Transform Nutrition - Using evidence to inspire action

News from Transform Nutrition

Winter 2013

Welcome to the second issue of Transform Nutrition e-news. Transform Nutrition is a consortium of six international research and development partners. Using research-based evidence we aim to inspire effective action to address undernutrition.

Nutrition Champions 2013

Three individuals were recognised for their transformative efforts to improve nutrition, health and opportunities for women and children at the SUN Global Gathering in New York in September. These 2013 Transform Nutrition Champion Award honorees, represent the breadth of action and investment that has helped to raise nutrition on the global agenda and drive progress in nations around the globe. They were drawn from a very strong shortlist of 14 nominations. Read their inspiring stories here.

Women's empowerment in nutrition

Transform Nutrition has just completed its latest Evidence Review Women's empowerment and nutrition. Written by Mara van den Bold, IFPRI, the paper reflects on the concept and measurement of women’s empowerment, and then reviews some of the structural interventions that aim to influence underlying gender norms in society and eradicate gender discrimination. It goes on to review the evidence of the impact of three types of interventions - cash transfer programs, agricultural interventions, and microfinance programs - on women’s empowerment, nutrition, or both.

2013 Lancet series on maternal and child nutrition

Transform Nutrition partners have been very active in this new series, effectively leading the development of paper 3 on nutrition-sensitive interventions and paper 4 on the politics of reducing malnutrition. Read the blogs by Transform Nutrition researchers and paper authors Purnima Menon, Stuart Gillespie and Lawrence Haddad for our perspective. We also participated and helped organise the launch events in our partner countries India, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Transforming Nutrition Ideas 2013 

25 participants including policy makers, practitioners and donors participated in the summer school at IDS in July. This year the focus was on the new Lancet Series and Lawrence Haddad, IDS and Purnima Menon, IFPRI were the co convenors of the course. Read Lawrence's reflections here.


To mark World Food Day, the Institute of Development Studies published country scorecards based on findings from the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI). HANCI is partly funded by Transform Nutrition and is the first global index of its kind and shows where political commitment is strongest. This is complemented by IFPRI's Global Hunger Index which tracks and measures rates of hunger and undernutrition. Listen to the podcast  about HANCI and the Global Hunger Index.

Copenhagen Consensus

Copenhagen Consensus 2012 was a high profile thought experiment about how a hypothetical extra $75 billion of development assistance money might best be spent to solve twelve of the major crises facing the world today.Transform Nutrition research director John Hoddinott et al. presents the case for Hunger and Malnutrition in this new book Global problems, smart solutions. The Copenhagen Consensus 2012 Expert Panel found that fighting malnourishment should be the top priority for policy-makers and philanthropists. You can read the challenge paper and IFPRI blog here.

Eldis nutrition resource guide

The new Eldis nutrition resource guide is now available and provides easy access to an extensive online database of resources on nutrition and development. It includes research evidence, policy documents, toolkits and other free-to-access resources relating to nutrition.

About us

Transform Nutrition is a consortium of five international research and development partners funded by the UK government. Over 5 years, from 2012-2017, Transform Nutrition aims to transform thinking and action on nutrition and strengthen nutrition-relevant evidence in order to accelerate undernutrition reduction in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. For more information, please visit

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