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NMA Project CountriesDear Visitor,

this Website accompanies the Nutrition in Mountain Agro-ecosystems (NMA) project which is implemented by IFOAM - Organics International, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and FiBL. The project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Section Global Programme Food Security (GPFS)

The NMA project is active in the following Countries:

Nepal

Pakistan

Kyrgyzstan

Ethiopia

Peru

NepalKyrgyzstanEthiopiaPeru

Read more about the project

Project News

What happened this month? (brief synthesis of activities)

Information sharing: news, publications, vacancies

(please make reference to attachments, or knowledge bank)

  1. Participated the NMA Global Conference, entitled as ‘Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture in Mountain areas, a conference for rural service providers, scientists, governments, civil society and private sector’ in Islamabad, Pakistan. Contributed and shared NMA Nepal experience in different events. Country situation of development of MAAN and knowledge bank, capacity building and coaching of RSP, advocacy and national nutrition campaign is shared in the project meeting.

    The experience of HELVETAS’s past project, i.e., Sustainable Soil Management Programme (SSMP), on influencing local and national level policy from the ground experiences is shared in the parallel session of ‘best practices for national campaigns’.  Similarly, progress and learning regarding development of MAAN platform, attracting RSPs and engaging them in discussion in the platform, RSP mobilization is shared in the parallel session of ‘MAAN platform development and mobilizing RSPs for MAAN’.



  2. Organized district level project inception and interaction meeting with Core RSPs, related government line agencies and other RSPs in Jajarkot, Jumla and Mugu districts. Main idea of the event was to orient them about the project and its working approach, role of RSPs and Core RSPs as well as have common understanding while implementing the project activities. Main objective were:

     

    • Orient about the project and working approach, and operating MAAN internet platform.
    • Discuss about the role and responsibilities of RSPs and Core RSPs.
    • Discuss about positive points of the project, issues and challenges, and possible way out and actions.
    • Coach the RSPs on application procedure of capacity development programme.

    Similarly, the RSPs from Dailekh and Kalikot districts are also informed about the application procedure and the required documents for RSP Capacity Development Programme.

  3. Engaged regularly in different fora of the government and civil society on agriculture, food security and nutrition at national and local level, and utilized these platforms to disseminate the project’s message as well as contributed in these platforms from project’s perspective. For instance,

    • Participated in photo exhibition on nutrition - organized by Civil Society Alliance for Nutrition, Nepal (CSANN) at Yalamaya, Lalitpur.
    • In collaboration with Chhayanath Kosheli Ghar (from Mugu district), participated in the regional fare (29 April - 08 May 2016) in Dailekh district. Nutrient content of the local agricultural products that was displayed and marketed through the Fare as well as the information about MAAN platform was disseminated via the event.

  4. Till now, 224 RSPs (women 28%) from different non-governmental and government organizations in the sector of agriculture, food security, nutrition, health, education, media, agriculture trade etc are identified and enlisted from the project districts. Out of them, 120 RSPs (women 16%) joined the internet platform of MAAN. They have been sharing the related knowledge, information and experience (especially, about nutrition value of local and indigenous food crops and food habit, and its promotion) and discussing on the topics mentioned in the platform. It has facilitated to stimulate awareness, especially on nutrition value of local food and food habit, and encouraged one another to share knowledge. Attracting more RSPs in MAAN platform as well as getting them registered in the internet platform and increasing their flow and discussion is ongoing.

  5. Documents from the applicant-RSPs are compiled and assessed for shortlisting for CDP event that is going to be held on 24-29 May 2016 in Surkhet.

  6. Shared the outcomes of NMA Global Conference with HELVETAS Country Director. It was also discussed about reducing the number of NMA districts, partnership agreement in the district, MAAN promotion in upscaling regions/countries.

 

What activities are not on track according to the plan? (Any issues you would like to raise and get feedback)

What are your plans for next month?

  1. Carry out Capacity Development Programme of Rural Service Providers on nutrition sensitive agriculture, and designing and implementation of micro-interventions.

