AGRANDIS is a regional nutrition program with two components: prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition in 3 target countries and investment in orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in 2 target countries. Through AGRANDIS, HKI is working to strengthen the capacity of weak government health systems and vulnerable communities through three country projects in Guinea, Mali, and Niger. These projects are designed to prevent and treat malnutrition in order to reduce morbidity and mortality due to malnutrition among young children. Alongside this support to government health systems, community members are also being mobilized to identify malnourished children and support mothers to provide the care and feeding practices that improve child nutrition and development. AGRANDIS will promote local production, marketing and consumption of the vitamin A-rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in order to improve the nutritional status of women and children and promote household food security in targeted communities in OFSP country projects in Burkina Faso and Mozambique. It will combine training and support for improved cultivation techniques with promotion of the Essential Nutrition Actions for the first 1,000-day period (conception to age 2 years), with special emphasis on increasing consumption of OFSP by nutritionally vulnerable household members. A social marketing strategy will promote OFSP across communities to build appreciation and demand for the crop.
- Burkina Faso