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Tools for » Improving Nutrition and Food Security for the Peruvian Child: a Capacity Building Approach
Project ID 00067248 Description MDGF-2024-I-PER Children
Fund
MDG Achievement Fund
Start Date *: 31 Mar 2009
Theme
MDGF SP-ChildFoodSec&Nutri
Project status Financially Closed
Country Peru Participating Organization   Multiple
About

Overview:

The JP’s objective was to contribute to the country's policies to reduce the prevalence of chronic malnutrition, with emphasis on reducing inequalities. As such, the primary goal was to strengthen institutional capacities of the sub-national governments staff charged with implementing the National Nutrition Strategy (CRECER). 

The JP helped strengthened the national government capacity to manage and implement plans and programs to combat malnutrition. Four coordination units were created to combat malnutrition and a Multi-sectoral Technical Committee on Food Fortification and the Creation of the Andes Commonwealth  were created as tools to combat chronic malnutrition and poverty.

Capacity building was undertaken including the development of the Social Management Diploma and the Diploma of Public Investment Systems, which over 200 staff attended. An additional 200 staff benefited from the Diploma on Comprehensive Health Care with a focus on family and community health, and others received training in obstetric emergencies, anthropometry, early stimulation and monitoring growth and development.

23 projects to fight child malnutrition were formulated under the National Public Investment System (SNIP) of which 18 are now registered in SNIP.

A series of studies were developed to inform decision making including a study to determine the Reference Price of the Comprehensive Food Baskets (Pin) Nutrition Program and the mapping of Chronic Malnutrition in children under 5 years at provincial and district level 2009. A study was conducted of Quality and Acceptability of the main products of the Integrated Nutrition Program (Pin).

 

Outcome 1:

The Technical Secretariat of the Inter-ministerial Commission for Social Affairs (ST-CIAS) and the sectors that form the E.N. CRECER have strengthened their capacity for integrated management of plans and programs to combat malnutrition and support to selected regions.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • The JP strengthened the national government capacity for integrated management plans and programs to combat malnutrition and to support regions.
  • Coordination units to combat malnutrition installed and operational Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Apurimac and Loreto.
  • Multi-sectoral Technical Committee on Food Fortification was founded  and a methodology for the construction of Food Baskets with strategic foods to guarantee Food Security and Nutrition for each of the regions was developed.
  • A series of studies was developed to contribute to the strengthening of national government capacity, highlighted are: Study to determine the Reference Price of the Comprehensive Food Baskets (Pin) Nutrition Program; Mapping of Chronic Malnutrition in children under 5 years at provincial and district level 2009; Study on Quality and Acceptability of the main products of the Integrated Nutrition Program (Pin).

 

Outcome 2:

The selected regional and district governments have strengthened their capacity for the integrated management of programs and projects to combat malnutrition.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • Creation of the Andes Commonwealth with the regions of Ayacucho, Apurimac, and Huancavelica as macro regional forum for consultation and coordination to combat chronic malnutrition and poverty
  • The regions of Ayacucho, Apurimac, Huancavelica and Loreto have programs and articulated local plans to combat malnutrition.
  • Implementation of the Social Management Diploma to 200 staff (implemented in Ayacucho, Apurimac, Huancavelica and Loreto) and the Diploma of Public Investment Systems SNIP (in Huancavelica and Loreto)
  • 23 projects to fight child malnutrition formulated under the National Public Investment System (SNIP).

 

Outcome 3:

The Regional Management, Networks, Micro-networks and health facilities in the areas of the JP ensure integrated care for women of childbearing age, pregnant women and boys and girls.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • Model of comprehensive health care with a focus on family and community health in the 4 Regional Health intervention regions.
  • A national legal framework on family and community health, multimicronutrient, growth and development was developed.
  • Training of 200 staff in obstetric emergencies, anthropometry, early stimulation and monitoring growth and development.
  • Diploma on Comprehensive Health Care with a focus on family and community health for 200 officials in the 4 regions implemented in coordination with the Ministry of Health, Local Universities and the 4 regional governments.

