The Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III (FANTA) project strives to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals, families and communities in developing countries by strengthening food security and nutrition policies, strategies, programs and systems within a multisectoral context. The project provides comprehensive technical support to improve the capacity of country governments designated as priorities by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) — as well as civil society, national and international organizations — to advocate for, plan, implement and evaluate nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs. FANTA also fosters collaboration and cooperation among all government sectors and levels to improve nutrition and food security.
Working at global and country levels, FANTA strengthens the evidence base, program and research methods, the design and implementation of programs, and global standards for food security and nutrition programming.
The project’s core work includes:
- Building the evidence base for nutrition programming through implementation research
- Strengthening multisectoral nutrition governance to improve nationally led scale-up and sustainability of nutrition programming
- Developing innovative tools and resources to design and improve nutrition and food security programs
- Fostering multisectoral approaches and linkages among sectors, such as between nutrition and agriculture, health, economic and livelihood strengthening, social support, environmental protection, water and sanitation, and finance
- Providing technical assistance to enhance maternal and child nutrition and health and helping to integrate gender issues into nutrition and food security programs
- Strengthening national capacity to implement nutrition assessment, counseling and support (NACS) services for people living with HIV, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases and otherwise incorporating food and nutrition support into the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases
- Integrating management of acute malnutrition into national health systems
- Providing technical assistance on monitoring and evaluation, indicator development, data collection and survey sampling
FANTA is currently active in Botswana, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Mozambique and Uganda. The project was previously active in Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia. Managed by FHI 360, FANTA is a cooperative agreement funded by USAID.