Mennonite Central Committee Canada is supporting Rural Institution for Community Development with the fifth year of a five-year integrated nutrition and agriculture and livelihoods project in southern Lalitpur, 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.
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. It is also working with women to gain financial access and decision making power, improve kitchen gardens, provide training on commercial vegetable production and livestock management, as well as promote saving and loans groups.
The project aims to reach 1,330 households (6,500 individuals) and is particularly focused on working with women who are pregnant, lactating and/or have children under the age of five.