 

Outcome 4:

The boys and girls in the areas covered by the JP have improved their nutrition and development situation. Pregnant women have improved their nutritional status.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • Promotion of an innovative participatory communication methodology that is used by 135 operators of health, agriculture and other community work related instances, with participation of over 200 families have been motivated.
  • Over 100 developers and community workers trained to promote healthy practices.
  • Toolbox on healthy eating created for facilitators/social programs validated with nearly 4,000 participants and incorporated into the National School Food Program "Qali Warma".
  • Ayacucho, Apurimac and Loreto have community monitoring to promote the care of pregnant women and children. 50 Community surveillance systems being implemented. Ayacucho, Apurimac and Huancavelica and Loreto have at least 100 professional and technically strengthened health systems in implementing community policing of gestation and the growth and development of young children.

 

Outcome 5:

Families in the JP areas have improved their production, post production, availability and access to safe and nutritious food, thereby contributing to ensuring food security.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • 3 Regional Governments incorporate the methodology Schools Farmer Field in their development plans
  • 17 local governments incorporate the ECA methodology in their district development plans to boost the agricultural and agro-industrial activity
  • Training on agricultural risk management for 56 regional governments and 389 local governments.
  • 15 local governments have incorporated risk management into their development plans agreed.
  • 198 technicians public and private entities and 4,341 families trained in the methodology to incorporate good agricultural practices, improve agricultural production post, risk management and offer quality products, adding value added and reduce vulnerability.
  • Developed regulations on Food Security and ratified: Politics and National Food Safety Food Safety Regional Councils, Regional Food Security Strategies.
  • Maps risk management for the 4 regions and 65 districts

 

Outcome 6:

The national government and regional and district governments have strengthened their monitoring and evaluation systems, and have focused them on decision making in health, nutrition, production, food security, water and sanitation.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • 4 Regional Governments and Commonwealth of the Andes have situation  rooms for poverty and determinants of child malnutrition.
  • 2 Regional Governments have Management Agreements for reducing poverty and malnutrition.

 

Best practices:

  • One of the most critical in the implementation of the strategy aspect is the ability of management and technical institutions. Processes that effect capacity building are key. Training strategies must be based on the installed capacity in the territories, contributing to their empowerment. The selection of local universities and training is a good practice that should be replicated in the future.
  • The articulation of the joint programme interventions with other interventions of the agencies generated synergies.
  • The structure of the JP contributed to faster joint response during the floods in Loreto in 2012.
  • Community approach to fight malnutrition acknowledged as a best practice by local authorities (to be strengthened and replicated; funds raised at local community level to design and implement inter-regional projects).
  • Strong focus on participative processes to implement and monitor JP.
  • Sustainability matrix and ”knowledge transfer plans” designed and approved with key counterparts.

 

Lessons learned:

  • Capacity building and advocacy activities with local counterparts are crucial to ensure JP sustainability and mitigate the risk of implementation obstacles.
  • The Regional Teams were an effective mechanism to promote joint management in the areas of intervention since it addressed the different components, regardless of the agency that was in charge of hiring.
  • Working together creates greater legitimacy (and credibility) vis-a-vis domestic partners, promotes greater capacity to influence and is more suitable to deal with multiple causes problems like chronic child malnutrition.
  • Joint programming requires some degree of harmonization of administrative & management procedures.
  • Local teams should be strengthened, decreasing their dependence on the headquarters of the agencies.
  • Interagency work may be operational (linked to a single intervention), but its logic requires a more long term strategic view. The UNDAF can be a good basis for the framework of joint work.
  • Joint programming establishes comprehensive multisectoral models which address the main components of child malnutrition, what action is needed and how to address it. It is an important achievement that involves all participating agencies.
  • Community participation based approach was one of the key aspects of the intervention.
  • In middle income countries with great inequities like Peru, South-South cooperation has been one of the best ways to analyze and learn.
  • The development of macro-regional alliances such as the Commonwealth of the Andes, presents new opportunities such as the mobilization of additional resources, sharing positive experiences, the management of human resources, the demand for improvements to the central government, etc.
  • Regular and timely monitoring and evaluation of progress is necessary. In this regard it is important to strengthen the existing information systems instead of creating new ones.
  • Joint management, evaluation and implementation streamlines the intervention and increases likelihood of sustainability of results. 

 

More details can be found in the documents below.

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