La evaluación en la FAO

Evaluation of the project on Improving the Dietary Intake and Nutritional Status of Infants and Young Children through Improved Food Security and Complementary Feeding Counselling


This evaluation assessed the contribution of research on locally available and affordable complementary feeding and analysed its potential impact at community and institutional levels and among nutrition practitioners. It found that the research has contributed to growing evidence on the benefits of integrating nutritional education into food security and agriculture projects for improvements in infant and young child feeding and dietary diversity. The research has influenced some decision-making and policy nationally. In Malawi, capacities and knowledge base within the national academic institutions and government departments have increased, ensuring a degree of project sustainability. This was however less evident in Cambodia. Some findings from the research and FAO process reviews have been shared through academic documents and articles and at sub-national, national and Rome-based dissemination meetings. The evaluation however notes the lack of a communications and advocacy strategy and the need for sustained effort by FAO on national, regional and global policy influencing in this regard. It notes that research findings have yet to be integrated to provide an overarching analysis, and there were no indications that this would be conducted in the future. It recommends that FAO should advocate for a coherent communications strategy and overarching analysis of research findings to ensure capitalisation on lessons learned from assessing the research and the impact of a nutrition-sensitive agriculture project in a real world setting.