SPRING began working in Guinea in September 2015, as part of the broader effort within the region to spur recovery from the Ebola crisis of 2014-2015. An initial assessment found that the food security and nutrition situation had significant challenges even before the crisis, and that health and agricultural services had been badly disrupted. SPRING’s primary goal in Guinea is to contribute to improving dietary diversity among households with pregnant and lactating women and children under the age of two in Faranah prefecture, the program’s target area. SPRING will be supporting the overarching Feed the Future objectives of improving nutritional status, leveraging agricultural productivity, and improving income generation.
Between January and September 2016, SPRING/Guinea will focus interventions on developing and testing approaches to promote nutrition-specific behaviors and nutrition-sensitive agriculture practices, sharing lessons learned, and encouraging cross-sectoral collaboration. A number of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) approaches will focus efforts on key behaviors such as improving dietary diversity; maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN); and improved hygiene, with a special focus on the “thousand day households” - those with pregnant women and children under two years of age. Results from SPRING/Guinea’s activities will inform future, longer-term programs.
SPRING/Guinea is partnering with Winrock International in Faranah to implement activities and will be working closely with the Institut Supérieur Agronomique et Vétérinarie (ISAV), key stakeholders, and other local organizations in the region.