Why Indian Women Must Eat With Their Families, And How It Can Change India
The Methodology aims at improving service linkages and accessibility. It is designed to complement conventional mechanisms of accountability.
The Rajasthan Nutrition Project (RNP) was a two-year long intensive engagement with the tribal communities of Rajasthan. The project that ended in December 2016 has yielded results in bringing positive changes in the lives of about 30,000 people, who have been reached out to through 8,000 primary touch points. The project was developed as a comprehensive approach by combining the i) nutritional specific interventions; ii) linkages to governance mechanisms and schemes and iii) savings for access to health services, with special focuson women.
The RNP has ensured that nutrition is on the agenda of the implementing partners and of the women involved. RNP believed that women’s empowerment through collectives is based on a global theory of change that addresses the underlying causes of poverty, health, nutrition and economic empowerment through their increased engagement in various development initiatives at the community level.One of the key ‘self-help’ components of the RNP was to enable, educate and mobilize families to grow locally available foods in their own places for consumption through ‘Poshanwadis’. Food security has been ensured by synergising linkages to government schemes, growing own food and saving food for difficult times to ensure that the family has nutritious food to eat at all times. Under RNP, ensuring linkages with services like Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Public Distribution System (PDS), and Mid-Day Meals and their monitoring by the women’s groups has ensured that these benefit-points deliver the entitlements due to the people.
The process of linking women to the banks was also facilitated in many cases, while linking them to SHGs enabled them to access money independent of the men in the households. Focusing on the children, the programme equipped the community with the information on right health and care practices. These include right breastfeeding and feeding practices for children beyond six months. The drivers of change in the project have been the Community Nutrition Advocates (CNAs) who were trained first and they, in turn, trained the SHG members.
The following key messages that the project successfully delivered through CNAs are:
Irrespective of some challenges faced in the project, such as an inadequate involvement of men and short project duration, the RNP presents a model easily replicable, scalable and sustainable since it is about an issue which has direct relevance to people’s lives, presents them with doable and effective ways to address their situation, builds on available community platforms.
Workshop on RNP
Rajasthan Nutrition Project workshop held
on Jaipur between January 19, 2017 to
20 January 17 with the FFHIT members.
National Consultation Session
Freedom from Hunger India Trust (FFHIT) and The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (CFNS) held a National Consultation session on Experiences and learning of `Rajasthan Nutrition Project’ adopting a multi-sectoral approach, to enhance Household Food Security in two tribal districts of Rajasthan on 31 May, 2017 at India International Centre, New Delhi.
The National Consultation was held with an objective of sharing the adopted strategy, experience and learning from the Rajasthan Nutrition Project, that has shown encouraging results to reach out to the last family in remote locations. It provided an opportunity to discuss amongst the key stakeholders and nutrition players on Nutrition, inter-linkages for household food security with, and building linkages with health systems, education, ICDS, PDS and other delivery platforms. During this occasion Freedom from Hunger India Trust also released two publications..
1. Nutrition – The Way and the Destination – a Policy Brief
2. Nutrition – the Way and the Destination – a Technical Resource Guide.
This consultation also offer an opportunity for the Community Nutrition Advocates – the Nutrition Change Agents to express their voices to the country’s nutrition policy community. The consultation brought together policymakers, civil society organizations, practitioners, experts from field of Nutrition.
Anticipated project outcomes include:
In addition to the above outcomes, a cadre of community volunteers will have been trained to provide nutrition-related support services to their communities, paving the way for further community-wide benefits in the form of improved nutrition knowledge, gender awareness and increased access to services.
This project is being implemented since two-year-and-a-half years of which two years will be devoted to project implementation and six months will be devoted to the data collection, analysis and evaluation of this integrated nutrition and livelihood model through SHGs. Final results will be proactively disseminated among key stakeholders for potential replication.
Rajasthan Nutrition Project
ANNAPURNA FACILITATORS AS AGENTS OF CHANGE
This particular case study of two Annapurnas facilitators reflects how they have been empowered and what changes have been internalised by them.
INTRODUCING COMMUNITY SCORE CARD METHODOLOGY