Improving Nutrition through Homestead Food Production

Reporting Organization:Helen Keller International (HKI)
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 15,000,000
Timeframe: March 27, 2013 - December 30, 2016
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Helen Keller International (HKI)

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Tanzania, United Republic of - $ 4,783,500.00 (31.89%)

Burkina Faso - $ 4,266,000.00 (28.44%)

Côte d’Ivoire - $ 3,645,000.00 (24.30%)

Senegal - $ 2,305,500.00 (15.37%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Nutrition (40 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Food Security & Agriculture (60 %)

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This project aims to improve the nutrition of women and young children in select target populations in three or four countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The project seeks to improve nutrition by providing training in home-based agricultural production, education on nutrition, and raising awareness of behaviour change, such as promoting good breast-feeding practices. In addition, this project aims to continuously monitor the impact of these activities on child growth and nutritional status as well as the number of women adopting good breast-feeding and nutrition practices in the home.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Under-5 children Newborns
Total Direct Population: 13,000
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4500 Households with increased access to quality foods
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) increased sustainable production under women’s control of nutrient-rich plant- and animal-source foods in target villages; (2) improved intake of nutritious foods and adoption of good nutrition and water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices by beneficiaries of homestead food production; and (3) increased adoption of policies for scale up of Enhanced Homestead Food Production (EHFP) by local and national governments and national and Africa regional strategic partners.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2016 include: (1) training and service delivery to over 13,000 beneficiaries (including 11,500 women) in all four countries have been completed; (2) there are positive outcomes in nutrition including an overall improvement of nutritious food intake by children under five; (3) the percentage of mothers with knowledge of exclusive breastfeeding practices has increased from approximately 48% to 80%; (4) over 4,500 beneficiary households gained access to the production of micronutrient-rich foods including orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, chickens and eggs; (5) since 2013, the dietary diversity of beneficiary women in Tanzania and Burkina Faso has increased from 48% to 80% and the percentage of children consuming iron rich foods increased from 37% to 91%; and (6) in Côte d’Ivoire household food insecurity has decreased from 84% to 60%.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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