Nutrition Links – Building capacity for sustainable livelihoods and health through public-private linkages in agriculture and health systems

Reporting Organization:World Vision Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 4,662,733
Timeframe: April 9, 2013 - June 5, 2018
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

World Vision Canada

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Ghana - $ 4,662,733.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Promotion & Education (10 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Food Security & Agriculture (50 %)

Economic Development & Empowerment (30 %)

Gender Equality (10 %)

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Nutrition Links was a five-year integrated project that was carried out in the Upper Manya Krobo district (UMKD) in Ghana. UMKD is an under-served rural district in Ghana’s Eastern Region, which at the beginning of the project had high rates of anemia (74%) and stunting (highest in Ghana at 38%) among children under 5 years. This project was implemented to build capacity for sustainable livelihoods and health by improving connections between agriculture, nutrition and health systems. It used an integrated approach, connecting different sectors such as nutrition, food security, gender equality, healthcare, livelihoods, nutrition education, agriculture, and working with mothers, adolescents and governments to create a better future for communities in UMKD Ghana.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Under-5 children Newborns
Descriptors: Rural
Total Direct Population: 21,600
Total Indirect Population: 79,092
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results


Achieved Results

Percentage Change Highlights:
– 93% of children >6 months of age eating animal-sourced foods )
– 77% of children ages 13-49 months meet the minimum diet diversity recommendation (4+ food groups)
– 93% of mothers with children <6 months of age are exclusively breastfeeding (district-level data) Income
– 87% of women had poultry-related income-generation activities
– 85% increase in adolescent use of savings programs in Nutrition Links communities
– 25% increase increase in median income generated by childbearing women

– 30% decrease in percent of adolescent girls who were anemic
– 58% district-level increase in number of children weighed at least once
– 55% district-level increase in attendance at growth monitoring sessions (2013–2017)

Outputs Achieved Highlights:

– 19 communities participated in child growth promotion sessions
– 2,574 children weighed
– 197 health workers trained on Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses, Infant and young child feeding, Integrated Community Case Management and Community-Based Growth Promotion
– 130 community based volunteers trained on Integrated Community Case Management and Community-Based Growth Promotion

Supporting Mothers
– 76 Mother-to-Mother support group facilitators trained
– 19 Mother-to-Mother support groups established
– 57 cooking demonstrations offered, emphasizing nutrient dense foods for children under 2 years old

Gender Equality
– 79 facilitators of adolescent girls’ groups trained
– 672 adolescent girls from 53 communities trained on hygiene and nutrition.
– World Vision provided training on gender and diversity to:
– 33 health care workers
– 256 community leaders
– 1,571 community members on gender equality


MNCH-related indicators
  • %/total of infants (0-5 months) who are fed exclusively with breast milk
  • %/total of women aged 15-49 years with anemia
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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