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Evidence for the linking livelihood and nutrition interventions

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Anonymous 298

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30 Oct 2009, 11:34

I am wondering about evidence linking livelihood and nutrition interventions. My primary concern is prevention of malnutrition in young children. I like the voucher systems because they offer some flexibility and choice. I have read about ACF in the Dadaab camps, but I'm wondering if there is anything else published on voucher systems which both stimulate local markets and increase dietary diversity or richness for young children.

Hanna Mattinen

Senior Food Assistance Advisor, ACF

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11 Feb 2010, 12:51

Dear Erin

I can think of another ACF project where we distributed milling vouchers along with a general food distribution in North and South Darfur, to reduce the amount of food ration sold by the households to cover milling expenses. The project monitoring results showed a clear decrease in the amount of cereals sold by the households, increasing the households' staple food intake. A part of the cereal ration continued to be sold, but the income derived from the sales was used increasingly for the purchase of fresh foods and firewood as well as to cover for health- and education-related expenses. An external evaluation of the programme confirmed the positive impact on the quantity and quality of the diet. The project's aim was not explicitly nutritional and detailed indicators, such as the household dietary diversity score or nutritional status of children, were not used. There is a brief article on the project in Field Exchange (October 2008 Issue 34).

ACF-Spain is currently implementing a cash-for-work project in urban Conakry (Guinee-Conakry), with a focus on nutrition. Households with at least one malnourished member are included in the project and among other HDDS will be followed up. The project is in its infancy but the upcoming monitoring results should provide interesting information on the subject. You could also have a look at Fanta and IFPRI publications. They discuss the nutritional impact of food security projects more generally, e.g. the use of HDDS, see http://www.fantaproject.org/focus/household.shtml. Hope this helps!

Best regards
hanna

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