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Scaling-up nutrition-sensitive agricultural initiatives in Vietnam and Lao PDR

GCP3 Integrated Project - Scaling-up nutrition-sensitive agricultural initiatives in Vietman and Laos
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Project description

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.

Aim: Building upon existing interventions in Vietnam and Lao PDR this project aims to generate evidence on the effectiveness of, and potential and best way to implement and scale-up, nutrition-sensitive agriculture (NSA) amongst ethnic minorities in mountainous areas. As such it aims to contribute to improved food security and reduced malnutrition and poverty.

Objectives: Direct objectives of the project are to:

  1. Identify effective NSA interventions that improve food security and reduce malnutrition and poverty.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

 

 

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