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Addressing HIV and gender inequities through food security and nutrition response in Eastern and Central Africa

Addressing HIV and gender inequities through food security and nutrition response in Eastern and Central Africa

Full title of the project:

Addressing HIV and gender inequities through food security and nutrition response in Eastern and Central Africa

Target areas:

Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 2 863 192
Implementation:
01/07/2010-31/12/2012
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/010/SWE
Objective:

To mitigate the impact of HIV, conflict and gender inequities on the population of humanitarian concern in Eastern and Central Africa.

Key partners:

Ministries of Agriculture at the national and local levels, as well as local government structures, and international and local NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

41 090 households

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed a total of 925 kg of vegetable seeds, 12 876 kg of staple seeds, 140 250 cuttings and 826 tools, in addition to 2 482 livestock and 18 kg of fish.
  • Established 208 junior/farmer field and life schools (J/FFLS), with each group receiving a learning grant of USD 500.
  • Trained 26 master trainers to support the J/FFLS approach and provided one refresher training course on HIV and gender.
  • Carried out 12 country-level training of facilitator courses, supporting 240 J/FFLS facilitators.
  • Attended national and regional Inter-Agency Working Groups on HIV and Gender in Emergency Settings meetings and workshops.
  • Organized a series of regional workshops to create coordination, information sharing and lessons-learning platforms, in addition to launching a regional network on gender and rural livelihoods.
  • Produced two documentaries promoting gender equality, nutrition, conflict reduction, J/FFLS methodology, as well as on HIV awareness, and shared them with key stakeholders.
Impact:
  • Crop and livestock production under the project had an overall value of almost USD 2 million.
  • J/FFLS participants gained a better understanding of life and farming practices.
  • Behavioural changes thanks to J/FFLS group sensitization activities reduced stigma related to HIV and the number of cases of GBV, as well as changed participants’ perception on household gender roles.
  • Developed national joint HIV and gender programmes with FAO food security and nutrition components, and advocated for an integrated response to food security, nutrition and gender in rural livelihoods and agriculture programming among regional stakeholders.