The GIZ Securing Nutrition, Enhancing Resilience project in India is part of the global special initiative ‘One world – No Hunger’ by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and started in 2015.
The project aims to improve the food and nutrition situation of 424,000 women of child-bearing age, pregnant and lactating women, and 86,000 young children (6-23 months) from vulnerable communities in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, India.
Phase 2 (2021 – 2025): 280,000 women and 56,000 young children
Phase 1 (2015 – 2020): 144,000 women and 30,000 young children
WHAT WE DO
The fields of action for the second phase (2021-2025) are:
Improving nutrition and hygiene knowledge and practices
Upscaling Social Behaviour Change (SBC) driven Nutrition-Participatory Learning and Action (N-PLA) tool
Technical assistance to implement SBC tools
Diversifying food production and income
Upscaling a multi-sectoral community nutrition garden approach along with homestead nutrition gardens (Poshan Vatika)
Technical Assistance to address malnutrition and anaemia through AYUSH in close collaboration with DWCD, MGNREGA, Forest and Tribal Department
Strengthening nutrition governance and institutionalization of good practices
Systematic capacity building support to frontline workers of governmental project partners
Technical Support for Mission Saksham (Capacity)
Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
National/International Conferences to disseminate successful knowledge Products
Phase 1 (2015-2020):
Reforms of Public Distribution System
Improvement of nutrition and hygiene practices
Knowledge management and institutionalisation of activities
Phase 2 (2021-2025)
Ministry for Women and Child Development
Department of Women and Child Development in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra (envisaged)
MGNREGA Department Madhya Pradesh
Forest and Tribal Departments (envisaged)
Implementation partners (so far):
Phase 1 (2015-2020):
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (MoCAF&PD)
Department of Food and Public Distribution (DoFPD), Madhya Pradesh
Department of Women in Child Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh
Darshana Mahila Kalyan Samiti
Mahatma Gandhi Seva Ashram
Sheopur, Chhatarpur, Barwani and Khandwa districts, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 districts in Maharashtra (tbd)
PROJECT EXPERTISE TO IMPROVE NUTRITION SITUATION
Social Behaviour Change
BEST PRACTICES AND TOOLS
Empowering women with knowledge and practices on nutrition and hygiene: Nutrition Participatory Learning & Action (N-PLA) approach has been applied by AWWs in Sheopur and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh to improve dietary diversity of women and young children. 3,025 Anganwadi Workers (AWW) have been trained in nutrition and hygiene education and 86% show increased competence. 144,000 women at reproductive age have been provided with practical knowledge on healthy nutrition and made aware of nutrition services, 82 % show increased competence.
Community Nutrition Gardens (CNGs): The project piloted 20 Community Nutrition Gardens (CNGs) with 255 women from Women Self Help Groups on community land in Chhatarpur and Sheopur districts during last year to improve year-round availability and access to diverse and nutritious foods and economically empower women, who are organised in Self-Help Groups (SHG) with 12-15 members per CNG to maintain the gardens. Under MGNREGS, the women receive wages for garden maintenance and monetary incentives to take care of the plants. Furthermore, under MGNREGS and schemes from other line departments seeds and saplings are provided, irrigation infrastructure and fencing get funded and governmental agricultural experts are involved. This CNG approach has also contributed to improve local nutrition governance because it follows a multi-sectoral action and promotes convergence across local departments. MGNREGA has recently expressed demand to upscale the Community Nutrition Garden approach in all 52 districts in Madhya Pradesh.
E-learning training platform: For the systematic capacity building of frontline workers, the project in collaboration with the DWCD in Madhya Pradesh has developed an innovative and interactive e-learning training platform. It reaches out to 97,135 AWWs and 3,575 Supervisors in Madhya Pradesh and aims to improve the counselling skills and knowledge of AWWs and their supervisors on nutrition-relevant topics. The digital platform consists of structured 40 hours self-paced learning content, covering seven modules consisting of 44 chapters. The e-learning platform has engaging visuals, quizzes, and narrations that uses simple Hindi. The platform has been integrated within the State Partner’s DWCD management information system (MIS) to ensure a standardized form of high-quality training with ownership of DWCD. This also offers an opportunity to track the learning status of enrolled AWWs across the state through a live dashboard. At the end of the training, a verified certificate by DWCD is provided to all successful learners. More than 25,000 AWW and supervisors have started e-Learning training, 7,000 have completed it.
“With my small initiative, I motivate and mobilize other women to establish nutrition gardens and aware them about the importance of dietary diversity, hygiene practices through Tipi Tap, use of Matka Filter to get safe and clean drinking water. It gives me immense pleasure that this small initiative of creating nutrition garden is being appreciated nationally and internationally, and this will motivate me to continue my work. By this recognition, many more women will come forward from my community to join hands for a better future of our village.”
Neeta Yadav has been regularly taking part in nutrition education training in her village for two years. She says: “Through the trainings I have learned how important different food groups in family meals are for adequate nutrition. Now, for example, I add vegetables to rice and lentil dishes.”
Archana Awasthi has been the supervisor of 25 social workers for one year and motivates them to complete the e-Learning training. She says: “In digital learning, we can use animations and infographics to ensure that all important content is conveyed throughout the training and nothing is forgotten”.