Nutrition clearly relates to the second United Nations Sustainable Development Goal – to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture – but it also underpins many of the others. Adequate nutrition – particularly during a child’s first 1000 days between conception and their second birthday – is key to their physical and cognitive development.
We generate reliable and relevant evidence to inform policy and programme development, making sure the evidence is available to the necessary decision makers. As well as advising on the implementation of nutrition programmes, we emphasise integrating gender analysis into these initiatives. We also assess the impact of social protection schemes on the nutrition of the most vulnerable households, and build local capacity for continuing research and evidence uptake.