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Fish and Nutrition Workshop Day 1 (Technical Session I )

Fish and Nutrition Workshop Day 1 (Technical Session I )

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  • All sessions are two hours, the first session will be exclusively on production, the following six sessions (2-6) contain one and a half hour production and 30-40 minutes nutrition, the seventh session will be exclusively nutrition (two hours). <br /> During the training period (March-September) there will be home visits every second month, and after the training period the home visits will be once a month until the end of the year. <br /> A poster showing a plate with recommended distribution of different food types e.g. rice, vegetables and animal source foods in a meal will be given to the farmers, for them to be aware of the importance of a varied diet. <br />
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Integrating Nutrition in Aquaculture/Agriculture in AIN. By Rumana Akter. Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Integrating Nutrition in Aquaculture/Agriculture in AIN Using the Aquaculture/Agriculture - Nutrition Linkages Component developed and Beginning with Nutrition Education for Behaviour Change in ENA and EHA Based on the Rationale: •Enhancing household income and food production are important contributors to improving nutrition, especially in households dependent on agriculture for primary livelihood •Incorporating nutrition education into agricultural investments helps to translate production and income gains into nutrition improvements
  • 2. Training Needs Assessment (TNA) First Step •Staff level •Farmer level • Household aquaculture farmer groups • Commercial aquaculture farmer group • Mola farmer groups • Demo farmer groups • Shrimp farmer groups
  • 3. TNA results • Very few staff had nutrition training for more than 1 hour • Many knew about exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months but were not sure what it meant • They knew that a child needs complementary feeding (CF) but not sure when to start • They were not aware about age appropriate CF (e.g. frequency of feeding, amount, density) • Most had heard about ante-natal care (ANC) but did not know its importance. How often? • They knew that pregnant and lactating women need iron but not why? • Hand washing: usually washed hands with water before eating and after defaecation
  • 4. Training of Trainers (ToT) in AIN • 355 staff are directly involved with household farmers • 4 days nutrition training was given to the staff which includes: • Complementary feeding • Adolescents’ nutrition • Women’s (pregnant and lactating) nutrition • Hygiene practices (critical moments for hand washing) • Tippy tap installation • Cooking demonstration (mola chop, OSP halwa)
  • 5. Implementation plan for 2014 in AIN Farmers’ training (Group meetings) •8 sessions (March - September) (2 hr/session) •In 2nd - 7th sessions: nutrition education for 30-40 minutes •8th session: entirely on nutrition (2 hr) Pond/household visit •Every 2nd month •Individual problem to be discussed
  • 6. Supervision and Follow up • To be done by partner organization experienced in the field of nutrition • Random check of some the group training sessions as well as pond/households visits, observe and keep notes of issues to be discussed at monthly meeting • Monthly meetings with field facilitators (FFs) and technical specialist (TS). • Success and failure stories, solutions and obstacles to be discussed at monthly meetings
  • 7. Hand washing manual
  • 8. Opportunities • Production of micronutrient rich fish and vegetables being promoted in the same households • Increased production and productivity are more likely to increase consumption of in the households (specially in women and young children) as they are being given nutrition education • Easy access of nutrient-rich foods by women from pond/dyke/homestead garden to kitchen/cooking pot • Increase availability of micronutrient-rich foods at local market • Reduce gender inequality
  • 9. Challenges • Nutrition training is given to the staff who are mainly involved with agriculture production • No field level staff with nutrition background • Lack of interest and commitment of all level of staff towards nutrition • The same staff to give both Production and Nutrition training • During production season, staff might not have enough time to focus on nutrition education • Follow up, supervision and monitoring - need qualified and experienced partner • Little time shortage for intervention - households are phased out after 2 years
  • 10. Thank you