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Regional workshop on Integrating Nutrition and Food Security Programming - Sahel

From 09/06/2014 To 14/06/2014
Location: Dakar

The Regional Training Workshop (10-12 June 2014) on "Integrating nutrition and food security programming in emergency situations and strengthening resilience" has taken place in Saly (Senegal). The Workshop, gathering 60 particpants from the four target countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger) has built the capacity of humanitarian field practitioners on how to better integrate nutrition into food security programming (e.g. evaluation of context, design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation).

This event was an opportunity share successful and less successful experiences on integrated programmes in the Sahel for a diversity of food security interventions (agriculture, cash, livestock, etc.).

The Training of Trainers session, which has taken place on 9, 13 and 14 June 2014 also in Saly, has allowed to develop a pool of regional facilitators able to support aid agencies in integrating nutrition in food security programming in order to maximize the nutritional benefits of emergency and resilience building interventions in the Sahel.

Click on the following links to download the Concept Note of the Workshop, the Agenda, and the list of participants.  Below you will find a list of presentations and materials produced during the Workshop, organized per session.

Session 1 “ Setting the scene”: This section looks at what participants from different backgrounds already know about food security and nutrition, and provides basic knowledge of the concepts. It allows participants to identify what the obstacles for better nutrition-sensitive programming are. 

Presentation: Agreeing on concepts of Food Security and Nutrition / Nutritional status in West Africa and in the Sahel - IFRC / UNICEF
Group exercise: What are the obstacles / barriers for a better nutrition sensitive programming? 
Presentation: Accountability: A fashion to be followed? - FAO REOWA
Presentation: Presentation of different livelihoods in the region and their trends - Save the Children

Session 2 “Situation analysis”: This session helps better understand the principal causal pathways of malnutrition and how they are related to people’s livelihoods, and identify what are the information and data sources required (and potential information gap) for a comprehensive analysis of the nutrition situation and of the causes of malnutrition. This section also allows participants to share experiences on methodologies and joint process for comprehensive assessment.

Group work results

What are the obstacles to a better integrated food securuty and nutrition programming?


Listening post et la Nutritional Causal Analysis - ACF
Nutrition indicators (VAM) - WFP
Integrated Information System for nutrition and food security – example of the harmonised framework in Sahel - FAO REOWA

Session 3 “Response analysis and project design”: The objectives of this session are to understand how professional from different sectors and institutions can contribute to achieve common nutrition outcomes and to learn from and discuss examples of activities and programme to integrate nutrition and food security.

Group exercise: Problem tree for Malnutrition

Parallel sessions – Sharing of lessons learnt on integrated interventions
Parallel session 1
Promotion of horticultural corps with small communal irrigated areas managed by women or mixed - Niger Red Cross
Good quality seeds of nutritious varieties with technology package contribute efficiently to the improvement of nutrition - FAO Chad
Integrate agriculture and nutrition to prevent malnutrition in poor households. Case of the EHFP project in the Eastern Burkina Faso - HKI, Burkina Faso

Parallel session 2
Project on Intervention for nutrition and food coupon in the Diéma District/Kayes (Mali) - Save the Children, Mali
Implementation of the Common framework of intervention of ECHO for a multisectoral approach to malnutrition - ACF, Niger
An experience on integration of nutrition, for its preventive dimension, in Food Security Support Programmes in Mali - CONFED, Mali

Parallel session 3
Support of a network of small enterprises that produce fortified foods - GRET, Burkina Faso
Community mobilization for food and nutrition insecurity reduction in the Kolondieba District, Sikasso region (Mali) - Welthungerhilfe, Mali
Lessons learnt and results of the multisectoral programme PASAM Taï - Catholic Relief Services, Niger

Session 4 “Monitoring and evaluating nutritional outcomes”: This section clarifies the concepts of monitoring and evaluation and allows participants to discuss and learn on how to define indicators to measure the nutrition outcomes of interventions along the result chain (process/output/outcome/impact).

Presentation: Monitoring and evaluation: what, why and how?
Group work per country: How to measure the nutritional outcomes of food security programmes?

Session 5 "Conclusions" and 6 “Next steps”: Participants, grouped per country, look back at the ground that has been covered during the workshop and prepare how they will apply what was discussed to their country. They work on country action plan taking on board recommendations coming out from the workshop and identifying key opportunities and challenges to better integrate Nutrition and Food Security programming (including required resources and possible constraints).

Presentation - REACH Coordination in Mali - REACH, Mali
Presentation - AGIR Coordination in Burkina Faso - Ministère des Ressources Animales et Halieutique, Burkina Faso
Discussions – Quels mécanismes de coordination pour lier la sécurité alimentaire, la nutrition et la résilience

Next steps in Burkina Faso
Next steps in Mali
Next steps in Niger
Next steps in Chad
Next steps in Sahel

The workshop report is now available here.