  2. Generate baseline information of micro-interventions.

  3. Feeding the knowledge bank with relevant knowledge, links to knowledge about nutrition sensitive agriculture for RSP.

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What happened this month? (brief synthesis of activities)

Information sharing: news, publications, vacancies

(please make reference to attachments, or knowledge bank)

  1. RSPs are oriented about the working approach of NMA, its intervention areas, role of RSPs, MAAN and operation of its internet based platform, and nutrition sensitive agriculture in 4 project districts (i.e., Dailekh, Kalikot, Banke and Bardiya). Local line agencies, particularly District Development Committee, District Agriculture Development Office, are also informed and oriented about the project and its working approach.

  2. Till now, 159 RSPs (female 22%) are identified and enlisted from the project districts. Out of them, 50 RSPs (female 16%) joined the internet platform of MAAN. They have started to share related knowledge, information and experience (especially, about nutrition value of local and indigenous food crops and food habit, and its promotion) and discuss on the topics mentioned in the platform. It has facilitated to stimulate awareness, especially on nutrition value of local food and food habit, and encouraged one another to share knowledge. Attracting more RSPs in MAAN platform as well as getting them registered in the internet platform and increasing their flow and discussion is ongoing.

  3. A RSP and his organization has recently started preparing and airing a radio programme, called as ‘Chiya Chautari’ (‘Tea Talk’ in English) in Kalikot district. It basically focusses on nutrition, agriculture and food security.

  4. Mugu Village Development Committee has agreed with one of the RSPs and her organization to orient and coach women beneficiaries about nutrition and agriculture in Mugu district.

  5. Continue to lobby with concerned district level stakeholders to formulate District and VDC Level Nutrition and Food Security Steering Committee and respective Coordination Committee.

  6. Engaged regularly in different fora of the government and civil society on agriculture, food security and nutrition at national and local level, and utilized these platforms to disseminate the project’s message as well as contributed in these platforms from project’s perspective.

  7. Participated in Generation Nutrition (GN) campaign organized by Nutrition and Health Department of government and ACTION CONTRE LA FAIM (ACF)-France. It was a kind of solidarity and commitment to the cause which was calling on governments and the international community to take urgent action to prioritize the fight against acute malnutrition, and save the lives of millions of children under the age of five.

  8. Shared the working approach of project and the progress made so far with the Programme Coordinator for Nepal from HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.

  9. Prepared a concept note on extension approach being adopted by NMA and sent to Global Good Practice Initiative (GFRAS).

What activities are not on track according to the plan? (Any issues you would like to raise and get feedback)

No special any.

What are your plans for next month?

  1. Visit remaining project districts to orient other RSPs about project, MAAN platform and their role, nutrition sensitive agriculture. Meet the district level stakeholders to discuss about the project and its working approach at that time.

  2. Continue dialogue with district and VDC level stakeholders to activate District Level Nutrition and Food Security Steering Committee (DLNFSSC) and VDC Level Nutrition and Food Security Steering Committee (VLNFSSC), and its respective Coordination Committee (DLNFSCC and VLNFSCC) where it already exists, and establish this Committee where it doesn’t exist.

  3. Continue discussion with of Multi-sector Capacity Development Working Group (MS-CDWG) of Nepal Nutrition and Food Security Secretariat about the curriculum of RSP capacity building.

  4. Feeding the knowledge bank with relevant knowledge, links to knowledge about nutrition sensitive agriculture for RSP.

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Monthly report PERU

What happened this month? (brief synthesis of activities)

Update of October and November.  Very intense work at the level of building alliance for Nutrition Campaign. Attendance at the IV Social Inclusion Week organized by MIDIS (Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion, SUN gov rep) to strengthen contacts for national compaigns, October 21. Preparation Workshop for the Regional Meeting of the VI Forum of the Parlamentarian Front against hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean, October 26, facilitated by FAO at the UN facilities in Lima, Peru.  Invited by congressman Jaime Delgado, chair of the Peruvian Parlamentarian Group.  PF brought the voice of NAM together with other allies and friends of the agroecological movement in Peru.  

