Please note that this implementation brief applies to the 2013 USAID Water and Development Strategy, which has been replaced by the 2017 U.S. Government Global Water Strategy and USAID Water and Development Plan. Click here for more information.
The Water and Development Strategy calls for increased integration of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and food security programs. USAID’s water programs will be amplifying the goals of the Feed the Future Initiative by ensuring improved agricultural water management and WASH components are integrated into food security programs whenever possible and appropriate for the local context.
At the nexus of WASH and food security programs lies nutrition. Improvements in WASH and nutrition confer benefits on their own, but their complex interactions are inextricably linked. The objective of this Implementation Brief is to provide the evidence base for those linkages and offer programmatic approaches to better address these two sectors simultaneously.