Building Resilience in Burkina Faso (BRB) takes a multi-sectoral approach to improving household resilience and food security and features the innovative use of community-based women’s savings groups as a platform for providing an integrated package of agricultural, nutrition, financial services, and women’s empowerment programming to help thousands of savings group members overcome many of the geographic, cultural, social, and economic constraints that hamper their resilience in the face of shocks and disasters.
Abstract: Food security remains a challenge in Burkina Faso due to climate-related hazards that have led to decreasing food availability in areas already plagued with low food consumption and malnutrition. The purpose of this study is to describe the prevalence of food insecurity among women in savings groups in northern and central west Burkina Faso and to identify associated factors. Interviews were conducted with 429 women. Logistic regression models were constructed to describe potential associations between key variables of interest and food security.
Appraisal of the Agro-Tech Smart Extension Model in Ghana, Payment options and Challenges in ICT-enabled extension services delivery
The increasing role of ICT-enabled extension services delivery to enhance agricultural productivity of smallholder farmers is an exciting development. This article assesses the effectiveness of the AgroTech Model piloted by Grameen Foundation in Ghana. AgroTech is a privately led ICT-enabled extension and support service. The study methodology includes a desk review of existing literature and a primary survey of 402 agricultural value chain actors.
This report documents a series of qualitative assessments completed as part of a pilot test of the Pro-WEAI for the “Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project – Phase 2” (GAAP2) project led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) was launched by IFPRI, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and USAID’s Feed the Future program in February 2012 and was the first comprehensive standardized measure to capture women’s empowerment and inclusion in the agricultural sector.
This report documents the final client outcomes from a pre-/post-test assessment completed during the Rajasthan Nutrition Project (RNP). RNP’s goal was to improve household nutrition, particularly among pregnant and lactating women and children, and aimed specifically improve breastfeeding rates, use of ORS to treat diarrhea, linkages to local health services and household food security. The results suggest that all targets were met, if not exceeded. Gender dynamics, as measured by mobility and decision-making power, also improved during the project period.
Factors Associated with Accessing Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme Among Women in Rural Rajasthan, India
The purpose of this study was to assess the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme centre usage among women in rural Rajasthan and characteristics of households accessing these centres. The findings suggest that in rural Rajasthan, the majority of individuals access ICDS centres, especially supplementary food services. While supplementary food services can be effective in reducing childhood undernutrition, ICDS services in this region may consider increasing focus on other cost-effective and underutilized services, including breastfeeding education.
While breastfeeding is culturally accepted in India, exclusive breastfeeding rates remain low, especially as the infant increases in age. This paper, developed using baseline data from the Rajasthan Nutrition Project, assesses the factors that influence whether women breastfeed initially and exclusively for six months. Findings from this paper suggest that breastfeeding rates are suboptimal, possibly as a result of food insecurity, financial status, and autonomy.
Policy innovations and the integration of digital technology are prompting a transformation of the financial services sector in India. But although hundreds of thousands of new accounts have been opened, a significant proportion remain un- or under-used. Grameen Foundation India and J.P. Morgan analyze why and what can be done to ensure low-income people are fully included in the financial system.
Rajasthan Nutrition Project: Integrating Financial, Agricultural, Nutrition Services and Gender: Baseline Report
Freedom from Hunger (now part of Grameen Foundation), together with its Indian affiliate organization Freedom from Hunger India Trust, and its Indian implementing non-governmental organization partners, Voluntary Association of Agricultural General Development Health and Reconstruction Alliance (VAAGDHARA) and Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), are collaborating to improve household nutrition in the Rajasthan districts of Banswara and Sirohi through the Rajasthan Nutrition Program (RNP).
Freedom from Hunger’s three-year initiative Building the Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in Burkina Faso (BRB), features the innovative use of community-based women’s savings groups (SGs) as a platform for providing a multi-sectoral integrated package of agricultural, nutrition, financial services, and women’s empowerment programmingto help thousands of SG members overcome many of the geographic, cultural, social and economic constraints that hamper their resiliency in the face of shocks and disasters.