Zero child hunger: breaking the cycle of malnutrition

Is there enough evidence to show that increased household income and a better diet can improve children’s nutritional status? Drawing from a recent systematic review (Masset of agricultural interventions aimed at improving the nutritional status of children, the key findings are:

  • Nutrition-focused agricultural interventions are short-term and cannot address the root causes of malnutrition.
  • Agricultural interventions to tackle malnutrition are not reaching the very poorest and those most at risk to chronic hunger.
  • Nutrition-focused agricultural interventions may increase income from one source but they may also result in reduced income from other sources.
  • Bio-fortification (fortifying foods with vitamins and minerals) may help but is not yet a proven solution.

SR18 life-cycle WASH

Using a life-cycle approach to target WASH policies and programmes in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

Systematic review 3ie 2018
The brief summarises a systematic review on the effectiveness of two approaches to targeting populations in programmes and policies to reduce barriers to accessing WASH services and strategies during the MDGs.


Creating active labour markets: how to improve employment outcomes for young women and men

Systematic review 3ie 2017
This brief is based on a systematic review which examines the effects of active labour market programmes for youth, including training and skills development, entrepreneurship promotion, employment services and subsidised employment.


Community-based health insurance: how to promote effective and equitable coverage?

Systematic review 3ie 2017
The brief is based on a systematic review examining the demand and supply factors that affect uptake and renewal of community-based voluntary health insurance schemes in L&MICs.


Access to health: How to reduce child and maternal mortality?

Systematic review 3ie 2010
Systematic reviews show that access to community-based health services reduces neonatal mortality and still births, but t he effect on maternal mortality is harder to detect.

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Focus on Female Genital Mutilation

Systematic review 3ie 2013
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) has negative health consequences for women, ranging from pain, bleeding, and shock due to chronic infections. Around 140 million girls and women live with the risks caused by FGM/C, of which 92 million girls and women are in Africa.