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 SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
12930 Jakarta - Selatan
1092 AD Amsterdam
4031 College - Laguna
4031 College - Laguna