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Essential Nutrition Concepts for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Activities

This is Session Two of seven that are included in the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Training Resource Package.

This session creates the foundation in nutritional principles and practices that is necessary to understand the root causes of malnutrition. The concepts here focus on the importance of the “first 1,000 days,” maternal and young child nutrition, and how to break the cycle of malnutrition. This session is most comprehensive when it is delivered by a nutritionist or someone with extensive knowledge in nutrition. The content included here explains nutrition concepts in detail, and can be used either as a review of essential information for experienced nutritionists or as a foundation in nutrition for agriculturalists. By the end of this session, participants will be able to—

  1. describe five forms of malnutrition
  2. analyze the essential needs of infants, children and mothers, especially during the period from conception to the child’s second birthday (the “first 1,000 days”)
  3. identify strategies for interrupting the cycle of malnutrition.

Download the Session Guide and related materials below.