The last decades have brought progress in nutrition in many countries around the world. As a result, the number of stunted children has decreased by 35 percent in two decades, from 253 million in 1990 to 165 million in 2011. Despite this reduction, more than 3 million children under the age of five die every year because of undernutrition, and 165 million children will not grow and develop to their full potential.
How can agriculture have a positive impact on nutrition?
We need to build on the positive progress in nutrition, but what is the best way to do that? One strategy is to invest in nutrition-sensitive agricultural programs. These are programs that aim to maximize the nutritional impact of agricultural projects for the poor, especially women and young children, through such interventions as home gardens and promotion of dietary diversity, use of biofortified crops and post-harvest fortification of staple foods.
We know that there are many nutrition-sensitive agricultural projects implemented around the world, helping families everywhere achieve better lives through improved nutrition. But what do successful nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs look like? How are they implemented and what are the lessons learned?
What do successful nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs look like? How are they implemented and what are the lessons learned?
SecureNutrition has partnered with GAIN and Save the Children to create Harvesting Nutrition, a contest which aims to showcase projects from around the globe that have bridged knowledge gaps between agriculture, food security, and nutrition. The contest aims to answer the following questions:
- What projects showing the linkages between agriculture, nutrition and food security exist around the world?
- What are the principal challenges of integrating a nutrition sensitive approach in agriculture and food security programs and activities and how were they overcome?
Do you know of an agricultural project that has successfully improved nutrition?
To encourage a wide cross section of program experiences, Harvesting Nutrition offers three awards of $5,000 each and a multimedia documentation of the winners in each of three categories: Most Scalable Approach, Greatest Impact on Nutrition, and Most Innovative Approach.
After the contest is over, the submissions will be used to create a database of projects that allows practitioners and policymakers to access information about the design, implementation, impact, and lessons learned. The database will have information about the projects but also multimedia features such as videos, pictures, and interviews with program managers and participants where available.
The Harvesting Nutrition contest is open to projects implemented by national and international non-governmental organizations, governmental and inter-governmental organizations, and academic institutions in low and middle income countries. For more information about the Harvesting Nutrition contest, please visit the Harvesting Nutrition website, or contact SecureNutrition (firstname.lastname@example.org).