Results of the 2013 Harvesting Nutrition contest
Three projects have been selected as winners of the SecureNutrition Knowledge Platform’s 2013 Harvesting Nutrition contest for bridging the gaps between nutrition and agriculture and/or food security. The contest attracted 50 submissions for projects around the world seeking to showcase their efforts to improve the impact of agriculture and/or food security interventions on nutrition outcomes.
The winners are:
Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN): Zambia
Shamba Shape Up: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
N2Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Each winner will receive $5,000 and will also be documented by a multimedia portrait which will be made available for viewing on the SecureNutrition website.
A panel of five judges was formed with representatives from the three sponsoring organizations, The SecureNutrition Knowledge Platform, GAIN, and Save the Children. The panel chose the winners based on each project’s potential positive impact on the nutrition of its beneficiaries (greatest potential impact on nutrition award), novelty in its approach to linking agriculture and nutrition (e.g. method, model, product, technology, process, financing, etc.) or demonstration of an application of old approaches employed in an innovative way (most innovative approach award), and potential feasibility on a broad-scale basis and /or replicability to other social, cultural or geographical settings (most scalable award). The winning projects clearly embodied these qualities; see below the rationale for selection.
Potential Impact on Nutrition: Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN). Aiming to increase year-round availability of and access to high-quality foods at the household level, preliminary data from RAIN shows encouraging results, with increased production of various micronutrient rich crops, such as leafy green vegetables, and increased dietary diversity during both the hunger as the post-harvest seasons. With rigorous data collection and analysis, conducted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), integrated into the program design and strong government coordination, the potential impact – and potential for demonstrating an impact – of RAIN on nutrition outcomes is likely to increase as the project unfolds. (Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN
Innovation: Shamba Shape Up. A “make-over”-style reality TV show targeting rural smallholder farmers, Shamba Shape Up was a clear standout as an innovative platform for presenting and disseminating a nutrition message. Shamba Shape Up reaches over 10 million farmers in East Africa with tools and information to improve productivity and income on their farms (Shamba Shape Up)
Scalability: N2Africa. A large-scale multi-country “development to research” project aimed at promoting new technologies for improving productivity of legumes such as groundnut, cowpea and common bean – commonly regarded as women’s crops - N2Africa works with a wide variety of stakeholders across the value chain from seed to fork and from field to market. A strong evaluation system provides the basis for ongoing feedback and learning. (N2Africa)
In addition, to the three Harvesting Nutrition contest award winners, the panel wishes to commend the following projects that also demonstrated impressive potential for bridging the gaps between nutrition and agriculture and/or food security.
Honorable mentions go to:
Innovation for Food Security and Sovereignty in the Andes (IssAndes), Peru: A multi-institutional approach integrating agricultural research in indigenous crops with a strong nutrition advocacy and behavior change component, IssAndes aims to improve food security and nutrition of vulnerable rural groups in the Andean region through development and promotion of innovations in potatoes. (Innovation for Food Security and Sovereignty in the Andes (IssAndes)
Action Against Malnutrition through Agriculture (AAMA), Nepal: Aiming to improve household food security and infant and young child feeding practices, AAMA was a multisectoral “garden to plate” intervention integrating homestead food production, water, sanitation and hygiene, and child health and maternal nutrition and health initiatives. (Action Against Malnutrition through Agriculture (AAMA)
The sponsor organizations of the Harvest Nutrition contest – The SecureNutrition Knowledge Platform supported by the World Bank, GAIN, and Save the Children – wish to thank and congratulate all applicants on their fantastic work to improve the lives of livelihoods of millions around the world!