Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCCC) is supporting Rural Institution for Community Development (RICOD) with the final year of a three-year integrated nutrition and agriculture and livelihoods project in southern Laitpur, Nepal.
The districts within this area face high levels of malnutrition because of its remote location and inaccessibility to transportation required to reach markets, education and health services. Cultural norms in certain caste groups further compound malnutrition of pregnant and lactating women and children living on marginal agriculture land as daughter in laws may be required to eat last in the household and do the heavy work.
This project is working to increase nutrition rates and improve overall livelihoods by providing nutrition and hygiene training to pregnant and lactating women, mother in laws and husbands and is working with women to gain access and decision making power over household money, strengthen kitchen gardens and promote saving and loans groups.
The project is benefitting 1,330 households (7,550 individuals) and particularly focusing on working with women who are pregnant, lactating and/or have children under the age of five.