Farmer Nutrition Schools for Improved Household Nutrition in Bangladesh

Farmer field school

SPRING uses its Farmer Nutrition School (FNS) model of group-based learning for resource-poor households to improve their production and consumption of diversified, micronutrient-rich foods and to target pregnant and lactating women and mothers with children under two in adopting improved nutrition and hygiene practices.

Each FNS member receives seeds and intensive support on homestead food production during two planting seasons, and promotes year-round vegetable production. Producing fish and poultry are encouraged to enhance the nutritional value to the household diet and the income-generating potential of women. Each FNS group session incorporates key ENA and EHA messages throughout the food production training modules (on vegetable gardening, poultry rearing, and fish production), and is designed to respond to the immediate needs of members and encourages creativity and independence. The incorporation of messages based on small "doable" actions helps FNS participants link their food production to improved nutrition and hygiene practices.

SPRING also established a strategy for "graduates" that offers refresher trainings on quality food production techniques and provides follow-up support to ensure that adequate nutrition and hygiene practices will continue.

Download this one page description (PDF, 280 KB) of SPRING/Bangladesh's work with Farmer Nutrition Schools.

Learn more about the FNS model in Bangladesh and view the sessions and technical guides in the publications below.