The Infant & Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project, led by PATH, has launched a new collection of tools for strengthening community-based nutrition programming. The collection includes literature reviews, training materials, and monitoring and evaluation tools.
IYCN has used the resources to reach mothers and engage those with influence over the feeding of young children, such as fathers, grandmothers, and community leaders, in efforts to improve nutrition during a child's first 1,000 days of life. Those working to improve child nutrition can use the tools together or separately in community-based programs and adapt them based on findings from formative research and their programmatic needs.
Representatives of IYCN recently shared the new tools and resources with more than 150 colleagues during a half-day meeting titled "What works for community-based nutrition programming?" Stephanie Martin, IYCN behavior change communication specialist, introduced the new tools. Denise Lionetti, IYCN project director, led a discussion featuring representatives from five countries and the project’s partners on challenges, experiences, and future directions for community nutrition interventions.