Food & Nutrition Security in the Commercial Villages Model is a deliberate step in FCI’s work. 40% of farmers are women whose families are also an end market for food systems. The need for nutrition education targeting rural and urban households with customized consumer messages allows the houses to invest in nutritious foods for consumption. Farm Concern International’s Commercial Village Model approach which incorporates nutrition offers a counter measure to safeguard both income and food security.This approach is called Commercial Village led season planning which ensures commercialization does not choke food and nutrition security.
Farm Concern International, FCI has developed nutrition sensitive solutions as integrated approaches in practical response to rural and urban household nutrition insecurity, a global problem mainly caused by unhealthy diets. This approach is optimized to deliver specific solutions for various cohorts; infant and young children under 5years, invalids of various categories, and elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers among others to meet their daily requirements for healthy living. Nutri-dense Food Basket approach is embedded under the welfare principles of the FCI’s Commercial Villages model that seeks to explore different ways for household dietary diversification using most available nutritious foods. FCI also works to influence consumption trends of various traditional foods that have proven ability to fight micronutrient deficiency. The approach considers nutrition education and awareness, foods utilization campaigns for optimum bioavailability of nutrients a strategic approach in programme implementation to ensure healthy rural and urban populace. FCI works with partners including Universities, government agencies to develop messages, simplified recipes on food utilization and also community farmer organizations engagement and participation for enhanced awareness.
Nutrition is one of the strands in the FCI’s Commercial Villages Model which focuses on nutrition education targeting rural and urban households with customized consumer messaging
Critical success factors for nutrition component in the Commercial Villages Model:
FCI VISION : To have commercialized smallholder communities with increased incomes for improved, stabilized & sustainable livelihoods in Africa and beyond