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:

  1. Nutrition sensitive value chain analysis focuses on analyzing current and potential demands for nutritious foods in urban and rural consumer markets
  2. Recognition of producer family also as an end-market: enables Commercial Villages to plan for food security and nutrition during Commercial action planning
  3. Capacity building on investing in nutritious foods for household consumption: households are equipped through capacity development to make a commercial decisions of dedicating land and resources
  4. 80% of Commercial Villages households on average participate in action planning for food security and agri-nutrition.
  5. 40% of Commercial Village Farmers are women on average who undergo in-depth nutrition focused capacity building. However, nutrition education targets the entire village and all households to ensure that nutrition is valued and allocated resources.
  6. Nutri-dense food basket approach is designed to train urban and rural households on nutritious diets for several cohorts with a more in-depth training for women and care-givers.
  7. ASAL Food and Nutrition Security approach is climate resilience sensitive carefully designed to have a Commercial Village component that ensures ASAL Communities have affordable and accessible nutritious foods.

 

 

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