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Tools for » Scaling up the fight against child hunger and malnutrition in south-east Mauritania
Project ID:00067247Description:MDGF-2019-I-MRT
MDG Achievement Fund
Start Date *: 31 Mar 2009
MDGF SP-ChildFoodSec&Nutri
End Date*: 20 Jun 2013
Country: Mauritania Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple


The JP’s main objective was to reduce the rate of underweight among children under 5 years of age in the two south east Regions of the Country. The joint programme was able to reach this objective, having reduced the underweight rate from 40% to 24%, which represents 22,000 children.

Food security was increased through a series of actions such as the creation of over  123 local food stocks set to benefit nearly 16,000 beneficiaries, with a focus on those most vulnerable, in addition to multifunction shops created based on market studies. The JP helped secure access to financial services for the poor through mutual funds and micro-credits which benefitted over 1,200 women. In addition, revolving funds for stocking and commercialization of agricultural products were supported.

The programme helped strengthen coordination mechanisms as well as increased participation, especially of those most vulnerable, for example, village committees to manage small farms or  market gardens for grains, regional committees or the revitalization of women cooperatives.

Extensive training to promote essential practices was made available to parents, community volunteers and health practitioners.  Nearly 40 community nutrition centers were supported and water quality was also improved through training of technicians.

The programme also supported monitoring capacities. It undertook two nutritional surveys and one food security survey annually.


Outcome 1:

Food security increased.


Outcome Achievements:

  • Over 123 local food stocks set up benefitted nearly 16,000 beneficiaries, including those most vulnerable.
  • 9 multifunction shops created based on a market study undertaken at the beginning of the programme.
  • Mutual funds and micro-credits were set up for the poor to access to financial services. 8 mutual funds benefitted over 1200 women.
  • Creation of revolving funds for stocking and commercialization of agricultural products.
  • Productive agricultural skills were strengthened, with a focus on women head of households.
  • 22 village committees were set up for the management of small farms, market gardens for grains.
  • Revitalization of 20 women cooperatives.


Outcome 2:

Behavioral change in mothers and under 5 year old children to prevent Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).


Outcome Achievements:

  • The programme supported 37 community nutrition centers.
  • Training  of health personnel on nutritional screening and on essential family practices.
  • Local actors were trained to support exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, with 500 community liaisons  and 114 nurses having received training to support women breastfeeding.
  • Regular training provided to parents.
  • 125 health practitioners were trained on nutrition for children.
  • Water quality was improved through training of technicians in charge of monitoring water quality.
  • 191 health practitioners trained on the new Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) protocol, with follow up support.


Outcome 3:

National partner’s nutrition and food security coordination/monitoring capacities increased.


Outcome Achievements:

  • Two regional committees set up for the first time to coordinate nutrition activities.
  • Two nutritional surveys, one during the period of wielding and one post harvest, were undertaken each year during the programme.
  • One food security survey was conducted annually.


Best Practices:

  • Support development of plans to help respond to humanitarian emergency (regular support to local partners, priority zones and activities identified).
  • Strategic alliances were created (nutrition and food security core groups have been established).
  • Thanks to the support of the MDG Secretariat, a Knowledge Management Study carried out to systematize, capture and disseminate the experiences of the Joint Programme.


Lessons Learned:

  • The complexity of JP interventions requires high levels of coordination, communication and planning.
  • The use of nutritional indicators helped to promote diversified food production with greater nutritional value.
  • The length of the programme was insufficient to secure the intended results, but especially to ensure sustainability.
  • One of the best ways to reach the most vulnerable is through the management structures which increased involvement of women and youth in the communities.  The implementation of the Coordination unit at the village level contributes to reinforce ownership
  • The importance of effective communication was underestimated, the key to ensure commitment.
  • The JP has helped strengthen local capacities and provided new ways of working and coordinating.
  • Joint interventions provide a more holistic and coordinated approach and as such can be more efficient. 


More details can be found in the documents below.

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