Leveraging Essential Nutrition Actions to Reduce Malnutrition (LEARN)

More than one-third of children in Myanmar are chronically malnourished, affecting their future physical and mental development. This also directly impacts a child’s productivity later on in life, reducing future income by at least 20 per cent.

As such, investing in child nutrition presents vast benefits, for their future health, physical and mental development and productivity. Overall, malnutrition costs poor developing countries such as Myanmar between 2 and 11 per cent in GDP losses each year.  Globally, there is now growing recognition that there is a need for nutrition-sensitive programming across all development work in order to address malnutrition.

In 2012, Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) has funded a consortium of Save the Children, in partnership with Action Contre la Faim (ACF) and Helen Keller International (HKI) to support non-government organisations to implement more nutrition-sensitive programmes.

What we do:

The goal of the project is to increase the capacity of local and international non-government organisations to deliver a more comprehensive approach to food security that includes all three food security pillars: availability, access and utilization.

We provide technical advice on how to make food security and livelihoods programmes nutrition-sensitive, and provide nutrition training for our partner organisations.

Specifically, we support LIFT partners through: 

  • Providing training sessions on how to make food security & livelihoods projects more nutrition-sensitive;
  • Assisting implementing partners through project site visits and feedback on upcoming proposals;
  • Developing and sharing IEC and guidance material related to nutrition-sensitive programming.
  • Supporting integrated food security & nutrition assessments.

Funded By:


  • LEARN Technical Brief : Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Food Security & Livelihoods Programmes
  • Practical Field Manual by ACF on how to design nutrition-sensitive FSL interventions: Le Cuziat, Geraldine and Hanna Mattinen (July 2011). Maximizing the nutritional impact of food security and livelihoods interventions: a manual for field workers.
  • Learning about Nutrition Facilitator's Guide, Flip Chart Story 1 and 2, Visual Aids developed by LEARN as a tool to conduct nutrition education in English and Myanmar languages. Our full nutrition facilitator's guide (in Myanmar language and English) has been developed and is available now.
  • Nutrition Promotion Month 2014 Flyers with nutrition messages in were developed each week by LEARN, including tips on how to consider nutrition in food security and livelihoods projects. Find them on the resource section.
  • 1000 Days video: In collaboration with the National Nutrition Centre, LEARN and LIFT have produced a video that will be widely distributed on local TV channels. Reflecting the 1000 days message of the Scaling Up Nutrition project, of which Myanmar is a country member, the video runs for one and a half minutes and is in Myanmar language. Please watch and share it widely!

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Whelan (elizabeth.whelan@savethechildren.org) or Saw Eden (saw.eden@savethechildren.org).