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Whole of Syria: Building capacities in multisectoral programming for nutrition and nutrition-sensitive agriculture, in Amman

From 14/03/2016 To 16/03/2016
Location: Amman, Jordan

At the request of food security and nutrition clusters for Syria, FAO facilitated a workshop intended to address the gaps and challenges that are being faced by humanitarian partners in integrating nutrition into food security and agriculture programmes and in building resilience in the current crisis context.

The workshop brought together about 20 members of the Food Security and Nutrition clusters with diverse backgrounds in food security, agriculture and/or nutrition programmes. During the workshops, participants elaborated malnutrition problem and solution trees through a participatory planning process. Rather than being a formal training event, the workshops thus consisted of very lively and participatory exchanges of views on the findings of an analysis of the causes of malnutrition disaggregated by livelihood group (e.g. smallholder farmers living in highland areas, internal displaced people living in collective shelters).

The workshop provided ample evidence that nutrition should be both addressed through multisectoral programmes and mainstreamed into relevant sectoral approaches. It helped participants understand the nutritional implications of food security and agriculture programmes and also enabled them to draw concrete recommendations in order to transform plans into action.

Click on the following links to download the concept Note, the agenda and the workshop report. 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.

Session 2 “Situation analysis”: This session aimed to better understand the principal causal pathways of malnutrition in Syria and how they are related to people’s livelihoods by building malnutrition problem trees. This section dealt with methodologies for food security and nutrition assessments and indicators for comprehensive situation analysis.

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

Session 4 “Monitoring and evaluating the nutritional outcomes of interventions”: This section allowed participants to discuss and learn how to define indicators to measure the nutrition outcomes of food security and agriculture interventions along the impact pathway.

Session 5 “Next steps”: This session was dedicated to discuss on future actions to address the challenges/obstacles for more nutrition-sensitive programming.

  • Group work: Key actions identified by participants