Active Research

SMART+: Revolutionizing Nutrition Assessments

University of Toronto

Malnutrition remains a pressing challenge in Kenya when considering hardly reached populations. The lack of technical capacity to collect quality descriptive data means that underrepresented populations are overlooked when designing solutions to the double burden of undernutrition and overweight/ obesity. Action Against Hunger Canada has developed a web-based initiative called SMART+ to amalgamate the interests of a wide array of stakeholders to improve the primary collection and analysis of nutrition assessment data while reducing manual data collection and data duplication. This case study will analyze the economic value of identifying malnourished-children earlier and digitalizing the collection of mass anthropometric data. The team will also consider how the emphasis on localized participation in the tool’s development and implementation may impact its global scalability.

This research is conducted in collaboration with Action Against Hunger Canada. Action Against Hunger Canada is an international humanitarian organization that fights hunger and its root causes worldwide.