SPRING Joins Global Leaders for International Conference on Integrated Nutrition for East Africa
On September 14-15, three SPRING staff presented at the Catholic Relief Services' 2015 Integrated Nutrition Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, contributing to the international dialogue around integrated strategies to improve nutritional outcomes. This conference brought together global leaders in nutrition, WASH, agriculture, and health to discuss gaps and solutions in integrated, nutrition-sensitive programming in East Africa.
Dr. Lidan Du, SPRING Research Advisor, led one of four plenary panel sessions, titled "Understanding and Applying the Agriculture-to-Nutrition Pathways and Principles" (read about the pathways). During this session, Dr. Du and Mr. Ziba Dokurugu, Agriculture Advisor from SPRING/Ghana, and Ms. Kristi Tabaj, Advisor, Gender and Livelihoods, for TOPS, described how the agriculture-to-nutrition pathways, particularly the women’s empowerment pathway, have been applied in various countries and contexts.
In addition, Dr. Du participated in the panel entitled "Integrating across nutrition-sensitive approaches: WASH, agriculture, health, early childhood development, and the household," discussing SPRING’s applied research and technical assistance on the ways that agriculture can contribute to nutritional outcomes.
Finally, Ms. Nancy Adero, Program Officer for Micronutrients and Anaemia from SPRING/Uganda, presented findings from the district-level work from SPRING’s "Pathways to Better Nutrition" case study in Uganda, which has explored how nutrition stakeholders have prioritized nutrition interventions and supported the implementation of the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP). In her poster presentation, Ms. Adero highlighted lessons learned from the implementation of the multisectoral UNAP in the Kisoro district.
Pictured (from left to right) are Lidan Du, SPRING, Nancy Adero, SPRING/Uganda, and Dokurugu Ziba, SPRING/Ghana.
The Women’s Empowerment Pathways (PDF, 316 KB)