Rural advisory services (RAS) are widely seen as a promising channel for improving nutrition in rural communities because of their ability to improve practices in rural households through consistent provision of services and far-reaching networks. Although the concept of leveraging RAS for improved nutrition has been discussed since the 1970s, questions remain on how to best deliver “nutrition-sensitive agricultural” services to rural households through RAS. The Nutrition Working Group (NWG) provides a central forum for RAS actors to create, share, and promote good practices on this topic that will inform their own practices and policy at all levels.
The specific objectives are to:
- Bring global attention to leveraging RAS for improved nutrition by engaging relevant stakeholders: practitioners, researchers, donors, etc.
- Establish a repository for materials documenting integration of nutrition within RAS
- Generate and disseminate findings of research on integrating nutrition within RAS
- Develop reference nutrition training materials and guidance for RAS providers
Appreciating the dynamic interactions between gender equity and nutrition, activities are coordinated with the GFRAS Gender Equality Working Group.
How do I take part?
The following organizations were represented at a day-long planning meeting hosted at IFAD headquarters, Rome on August 17, 2016:
- Bioversity International
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
- INGENAES (Integrating Gender and Nutrition in Agriculture Extension Services),
- Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement
- World Food Programme (WFP)