SPRING pioneered the community-based farmer nutrition schools (FNS) approach to promote the production of nutrient-dense vegetables, fruits, and animal source foods at the household level in Bangladesh. We incorporate the essential nutrition actions and essential hygiene actions into modules on vegetable gardening, poultry rearing, and fish production. By emphasizing small “doable” actions, we give FNS participants the knowledge and skills they need to link food production with improved nutrition and hygiene practices, including exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and consumption of a diversified diet. Since its inception, SPRING/Bangladesh has established 6,421 FNS groups, supporting 126,255 pregnant and lactating women and caregivers of children under two.
This video provides an overview of FNS and features testimonials from some of the many women who participated in the schools.