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Formulation of a participatory method for planning sustainable nutrition and nutrition-related components of programmes, projects and existing service delivery systems : urban and rural settings contrasted

Objective



Earlier research had led to the development of a method for comprehensive evaluation of the nutritional aspects of nutrition-related projects, based on the causal approach. The application of the method, initially developed in the Philippines, to projects in Nepal and Kenya, strongly indicates that both approach and tools can indeed be very effectively used in nutrition planning.

The general hypothesis to be tested is that decentralized, highly participatory planning of sustainable nutrition-related action,using the set of tools available, is not only possible, but that it will also bring measurable benefits to the implementation and output results of the host projects and/or systems. A second hypothesis is that approaches developed in rural areas can be adapted to urban settings.

The purpose of the present research, therefore, is the development and final formulation of such a nutrition planning method. Innovative aspects are the emphasis on decentralisation of decisions, participation, concern for simplicity and low cost, sustainability, importance of the social sciences, and applicability to both rural and urban settings.
The proposed research possesses two components : a strong theoretical aspect, including review of literature, analysis of past experiences of the partners, and building of an updated basis for nutrition planning, and a field component. The latter will be conducted in three different rural development projects in the Philippines (implemented with support from respectively the Government of the Netherlands, the National Nutrition Council, and UNICEF), and in one community-based health project in Indonesia. The latter, in Jakarta, will be the first attempt to apply the approach in an urban setting, where the determinants of nutrition are less known and will therefore have to be investigated as well.
Expected outputs include a monograph or book on nutrition planning, a guide, educational material, ánd articles on specific issues - among which the urban aspects will receive emphasis.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL MEDICINE PRINCE LEOPOLD
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155,Nationalestraat 155
2000 Anvers /Antwerpen
Belgium

Participants (4)

Atma Jaya Research Center
Indonesia
Address
51,Jl. Jenderal Sudirman
12930 Jakarta - Selatan
ROYAL TROPICAL INSTITUTE
Netherlands
Address
63,Mauritskade 63
1092 AD Amsterdam
University of the Philippines at Los Banos
Philippines
Address

4031 College - Laguna
University of the Philippines at Los Banos
Philippines
Address

4031 College - Laguna