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|This marks the first time preschool kids of Ba Na and Cham ethnicity in Suoi May village (Xuan Phuoc commune), Phu Tam village, Suoi Coi 2 village (Xuan Quang 1 commune) get access to school meals in their preschools. Source: MCNV|
Food insecurity and malnutrition remain persistent challenges among upland populations in Asia. Interventions are often fragmented and address immediate rather than underlying causes. Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) is a relatively new inter-sectoral, multi-level food system approach aiming to maximise agriculture’s contribution to improved food security and nutrition.
In the last two years, via the project ‘Scaling-up nutrition-sensitive agricultural initiatives in poor mountainous areas’, MCNV and local partners have created positive changes for the life of people, especially nutrition status of children under five year old and household food security situation in the mountainous district of Dong Xuan.
In the first phase (2018-2019), the project was implemented in five villages of Phu Mo communes, Dong Xuan district.
The NSA approach aims to promote participation of multi-stakeholders include public sectors (agriculture, health and education) and private sector in addressing persistent problem of malnutrition in upland communities.
In combination with policies advocacy, NSA has helped the locality significantly lower the rate of malnutrition of children under five years old.
From 2017 to 2019, the underweight prevalence of Phu Mo fall from 28,8% to 23%.
Based on the fruitful implication of the first phase, MCNV and Dong Xuan partners has scaled up NSA approach into all upland villages of Dong Xuan district.
After social distancing period due to COVID-19, Dong Xuan district's Medical Center, Department of Education and Training, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development instantly restore activities of NSA.
For the first time, preschool kids of Ba Na and Cham ethnicity in Suoi May village (Xuan Phuoc commune), Phu Tam village, Suoi Coi 2 village (Xuan Quang 1 commune) get access to school meals in their preschools, thanks to the joint efforts of local Department of Education and Training, preschools and parents.
In addition to providing school meals, on May 22-23, Dong Xuan district's Medical Center conducted a health screening and consultation session for underweight children in Phu Loi, Phu Giang and Phu Tien village of Phu Mo commune.
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