Scaling-up nutrition-sensitive agricultural initiatives in Vietnam and Lao PDR
Food insecurity and malnutrition remain persistent challenges among upland populations in Asia. Interventions are often fragmented and address immediate rather than underlying causes. Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) is a relatively new inter-sectoral, multi-level food system approach aiming to maximise agriculture’s contribution to improved food security and nutrition. Building upon existing interventions in Vietnam and Lao PDR, this project generates evidence on the effectiveness of, and best way to scale-up, NSA amongst ethnic minorities in mountainous areas.
Aim: The project “Scaling-up nutrition-sensitive agricultural initiatives in poor mountainous areas in Vietnam and Lao PDR” aims to generate evidence on the effectiveness of, and potential to implement and scale-up, nutrition-sensitive agriculture (NSA) amongst ethnic minorities in mountainous areas to contribute to improved food security and reduced malnutrition and poverty.
Objectives: Direct objectives of the project are to:
- Identify effective NSA interventions that improve food security and reduce malnutrition and poverty.
- Construct a generic framework and guidelines for developing, replicating and scaling-up of effective NSA interventions based on a cross-country, multi-level analysis of the barriers and facilitators in existing cases.
- Disseminate lessons learned to policy-makers, NGOs, scientific community, local communities and private sector.
Method: The project utilizes Complex Adaptive System Theory and Transition Management to analyse processes of embedding NSA interventions in food systems. A transdisciplinary research methodology is used to assess effectiveness and enhance adaptive and transformational capacities of studied interventions. Comparative case study analysis results in a generic framework to develop and scale-up NSA interventions in different contexts. Lessons learned advise a wide variety of stakeholders to address food security and malnutrition of vulnerable populations.
Countries: Vietnam and Lao PDR.
Dutch policy goal: Sustainable food systems.
Duration: September 01, 2016 – September 01, 2020