Attendance of the VI Forum of the Parlamentarian Front against Hunger in LA&C, November 15 to 17, Patricia Flores was chosen to read on behalf of civil society our Declaration. Three of our points were taken by the Parlamentarian Front for their own Declaration and IFOAM /NAM signed up the document. More information, in the following link :

http://www.fao.org/americas/noticias/ver/es/c/345331/

At the level of RSPs, LR continue working on summing more RSPs to the platform, developing decentralized workshops and spreading general information.  Together with country coordinator, PF, supported the National Meeting of PGS stakeholders, including RSPs involved in NAM.  A main conference was delivered and a roundtable facilitated by PF.  A meeting with a reduced number of RSPs were organized to give more information about the project.  November 23 to 26, we had the visit of Thomas Bernet, FiBL. Meetings with LR & PF, organizing workplan for Yr 2016, establishing links with allies known by TB (University USIL, Intl. Potato Center) and others related to PF (Salgalu nutrition communication specialists, Edita Vilcapoma of the Parlamentarian Front Against Hunger, Roberto Ugas -chair NAM at highest level, workshop with stakeholders: Helvetas Peru, RAE Peru).  

 

What activities are not on track according to the plan? (Any issues you would like to raise and get feedback)

Start interaction with the new allies introduced by TB (USIL and IPC) and strengthen the already known with local stakeholders. Concept papers prepared by TB to be shared and follow up by country coordination.

LR to start discussion forum on Quinoa and a Blog with NAM general information for newcomers of the platform.

LR to modify some profiles to insert them correctly in the Peruvian RSP group.

Share workplan with Shaknoza, document developed by TB, LR and PF.

Preparation of the call for CDP (or CBP?).

Accounting of the last quarter and Quarterly report.

 

What happened this month? (brief synthesis of activities)

Information sharing: news, publications, vacancies

(please make reference to attachments, or knowledge bank)

  1. NMA’s involvement in SUN Asia Region Conference (ARCON): HELVETAS is discussing with CSANN - organizer of the event - about our potential collaboration in influencing national and regional level policy on nutrition sensitive interventions. There is a room for sharing experience and learning of RSPs, usefulness and functionality of the network of RSPs and including it into action-oriented outcome document that identifies public policy priorities at national and Asia regional level.

  2. Till now, 99 RSPs (female 29%) are identified from 7 districts and 33 RSPs - female 7 (out of 99) got registered in the internet-based MAAN platform. The RSPs are from different caste and ethnicity of Nepal: Dalit (so called untouchable caste in Nepal) 5, Janajati (ethnic caste) 33, Madhesi 5, Muslim (minority group) 3, Dasnami 1, Brahman/Kshetry/Thakuri 52. Attracting more RSPs in MAAN platform as well as getting them registered in the internet platform and increasing their flow and discussion is ongoing.

  3. District Agriculture Development Office (DADO) of Mugu district provided the Core RSP and her organization (Nari Utthan Tatha Sachetana Kendra) a letter for collaboration and implementation of nutrition, income generating and skill development activities in the district. It has created a conducive environment to collaborate with DADO to implement NMA activities in the district in future.

  4. Orienting the identified RSPs in respective district about the project, NSIs is ongoing. They are also orienting district level stakeholders about the project and MAAN platform in the regular meeting and movement of various district level committees, e.g., 16 days movement of violence against women.

What activities are not on track according to the plan? (Any issues you would like to raise and get feedback)

What are your plans for next month?

What activities are not on track according to the plan? (Any issues you would like to raise and get feedback)

  • A trip to core intervention districts to discuss with district level stakeholders and other RSPs could not have been done due to still-unstable situation of the NMA districts. However, Core RSPs and district-based staff of HELVETAS are taking lead for this task in respective districts. NMA National Team is providing the required support and information to Core RSPs in this regard.  

What are your plans for next month?

(As of October 2015)

  1. (Despite the unstable political situation) Visit few accessible districts to orient other RSPs about project, NSIs, MAAN platform and their role. Meet the district level stakeholders to discuss about the project and its working approach at that time.

