Because of what they’ve learned at farmer nutrition schools, farmers and families in Bangladesh have begun to address critical issues around health and nutrition. The schools, which provide training for activities like poultry rearing, egg-production, running fish ponds, and growing orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, are helping families diversify their diets and lead healthier lives.
In the small of Quiché, Guatemala, 70 percent of children under the age of 2 don’t get enough protein. Black beans rich in protein could change all that, but many Mayan families are unaware of their benefits. Hoping to change all that, a Peace Corps Response Volunteer is working to educate families and improve local diets.
Across Nepal, fish is a vital source of nutrition as well as income, but while household aquaculture can improve a family’s fortunes, it comes with lots of challenges. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Aquaculture & Fisheries is promoting sustainable aquaculture and giving young people and women’s groups the tools to succeed.
In Zambia, a country with some of the world’s highest vitamin-A deficiency rates, a prize competition is aiming to improve nutrition. The competition provides seed companies and millers with monetary incentives to produce pro-vitamin A maize meal and seed, which has shown to dramatically reduce the impact of vitamin A deficiency among vulnerable populations.
Maryam was once unfamiliar with basic farming techniques, struggling to harvest enough from her garden to feed her children. Then, in a Feed the Future training, she learned how to improve production of nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits. Now, she’s one of 11,000 Tajik women with the skills to feed her family and sell her surplus for a better livelihood.
To help smallholders and families in Malawi increase their incomes and improve their nutrition, snack food producer Universal Industries is partnering with Feed the Future to promote orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. As Universal expands the market for products made from this vitamin-A rich food—like chips and bread—more people can access nutritious options.
In western Burma, Feed the Future-supported maternal cash transfers and local nutrition groups are improving the health of mothers and children during the critical first 1000 days of a child’s life. Already, participants are delivering healthier babies, exclusive breastfeeding amongst mothers in the group has doubled, and stunting rates are on the decline.