Save the Children_SUCHANA: Ending the Cycle of Under-nutrition in Bangladesh_QUARTERLY PROGRESS REPORT Nutrition sensitive aquaculture and horticultural activities of Suchana, WorldFish_July 2021 - September 2021
- WorldFish is mainly promoting nutrition-sensitive fish and vegetable production systems to the beneficiary households (BHHs) of the Suchana program. Suchana: Ending the cycle of undernutrition in Bangladesh is a multi-sectoral nutrition program that aims to achieve a significant reduction in stunting amongst children under two years of age in Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts of Bangladesh by catalyzing support across government and other stakeholders. Suchana has adopted an integrated approach delivering both nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions to prevent chronic malnutrition within the critical first 1,000 days of a child’s life. The program is led by Save the Children and involves WorldFish, HKI, IDE, icddr,b, CNRS, FIVDB and RDRS as consortium partners. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and European Union (EU) Delegation are providing financial support. As per the graduation model, Suchana program has a sequence of interventions where beneficiary households of each union receive intensive support in the first year, then technical, behavioral change and follow-up supports are continued up to the third year. After end of third year, the beneficiary households are being phased-out. A total of 235,500 beneficiary households from 158 unions of 20 upazilas have been receiving support through 4 different phases over the project period since 2016 and it will be phased out at the end 2022. It was anticipated that 30% of beneficiary-households would have access to ponds or other small water-bodies and would receive support on nutrition-sensitive fish production along with vegetable production and behavioral change messaging on nutrition. This includes technical training, coaching, inputs and linkages with local market actors and service providers from both public and private sectors. The major inputs are lime, fish fingerlings and fish feed for fish culture; different types of fishing gears including nets and bamboo traps for fishing; poultry birds for small-scale poultry rearing; and seeds, seedlings and cuttings for vegetables. Fish production focuses mainly on carp-tilapia-mola poly-culture along with other small indigenous fish species (SiS) using improved management practices. The main aim of these components is to increase production, consumption and income of nutritious food, especially fish and vegetables to enhance the dietary diversity of reproductive age women, adolescent girls and 0-23 months of children.
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