Ghana&Mali Joint Planning Meeting Jan2015

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Joint Ghana/Mali Review and Planning Meeting on Improving Household Nutrition
14-16 January 2015
Palm Beach Hotel, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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Background[edit | edit source]

Improving nutrition of rural farm families, especially women and children under 24 months is a key component of the 5-year, USAID-funded, IITA-led, Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) project being implemented rural communities in northern Ghana and southern Mali. A recent mid-term external review of the project made the underlisted recommendations on the household nutrition research-for-development activities. Consequently, IITA, ICRISAT, AVRDC and partners agreed to organize this workshop to address some of the recommendations.

  1. Review data held globally on nutritional status of populations. Link with LANSET and international research institutions covering maternal and child health, and production and nutrition linkages.
  2. Draw up detailed plans, including sampling/ research designs as soon as possible and establish links with relevant national health and nutrition programmes to ensure scaled outcomes.
  3. The World Vegetable Centre (AVRDC), University for Development Studies (UDS) and Institut d’Economie Rurale should prepare a comparative research program cutting across Ghana and Mali focused on children 24 months and under, pregnant women and different household categories.
  4. In Mali, the nutrition schools appear to have produced a few success stories in 2012. If a sample of participants can be identified, a systematic study designed for learning should assess the hypothesis that Nutritional Schools stimulate changes in cropping patterns.

Specific objectives[edit | edit source]

  1. Review past and current activities on improving household nutrition – Ghana and Mali.
  2. Discuss the mid-term review recommendations and make suggestions for addressing them.
  3. Identify research-for-development activities on improving household nutrition that can be implemented in both countries.
  4. Prepare a draft work-plan (including sampling and research design) for implementation of activities.
  5. Identify national and international research and development partners for the implementation of the work-plan.
  6. Outline mechanisms to strengthen knowledge sharing and learning across countries.

Workshop outputs[edit | edit source]

  1. A work-shop report summarizing key conclusions.
  2. Suggestions on how to address the mid-term project review recommendations.
  3. Draft work-plan on improving household nutrition at the project sites in Ghana and Mali ( Click here to download work-plan template)

Workshop Agenda[edit | edit source]

List of Participants[edit | edit source]

Workshop Report (to be uploaded later)[edit | edit source]