  2. Initiate dialogue with district and VDC level stakeholders to activate District Level Nutrition and Food Security Coordination Committee (DLNFSCC) and VDC Level Nutrition and Food Security Coordination Committee (VLNFSCC) where it already exists, and establish this Committee where it doesn’t exist. It’s important since these Committees are envisioned in Multi-Sector Nutrition Plan (MSNP 2013 - 2017) of government of Nepal.

  3. Discuss with of Multi-sector Capacity Development Working Group (MS-CDWG) of NNFSS about the curriculum of RSP capacity building.

  4. Feeding the knowledge bank with relevant knowledge, links to knowledge about nutrition sensitive agriculture for RSP.

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What happened this month? (brief synthesis of activities)

Information sharing: news, publications, vacancies

(please make reference to attachments, or knowledge bank)

  1. Organized a project orientation and interaction meeting with (14) Core RSPs and HELVETAS staff of Banke and Bardiya districts. As per the idea of the event, Core RSPs were oriented about the project and its working approach, clarified about their role and other RSPs as well as could have common understanding among one another while implementing the project activities. Positive points of the project, issues and challenges, and possible way out and actions were also discussed. Outcome of the workshop is expected to facilitate the project implementation.

    For further information and outcomes of the workshop, refer https://confluence.ifoam.bio/display/NEP/2015/11/04/Nepal-Report+of+inception+and+interaction+meeting+with+Core+RSPs.

  2. Documented the issues of agriculture and nutrition sector in Nepal after review of the provisions made in different law, rules and regulations, plans regarding this sector in Nepal. It’s a part of developing common understanding on mapping policy landscape on right to food in Nepal and aligning action among different related agencies on right to food. It’s an initiation of a right to food alliance on participatory food security policy mapping Nepal.

    For further information about the document, refer the attachment.


  3. NMA project information is uploaded in the organizational webpage of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal (https://nepal.helvetas.org/en/our_projects/nutrition_in_mountain_agro_ecosystems_.cfm)

  4. Attracted more RSPs in MAAN platform as well as got few RSPs – who have internet and computer access as well as knowledge – registered in the internet based platform. Till now, 72 RSPs are identified from 7 districts and 27 RSPs (out of 72) got registered in the internet platform. Core RSPs consulted and sought suggestions from district level governmental line agencies while identifying other RSPs in the district. It will help us in recognizing RSPs and their service at district level. It also involves government line agencies in the project which would certainly be an important asset to us in influencing local government in long term later.

  5. Core RSPs are orienting the identified RSPs in respective district about the project, NSIs, MAAN internet platform and attracting them in the Platform. They are also orienting district level stakeholders about the project and MAAN platform in the regular meeting of various district level committees, e.g., Nepal Food Security Monitoring System.

What activities are not on track according to the plan? (Any issues you would like to raise and get feedback)

  • A trip to core intervention districts to discuss with district level stakeholders and other RSPs could not have been done due to still-unstable situation of the NMA districts. However, Core RSPs are taking lead for this task in respective districts. NMA National Team is providing the required support and information to Core RSPs in this regard.  

Issues

More issues are recorded in the document posted in this link: Nepal-Report of inception and interaction meeting with Core RSPs.

What are your plans for next month?

  1. Develop a brief sharing material on 5 NSIs that are mentioned in the ProDoc and orient the RSPs while visiting the district. Also meet the district level stakeholders to discuss about the project and its working approach at that time.
  2. Initiate dialogue with district and VDC level stakeholders to activate District Level Nutrition and Food Security Coordination Committee (DLNFSCC) and VDC Level Nutrition and Food Security Coordination Committee (VLNFSCC) where it already exists, and establish this Committee where it doesn’t exist. It’s important since these Committees are envisioned in Multi-Sector Nutrition Plan (MSNP).
  3. Discuss with of Multi-sector Capacity Development Working Group (MS-CDWG) of NNFSS about the curriculum of RSP capacity building.
  4. Feeding the knowledge bank with relevant knowledge, links to knowledge about nutrition sensitive agriculture for RSP.


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