As host to the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III (FANTA) project for more than 15 years, FHI 360 provided global- and national-level technical assistance to both governments and implementing organizations around the world.
Through FANTA, FHI 360 served as the primary nutrition technical partner to the U.S. Government’s Bureau for Global Health and Office of Food for Peace (FFP). The project led the development and popularization of modern approaches for the measurement of nutritional status and infant and young child feeding, contributed to the development of community-based management of acute malnutrition, and led efforts to address the nutritional needs of people living with or affected by HIV and/or AIDS. Furthermore, the project developed FFP’s early conceptual frameworks, policies and approaches; conducted food security assessments on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) missions; developed country-level food security strategies; and routinely reviewed proposals on behalf of USAID.
At the country level, FANTA provided technical assistance to governments around the world to develop national nutrition policies, strategies and guidelines, and assisted governments in prioritizing investments in nutrition through the widely utilized PROFILES tool. The project tested novel nutrition approaches and published findings in peer-reviewed journals and technical briefs. Over its duration, FANTA generated more than 500 publications and technical resources.
Many of the policies and guidelines developed with the support of the FANTA project continue to drive countries’ nutrition priorities and programming to this day. The FANTA project’s website remains active and registers hundreds of users every year, and many of the FANTA project’s staff continue to work with FHI 360, carrying forward our long nutrition legacy and maintaining our deep networks with countries around the world.