HKI's Better Nutrition through Homestead Food Production Plus (HFP+) program will develop and test an integrated model to reduce malnutrition and morbidity of children under two years and pregnant and lactating women in the Nepal's remote Far Western Region. HFP+ will combine HKI's signature Homestead Food Production (HFP) program with the Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) framework and behavior change communications approaches. The program will help communities establish Village Model Farms (VMFs) and gardens that produce micronutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and animal husbandry as well as comprehensively improve nutrition knowledge and practices.
This model will capitalize on Nepal's established and highly successful Female Community Health Volunteer (FCHV) program to expand their nutritional skills and introduce incentives to sustain their motivation. HKI will offer integrated training in HFP and ENA to FCHVs in Kailali and Baitadi in the Far Western Region. This training will enable the FCHVs to develop VMFs which will, in turn, support the creation of 10,740 homestead food production systems. At the same time, the FCHVs will convey the key ENA messages to their communities.
The first year of the program will be devoted to baseline research and data collection in collaboration with local, national and international stakeholders to inform a detailed, culturally and environmentally-appropriate nutrition education and agricultural strategy. HKI and its partner, Nepali Technical Assistance Group (NTAG), will contribute technical staff and management expertise at the national level and a local NGO will be recruited for the day-to-day implementation in each of the two target districts.
The project will provide training to Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) to enable them to establish and maintain Village Model Farms (VMFs) that grow a greater diversity of nutrient dense produce year round for both participating households and the wider community. FCHVs will spearhead the agriculture and nutrition education activities as they already serve as government-designated focal points for all village-level health activities. These volunteers will then train clusters of women organized into Mothers Groups on techniques for creating the developed homestead food production system and will also be trained on how to disseminate among their extended families and neighbors the key messages of the Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) framework. The two strands of training will be woven together so that eventually the entire targeted communities have access to sources of improved livelihood and food production and enhanced nutritional knowledge.
Ministry of Health and Population; Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives; local NGO partners; FCHVs; NGOs such as CARE, The Micronutrient Initiative, Save the Children, Oxfam, the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation; donor organizations such as USAID, UNICEF, GTZ, and Finnida.