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Innovative and “nutrition-sensitive” food security intervention for improved nutrition.

Food security is a key issue recognized by the United Nations (UN) with the Right to Food in the Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Within the framework of informal economy, food security has a major role in reducing the vulnerability of people dependant on the informal economy and enhancing their livelihoods. Thus, a major importance has to be given to food production processes especially in communities with a high level of informality.

The SUSTAIN program implemented by Action Contre la Faim (ACF), the Groupe de Recherche et d’Echanges Technologiques (GRET), and Welthungerhilfe (WHH) in Myanmar, aimed to sustainably improve the nutritional status of the most vulnerable populations. This goal was to be achieved through the introduction of innovative “Nutrition-sensitive” interventions to address food insecurity. The 46-month program aimed to tackle nutrition from several angles through an integrated approach including nutritious food production, natural resources management, market linkages, income generation, nutrition and care practices.

The best practices highlighted during the program implementation are the following ones:

  • While designing IE related project, consider food security issues and include in some form the nutritional component into IE projects.
  • While designing such kind of projects, realize a robust gender analysis
  • IE projects targeting nutritional issues should be developed through the elaboration and implementation of an integrated approach involving all the stakeholders
  • Implement an initial feasibility study when introducing Income Generating Activities (IGAs) and/or home gardening to assess which type of IGAs and/or vegetables is realistic to be promoted and which ones can have a positive impact.

More detailed information on this good practice is available at the page 88 of the volume 4.3 “Good Practices and Lessons Learned – Case studies of 15 EC-funded projects”

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Pierre Berman
7 May 2018

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