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Technical Briefs and Papers

Insight | Issue 7: Ensuring adequate nutrient intake

Publication Date: 
Friday, November 8, 2013

This issue examines why infants require a much higher quality diet than other members of the household, identifies nutrient gaps in typical complementary food diets, and describes strategies for achieving adequate nutrient intake among children 6-24 months old.

Insight | Issue 6: Novel and underused food sources of key nutrients for complementary feeding

Publication Date: 
Monday, March 4, 2013

Eight-page brief explores the potential contribution that underused, micronutrient-rich foods could make in addressing nutrient gaps in complementary foods; provides examples of infant and young child feeding (IYCF) projects that have attempted to promote underused foods; and makes suggestions for ways that projects can work across sectors to promote access to and consumption of underused foods by young childr

Technical paper: Identifying micronutrient gaps in the diets of breastfed 6-11-month-old infants

Publication Date: 
Friday, October 12, 2012

Twenty-three page paper describes the methodology and results of using linear programming to determine whether micronutrient requirements could be met using only unfortified local foods in three countries (regardless of cost or feasibility issues), and if not, which micronutrients were most limiting in local diets.

Insight | Issue 5: Essential fats for mothers and infants: Another dimension of dietary quality (English and Vietnamese)

Nine-page brief discusses why the intake of essential fats in the last trimester of pregnancy and the first 2 years after birth is critical for the development of the brain and nervous system and presents intervention strategies that can improve the fatty acid status of vulnerable populations.

Insight | Issue 4: Nutrition and brain development in early life (English and Vietnamese)

Thirteen-page brief reviews evidence of the effect of undernutrition from conception through the first two years of life on brain development and on the short-term and long-term development of cognitive, motor, and socio-emotional skills.

Insight | Issue 3: Early child growth: how do nutrition and infection interact? (English and Vietnamese)

Publication Date: 
Monday, June 20, 2011

Ten-page brief explores the relationship between nutrition and infection by reviewing the available evidence on whether infection diminishes the positive impact of nutrition interventions on child growth and whether improved nutrition limits the negative impact of infections on child growth.

Insight | Issue 2: Why stunting matters (English and Vietnamese)

Publication Date: 
Monday, September 13, 2010

Seven-page brief discusses the negative effects of stunting on survival, childhood and adult health, learning capacity, and productivity and outlinesinterventions to prevent stunting.

Insight | Issue 1: Impact of early initiation of exclusive breastfeeding (English and Vietnamese)

Publication Date: 
Friday, January 8, 2010

Six-page brief explores the pathways by which early and exclusive breastfeeding reduces newborn deaths and discusses program implications.