Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition: RAIN project brief no. 5

Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition: RAIN project brief no. 5

30 September 2015

The Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN) project, made possible by the support of Irish Aid and the Kerry Group, integrates agriculture, health, nutrition and women’s empowerment activities to reduce the prevalence of child stunting.

RAIN is implemented by Concern Worldwide together with Mumbwa Child Development Agency (MCDA), with impact evaluation by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

This fifth RAIN brief explores the project’s efforts to coordinate and align Zambian ministerial sector activities at the district and community levels to address the causes of child stunting. It focuses in particular on the Mumbwa District Nutrition Coordinating Committee (DNCC) which was established to realign and coordinate the activities of different actors in the district.

The DNCC worked to build on existing strengths of existing capacities to help change how stunting is understood and addressed. The result has not only been coordinated strategies and joint interventions for stunting prevention, but real and persistent changes in how malnutrition is viewed and how ministries interact on the issue.

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Naliekena Songiso, a participant in the RAIN project, in her field with staff from the Concern Worldwide team. Photograph taken by: Kevin Carroll/Concern Worldwide.

Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition: RAIN project brief no. 5

The fifth RAIN brief explores how the project works across sectors in the Mumbwa District of Zambia to improve nutrition.