USAID nutrition programme a hit with farming households

USAID nutrition programme a hit with farming households

A lady poses for a photograph at an occasion marking National Nutrition Day, held below the theme ‘Safer Food, Better Health’, in Kampong Thom province’s Stoung district in December. USAID IECD

Many farmers are having fun with the advantages of the vitamin promotion programme being run by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The undertaking empowers farmers by educating them to develop wholesome greens.

Choeun Channoeng, one of many mannequin farmers of the undertaking, stated USAID had given him new agricultural abilities. He didn’t simply be taught to develop greens, however methods to use fertilisers, put together soil, rotate crops and make compost. He additionally has a superb understanding of which greens are finest for young children, and why they’re necessary for his or her growth.

“This undertaking has helped my household and I rather a lot. Thanks to the usage of pure compost, I’ve lowered the prices of rising produce, and the well being of the kids in my household is best as a result of they’ve entry to a nutritious diet,” stated Channoeng.

The Research Triangle Institute and Helen Keller International (Cambodia), funded by the USAID, are collaborating with a number of authorities establishments to advertise baby vitamin in Cambodia. The undertaking, which serves 36 villages in Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear provinces, started in July 2020. It will conclude in July 2025.

The two organisations are implementing the programme in accordance with the federal government’s National Policy for the Protection and Development of Young Children, and have recognized 3,600 households who at present profit from the undertaking.

Hun Vannary, senior technical director of the programme, stated its essential objective is to offer help for the event of youngsters from their mom’s womb till they’re 5 years of age. Improved well being and vitamin means improved growth, bodily, mentally and socially. The undertaking additionally ensures that kids with developmental delays and disabilities have entry to acceptable care.

“We help about 3,600 farming households, most of them with kids below 5 years previous. The focused households are actually extra targeted than ever on offering a nutritious diet to their kids,” he added.

The undertaking contributes to a rise within the effectivity of small-scale agricultural actions, together with rising fruit and greens, and animal husbandry. It additionally teaches key messages on points involving gender and monetary training.

A Helen Keller International stated that extra coaching was offered throughout December. Officials from the agriculture departments of the 2 provinces ran workshops on vegetable cultivation for 625 farmers, 541 of them girls.

An extra 3-day coaching course, which coated the cultivation of crops and poultry farming strategies, was held for 33 mannequin farmers. The farmers will return to their villages and share their newfound information.

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