Securing Nutrition, Enhancing Resilience

Securing Nutrition, Enhancing Resilience

The Indo German SENU project in india is aimed at improving the nutritional situation of women at reproductive age and young children (6-23 months) in Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra

Published on October 4, 2021 at 4:27 pm

Women attend a cooking demonstration that highlights importance of healthy diet and nutritious food, especially during Covid-19. © GIZ SENU project / Welthungerhilfe

The Securing Nutrition, Enhancing Resilience (SENU) project in India is one out of 10 countries of the GIZ global programme on Securing Nutrition, Enhancing Resilience set up by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) special initiative “ONE WORLD – No hunger”. SENU project in India is aimed at improving the nutritional situation of women at reproductive age and young children (6-23 months). Jointly with its implementation partner Welthungerhilfe and local partners, the project implements a nutrition-sensitive integrated approach following Social Behaviour Change (SBC) driven Participatory Learning & Action (PLA) approach. The project links nutrition education with the upscaling of a multi-sectoral Community Nutrition Gardens approach that is driven by women Self-Help Groups along with homestead nutrition gardens to diversify food production, consumption and enable a source of income. SENU works closely with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India and the respective departments in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. It also collaborates closely with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in Madhya Pradesh on the state-wide upscaling of Community Nutrition Gardens. For strengthening nutrition governance, the project aims at the institutionalisation of its integrated approach and good practices with its governmental partners and so to contribute to improved local food systems.

The project aims to work with 424,000 women of child-bearing age, pregnant and lactating women and 86,000 young children (6-23 months) in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Nutrition Education – Participatory Learning & Action Approach (N-PLA) session. © GIZ India SENU project

Nutrition education following the PLA approach has been facilitated by trained Anganwadi workers in Sheopur and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh since 2015 and will be upscaled to four further districts in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra to improve dietary diversity of women and young children. The project plans with DWCD Madhya Pradesh to set up a state trainer pool for the upscaling.

To improve year-round availability of nutritious foods, SENU piloted 20 Community Nutrition Gardens with women Self-Help Groups in Chhatarpur and Sheopur districts. An upscaling of 350 gardens in four districts of Madhya Pradesh is planned until 2024, as well as across the state in collaboration with MGNREGA.

For the systematic capacity building of Anganwadi workers and supervisors, the project in collaboration with DWCD in Madhya Pradesh has developed an interactive e-learning training platform to improve counselling skills and knowledge on nutritionrelevant topics. The platform is integrated within DWCD´s management information system.

Men and women work together at a Community Nutrition Garden in Ragoli village of Chhatarpur district in Madhya Pradesh. © GIZ India SENU project

To address challenges of increased food and nutrition insecurity in Sheopur and Chhatarpur districts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project collaborated with Welthungerhilfe and local partners to implement a sixmonth COVID-19 mitigation initiative. Along with awareness raising, 3,000 millet-based ration kits and 3,000 hygiene kits were distributed to migrant families. More than 3,000 tippy taps and handwashing stations were installed at community and household level to promote good hygiene practices. Furthermore, homestead nutrition gardens were promoted among 8,000 migrant families.

The project’s interventions contributed to increased dietary diversity of women and children. In the first phase of SENU project (2015-2020), the Dietary Diversity Score (IDDS) for women significantly increased from 3.6 (2016) to 5.3 (2020), thus reaching and surpassing the target of 4.6. The Minimum Acceptable Diet (MAD) for children increased from 2.3 (2016) to 3.2 (2020).

Further achievements are that 3,025 Anganwadi workers have been trained in nutrition and hygiene practices, 86% show increased competence. 144,000 women have been provided with practical knowledge on healthy nutrition & hygiene practices, 82% show increased competence. More than 25,000 Anganwadi workers and supervisors have started the e-learning training.

Making learning easy with smartphones: An Anganwadi worker undertaking the e-learning training on nutrition relevant topics and counselling skills. © GIZ India SENU project

The integrated approach of linking nutrition education (N-PLA), nutrition-sensitive micro planning and community/homestead nutrition gardens shall be implemented full-fledged in Barwani and Khandwa districts, in Sheopur and Chhatarpur refresher trainings for modified N-PLA and link to community nutrition gardens will be established. These four districts in Madhya Pradesh will be promoted as learning and exchange hubs to upscale the integrated approach across the state with the project’s governmental partners, especially DWCD and MGNREGA. Another strategy to sustain the approach through the institutionalisation with partners is the systematic capacity development of state partner officials at state, district and village level.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is Germany’s leading provider of international cooperation services. GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of sustainable development.

Dr Susanne Milcher, Project Head, SENU project India, GIZ.

“The UN Food Systems Summit on 23 September 2021 highlighted the importance of an integrated nutrition sensitive approach to improve nutrition and health outcomes. Our integrated approach intends to contribute to the transformation of food systems and the achievement of SDG 2,” said Dr Susanne Milcher, Project Head, SENU project India, GIZ.


Dr Susanne Milcher (Project Director), susanne.milcher@giz.de
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