting and loss of a child’s developmental potential are complex human capital problems, which arise from poverty and other environmental and biological problems. Nutritional interventions to address stunting have largely focused on fortified foods or supplements and limited evidence exists for using locally available nutritious foods.

This seminar presented findings from a...

Cracking the Egg’s Potential to Improve Child Growth and Development

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Stunting and loss of a child’s developmental potential are complex human capital problems, which arise from poverty and other environmental and biological problems. Nutritional interventions to address stunting have largely focused on fortified foods or supplements and limited...

Study on Shock-Responsive Social Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean: Haiti Case Study

This report investigates factors enabling social protection systems to be more responsive to shocks in Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on Hurricane Matthew and the 2015/16 drought, during which almost 90% of farmers lost their harvest in the worst affected areas.. Emergency response in Haiti remains strongly dependent on international humanitarian assistance and is highly fragmented...

Smart School Meals: Nutrition-Sensitive National Programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean

This study highlights country practices that can serve to inform nutrition-sensitive school meals interventions. The analysis draws on decades of primary and secondary sources of information in 16 Latin America and Caribbean countries, and finds school meals interventions have advanced remarkably. The authors also find that the nutritional potential of school meals could be optimized by: 1) a...

Evidence on the Impact and Cost-Effectiveness of Preventing Malnutrition in the First 1,000 Days

The USAID Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) will present the findings from its multi-year studies on the impact and cost-effectiveness of the Preventing Malnutrition in Children Under 2 Approach (PM2A) in Burundi and Guatemala. The event is hosted by FANTA, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), IFPRI, and Mercy Corps, with support from the USAID/FFP. 

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Invertir en la Primera Infancia | Investing in the Early Years

Spanish-language webinar presented by socialprotection.org, and the second in the Country Dialogue on Social Protection series. This event will feature representatives from the Governments of Peru (Crece Contigo program), Chile (Crece Contigo program), and Brazil, as well as technical specialists from the World Bank.

En Espagnol. El webinario «Invertir en la primera...

How can we Ensure that Nutrition Isn’t Overlooked in Food Security Projects?

Denise van Wissen co-led workshops on nutrition-sensitive agriculture in Nicaragua from February to April 2017. This blog is a personal reflection of the challenges and surprises while working with agronomists and other project staff. More background, as well as presentations, reports, and even facilitator contracts to create the workshop series, are available at ...

The Cost of the Double Burden of Malnutrition: Social and Economic Impact

This report explains a pilot study to model effects and costs of the double burden of malnutrition in three countries in LAC (Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico).  Specifically, the report assesses the effects and costs associated with undernutrition, then presents the estimates for overweight and obesity, and finally explains the total costs of the double burden of malnutrition. The authors...

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