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Sharing, Learning, and Refining: SPRING Holds Program Design for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Workshop in Guatemala

Over the past several years, SPRING has worked to create and refine guidance for the design of nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs. In late January and early February of 2018, SPRING staff Heather Danton and Sarah McClung traveled to Guatemala to share this knowledge and conduct a two-day workshop with the USAID/Guatemala Fomenting Agriculture Incomes and Resilience (FAIR) Project. The SPRING team was accompanied by USAID/BFS Nutrition Advisor Meghan Anson, and a consultant with USAID/BFS’s Food Security Service Center, Dr. Jim Yazman.

The collaboration with FAIR provided an opportunity for SPRING to test its 5-step approach for integrating nutrition-sensitive agriculture outcomes into the newly awarded project’s agriculture activities. The SPRING team worked with 32 participants from the FAIR implementing partners Popoyan and FEDECOCAGUA, passing on important learning about nutrition-sensitive agriculture and tackling malnutrition in the Guatemala context. The workshop was primarily facilitated by Dr. Yazman in Spanish using a translated version of the Designing Effective Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Activities Facilitator’s Guide. This learning exchange further provided SPRING with valuable feedback to help refine the design guidance and associated resources, which will be finalized in mid-2018.