Child Nutrition

Food Sufficiency For Farmers Summative Evaluation

The Canadian support for the Food Sufficiency for Farmers (FSF) project will come to an end on October 31, 2018, and now it is the interest of the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to commission this summative evaluation for the purpose of:
• Identifying best practices and approaches that can be built on to inform improvements to the implementation of the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) livelihood components; and
• Informing areas where the FSF project has achieved its results and the level of sustainability of the project results.
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Evaluation finale du programme Approche communale pour le marché agricole (ACMA – Bénin)

Le programme « Approche Communale pour le Marché Agricole au Bénin » - ACMA financé par l’Ambassade des pays Bas pour un budget global de près de dix millions d’euros est mis en œuvre par un consortium composé de cinq institutions - International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC – Chef de file), l’Institut Royal des Tropiques (KIT), CARE International, Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory Ltd, et Benin Consulting Group International (BeCG). La durée révisée, est de 50 mois (novembre 2013 - 31 décembre 2017). Il est développé dans trois départements frontaliers du Nigéria à fort potentiel agricole – l’Ouémé, le Plateau et le Zou soit 22 communes (hors Porto Novo) à travers sept chaines de valeurs (CV) initialement : Huile de palme, maïs, gari, piment et poisson, puis : arachide et soja. L’objectif global du programme ACMA est « l’amélioration de la sécurité alimentaire et l’accroissement des revenus agricoles des acteurs directs ». Il vise i) le renforcement du pouvoir des acteurs directs économiques locaux dans les échanges commerciaux, ii) l’accroissement des échanges commerciaux sur les marchés locaux et avec le Nigéria ; et iii) un accroissement quantitatif et qualitatif de l’offre locale et l’écoulement des produits concernés. Read More...

Programm Approche Communale Pour La Marche Agricole (ACMA) Rapport d’évaluation à mi-parcours

Le programme « Approche Communale pour le Marché Agricole au Bénin » (ACMA) est mis en œuvre par un consortium composé de l’International Fertilizer Development Center, l’Institut Royal des Tropiques, CARE International, Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory Ltd, et Benin Consulting Group International. Le programme est financé par l’Ambassade des pays Bas et le consortium est dirigé par l’IFDC. Il est prévu pour une durée de 4 ans à partir de Novembre 2013. Il intervient dans trois départements, l’Ouémé, le Plateau et le Zou qui comptent 22 communes.

L’approche communale est un élément central dans la stratégie d’intervention pour le développement des marchés des produits agricoles. Elle prend en compte une dynamique multi-acteurs dans laquelle le dialogue secteur public-secteur privé joue un rôle privilégié. L’objectif principal du programme est « l’amélioration de la sécurité alimentaire et l’accroissement des revenus agricoles des acteurs directs ».
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Nutrition at the Center Baseline Benin/Togo

The baseline study for the initiative « Nutrition at the Centre » in its intervention area (Bonou, Dangbo) and in the monitoring areas (Athiémé, Grand-Popo), suggests that there are many innovative actions to be implemented by CARE Benin/Togo and by Benin Government with the support of technical and financial partners. The different strategies established will strengthen the households’ means of access to basic services (e.g. water, sanitation ), women empowerment and access to health care for mothers and children. It will help the population to ensure food and nutritional security. These actions must be implemented based on the results of the study. Read More...

Nutrition at the Center (N@C) Bangladesh Endline

Rates of malnutrition among women and children in Bangladesh are among the highest in the world. Malnutrition is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in many countries. Considering the serious effect of malnutrition, improved nutritional outcomes are intimately tied to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in improving maternal health, reducing child mortality and eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. CARE Bangladesh, in collaboration with Government of Bangladesh (GoB) implemented a Nutrition at the Center (N@C) program in Bangladesh with two-fold strategies that include integrating nutrition in existing community health system and promotion of multisectoral approaches to improve nutrition. Among others, the intervention includes, maternal and child health, infant and young child feeding, water sanitation and hygiene, household food productions, and gender and women’s empowerment. For measuring the impact/effect of this intervention, benchmarks on important nutrition related indicators were established through a baseline survey conducted in the N@C intervention and control areas in 2014. [118 pages] Read More...

