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What is undernutrition?



Undernutrition, in general terms, is the outcome of the insufficient quantity and quality of food intake associated with diseases and poor child care practices. It describes a range of conditions than can be classified as 1) stunting, or chronic undernutrition, 2) wasting, or acute undernutrition, 3) underweight and 4) micronutrient deficiencies.

Factors and pathways leading to undernutrition are diverse, complex, and most often interconnected. The immediate determinants are related to food and nutrient intake and to health. Underlying determinants include household food insecurity, inappropriate care practices and unsafe environment including low access to quality water, sanitation and hygiene, inadequate access or availability to health services and education, which are themselves often linked.
All these factors increase vulnerability to shocks and long term stresses.
© Samuel Hauenstein Swan, ACF UK - Ethiopie

Why did we developped the Link NCA methodology?



Action Against Hunger has observed that a frequent shortcoming of nutrition programmes is their lack of profound assessments and situational analysis. Instead, routine, large-scale assessments are implemented, providing general analyses that often overlook the specificities of the local contexts and the challenges of vulnerable and marginalized groups, and the unique factors that contribute to their under-nutrition vulnerability.

Why should you do a Link NCA?



«The Link NCA method was created with the objective of helping define response strategies for tackling under-nutrition. It is addressed to operational organizations and  authorities or governments in charge of developing intervention policies. A Link NCA study is recommended for contexts that are not in crisis situations but where the problem of under-nutrition is widely established and where there exist high levels and different kinds of under-nutrition. It is especially advised for contexts where continuous attempts to fight this problem have been made but with little success.»
(J. Morel, Nutrition Security Senior Advisor, Action Against Hunger).
© Nicolas Chauveau - Kenya