The Coalition for Food and Nutrition (CFNS) security was invited by Trickle Up Asia to provide support to frame a strategy for the continuation and addressing ultra- poverty through integrated development interventions. Dr. Sujeet Ranjan, Executive Director of CFNS shared his insights on the Community-led initiative for improved Nutrition outcomes.
He presented the success of “Gram Varta” (participatory learning and action approach) to mobilise community through Self Help Group to improve nutrition outcomes at family & individual level in Bihar. He also shared the key learning –
• The self-help groups (SHG) structure had great potential as a change agent.
• SHG movement had helped women to overcome the socio-cultural barriers.
• Provided a ready platform for introducing community-led actions to reduce malnutrition and hygiene behaviors.
• It is a sustainable approach because the community is seen to be fully involved
• Empowers self-help groups with the knowledge and skills
• Gram Varta aimed to improve access to the services and strengthens the community level institution.
There was participation in the event from the leadership team of Trickle Up (the United States and Asia Region), resource persons from the government, independent commissions, civil society organisations, corporate organizations as well as program participants.