India has served as a rich testing ground for SPRING’s approach to using community video for improved nutrition, starting in 2013 with a feasibility study of the SPRING-Digital Green community video collaboration before scaling the approach up in 4 countries in Africa. In 2016, SPRING supported the design of the five-year randomized control trial, Upscaling Participatory Action and Videos for Agriculture and Nutrition (UPAVAN), which uses SPRING’s and Digital Green’s community video approach to promote improved practices by mediating disseminations of community-made videos at women’s self help groups.
In 2016, SPRING led formative research to explore community members’ knowledge, attitudes, and current practices related to agriculture, income, and nutrition. This research informed training packages on maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MICYN) and nutrition-sensitive agriculture for community agriculture extension workers and health workers. SPRING continues to support UPAVAN implementation. UPAVAN will periodically share program findings, contributing to the evidence base for effective nutrition-sensitive agriculture and MIYCN approaches, and informing future efforts to use community video for nutrition.