USAID/Zambia Economic Development Office - Scaling Up Nutrition Technical Assistance (SUN TA)

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The SUN TA project helps Zambia accelerate progress towards better nutrition.
USAID/Zambia Chando Mapoma

Zambia is a member of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) global network to end malnutrition, focused on improving nutrition and quality of life for its children. Good nutrition is fundamental for children’s growth and development; however, due to chronic malnutrition, 35 percent of Zambian children under age five are stunted.

The USAID SUN TA project is helping Zambia accelerate progress toward better nutrition. This integrated activity, working hand in hand with the National Food and Nutrition Commission and other donors to provide needs-based nutrition technical capacity strengthening, focuses on reducing stunting by two percent per year in select districts across Zambia.

USAID SUN TA supports efforts across multiple ministries to provide coordinated and impactful nutrition programs at the household level. The project works with cross-sectoral coordinating committees at provincial, district, and ward levels to identify nutrition challenges, identify gaps in programming, prioritize and develop approaches to address those gaps, and provide technical support to create long lasting solutions to improve nutrition that can be replicated across the country.

The partner project, SUN Learning and Evaluation Program, works with the government, SUN TA, and other donors, to measure progress in improving nutrition and conduct special studies to inform best practices.

  • Life of Project: February 2019 – February 2026
  • Location: Central, Copperbelt, Northern, and Luapula Provinces
  • Partner: DAI
  • USAID Investment (Life of Project): $71 million


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