A Shared Strategy for Nutrition: Ensuring Every Child Has the Potential for a Healthy and Productive Life

May 22, 2014 |

On May 22, 2014, USAID launched the 2014–2025 Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy [PDF, 1.32MB]. This strategy is the first of its kind at the Agency and builds upon President Obama’s commitment to create a world where every child has the potential for a healthy and productive life.

In the strategy, USAID prioritizes the prevention of malnutrition given the irreversible consequences of chronic undernutrition early in life; establishes very clear targets for how America’s investment in nutrition will reduce stunting; and recommends ways the United States can advance global food security and build resilience for millions of people. With it, USAID commits to working across priorities to ensure that safe and nutritious foods are accessible, healthy dietary practices are followed and the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases are prioritized. The strategy references and supports the U.S. Government Action Plan on Children in Adversity and underscores the connection between nutrition and early child development.

The U.S. Government is currently developing a Global Nutrition Coordination Plan to better coordinate U.S. Government global investments in nutrition. The development of this coordination plan reflects the U.S. Government's commitment to work in partnership with the global community, in a multisectoral way, to address malnutrition challenges, including overnutrition and undernutrition. Visit www.globalhealth.gov for more background information on the plan, the draft outline and the framework.