Access to food is only the beginning. Abt Associates recognizes that incorporating nutritional considerations into food security strategies is crucial to ensuring human health, particularly for vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, children, and the elderly. We help our clients determine dietary profiles and nutritional intakes within regions, communities and families, given them the necessary data to diagnose, design, and evaluate interventions. Our initiatives also promote sustainable farming technologies, crop diversification, and micronutrient fortification of staple goods such as rice, flour and vegetable oil.
Interwoven in overall efforts to boost the quantity and quality of foods, Abt applies appropriate use of Essential Nutrition Actions to improve the diets of children in the first one thousand days, a window of opportunity for children to receive essential nutrients from in-utero until age two. We have partnered in initiatives to reduce salt intake to prevent cardiovascular diseases while retaining the mental development benefits of supplying sufficient iodine. Our in-house experts design courses in human nutrition for non-health professionals involved in USAID’s Feed the Future food security programs, and collaborate in high-level policy discussions about mass fortification as a public health intervention.
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Division Vice President,
International Economic Growth