Nutrition at the Center Homegrown Project (N@C:H)

Rates of under nutrition among women and children are among the highest in the world. Malnutrition is highly associated with avoidable mortality and morbidity. Improvement of maternal health, reduction of child mortality and eradication of extreme poverty and hunger received high attention in the Millennium Development Goals. The government, NGOs and development partners have come up with innovative ideas and intervention programs to address these issues. Nutrition at the Center (N@C) in collaboration with CARE Bangladesh implemented a program in two under-served upazilas under Sunamganj district, Bangladesh to address malnutrition as well as food security, improved water and sanitation practices, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and women autonomy and empowerment in terms of their role in household decision making and attitude towards gender violence. [70 pages] Read More...

Nutrition at the Center Endline Report Bangladesh


Rates of malnutrition among women and children in Bangladesh are among the highest in the world. Malnutrition is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in many countries. Considering the serious effect of malnutrition, improved nutritional outcomes are intimately tied to Millennium Development Goals in improving maternal health, reducing child mortality and eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. CARE Bangladesh, in collaboration with Government of Bangladesh (GoB) implemented a Nutrition at the Center (N@C) program in Bangladesh with two-fold strategies that include integrating nutrition in existing community health system and promotion of multisectoral approaches to improve nutrition. Among others, the intervention includes, household food productions, water sanitation and hygiene, maternal and child health, infant and young child feeding, gender and women’s empowerment. For measuring the impact/effect of this intervention, benchmarks on important nutrition related indicators were established through a baseline survey conducted in the N@C intervention and control areas in 2014. [117 pages]
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Nutrition at the Center Endline Report Zambia

From 2013 to 2017 CARE International in Zambia implemented the Nutrition at the Center (N@C) Project in 22 health facilities of Lundazi and Chadiza Districts of Eastern Zambia (15 in Lundazi and 7 in Chadiza district). The impact indicator of the N@C Project was pegged at improving the nutritional status of women (15-49 years) and children whose age was below 3 years old with a focus on reducing stunting generally. During the 4 years of project implementation, a number of activities were successfully implemented; as a result, CARE Zambia decided to institute an endline evaluation whose focus was to assess achievements on several nutrition and general indicators including infant and young child feeding (IYCF), maternal health and nutrition, food security, women empowerment, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and program participation. The current evaluation also aimed at determining perceived or actual weaknesses and strengths of the N@C project as well as document lessons learned to inform future nutrition programming.
Data was collected from 41 health facilities out of the 46 targeted in Chadiza and Lundazi districts. A structured household questionnaire was used to collect data from women who had children below the age of 3 years in both intervention and non-intervention areas. Of the targeted 1266 women, 1195 were successfully interviewed representing a response rate of 94.4 percent. Four focus group discussions and 12 key informant interviews were also conducted. [58 pages]
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Nutrition at the Center Endline Report Benin/Togo

CARE has implemented an innovative, comprehensive five-year program (2013 – 2017) that aims to reduce anemia in women (age 15-49 years) and stunting and anemia in children (age 0-24 months) by integrating: i) Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition and Health (MIYCNH); ii) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), iii) Food Security (FS), and iv) women’s empowerment. Nutrition at the Center (N@C) were implemented in 4 developing countries (Bangladesh, Benin, Ethiopia and Zambia). It aimed to develop, document and disseminate highly effective and efficient integrated approaches that substantially improve nutritional outcomes for mothers and children. The program’s objectives were: (i) improved nutrition-related behaviors, (ii) improved use of maternal and child health and nutrition services; (iii) increased household adoption of appropriate water and sanitation practices; and (iv) increased availability and equitable access to quality food. An additional P4P program has been experimented at household level in order to supply communities in animal protein source especially for children feeding.
In Benin, N@C has intervened in two communes of the Oueme department (Dangbo and Bonou) and in 32 villages. By engaging with communities, other partners, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Family and the Ministry of Agriculture, N@C will build upon this commitment to improve nutritional status. In 2014, INSAE and CARE International conducted the baseline study, which served as guidelines for actions to be taken up to 2017.
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SHOUHARDO III BBSS 2017

The SHOUHARDO Programs of CARE Bangladesh, funded by USAID is aimed to fight malnutrition and improve the lives of more than two million of the country's poorest people. This program has been directing with an aim to reduce food insecurity among Bangladesh’s poor and extreme poor households by addressing underlying causes, including women’s empowerment and livelihoods. A wide range of activities have already been implemented by The SHOUHARDO and SHOUHARDO-II Programs in the communities that together support the poor and undernourished in working towards greater socio-economic development and social change. Read More...

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