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Working in 13 countries from 2012 to 2018, the SPRING project supported policy processes across social and behavior change communication (SBCC), anemia prevention, food fortification and...

Group photo of a mother-to-mother support group: a large group of women and men sit in plastic chairs in a circle.

We wrote this brief, which explores SPRING’s work in Ghana, to determine how well our systems framework maps to “real world” nutrition programs.

Location: Ghana
Photo of a woman demonstrating hwo to properly use a tippy tap. Caption: Tippy tap demonstrations in Dinyogu Community and Primary School - in Gushiegu District.

SPRING’s “WASH 1,000” strategy promotes focused, evidence-based WASH behaviors to eliminate common fecal-oral contamination pathways in children during the first 1,000 days. The strategy...

Location: Ghana
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SPRING/Ghana takes a multi-sectoral approach, simultaneously addressing both the direct and underlying causes of malnutrition. Aflatoxins are toxic compounds produced by the molds...

Location: Ghana
Photo of a mother smiling as she carries her baby on her back.

Working with the nutrition, WASH, and agriculture sectors in selected communities, we devised a plan to deliver an integrated package of products, services, and information from all three...

Location: Ghana
A young girl washes her hands at a tippy tap.

In line with global programming, SPRING’s stunting and anemia reduction efforts focus on the segment of the lifecyclecalled the “first 1,000 days,” which encompasses pregnancy and the child...

Location: Ghana
Training in the use of the HemoCue device to measure anemia

This brief describes SPRING’s investments in three areas of anemia programming in Ghana.

Location: Ghana


Photo of a mother holding her child wrapped in a blanket on her back.

During our three years of implementation, SPRING/Ghana carried out a successful multi-sectoral program to improve nutrition within the 15 districts of the Upper East and Northern regions...


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This video highlights learning and experience from SPRING's diverse community media portfolio through four key principles with examples of each principle in action, using various types of...

Discussing district data at the DATA training of trainers

The video features the implementation of DATA in Nepal and Uganda, focusing on local leaders and stakeholders who participated in DATA district-level workshops and national training of...

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Ghana, Uganda, Nepal
A woman and boy kneel over a tarp spread with groundnuts and pick the bad nuts from the good.

SPRING/Ghana is working to reduce aflatoxin contamination in groundnuts. As part of those efforts, we produced a video drama on aflatoxin for dissemination in SPRING project communities....

Training Materials

Photo of about a dozen women with their children and several facilitators sitting outside in chairs for a mother-to-mother support group meeting in Ghana

This guide is designed to be used with a mother-to-mother support group over the course of nine meetings.

A group of farmers, all in a line, prepares a field for groundnuts.

This curriculum was designed to fit the FFS training model, in which sessions are conducted “on the farm,” following an experiential learning model in an environment that allows for...

Keywords: Anemia, Agriculture, Aflatoxin
Location: Ghana

Success Stories

Photo of a woman, Sanatu Fuseini, displaying her VSLA passbook at a meeting with a large group of other women.

When Sanatu Fuseini received a loan of 200 Ghanaian cedis ($50) from her village savings and loan association (VSLA), she was beside herself with joy. Sanatu, a mother of four, had always...

Photo of a man, Tengdo Kuzoba, standing by his latrine and tippy tap.

In rural Kpatia-Tengre, a 131-member community in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region of Ghana, a lack of latrines resulted in community members openly defecating around homes and...

A heath worker plots a child's growth on a chart.

In 2015, SPRING pinpointed inaccurate and incomplete records as a weakness of community-based health planning and services (CHPS) facilities in northern Ghana.

A groundnut farmer receives an award from a FFS instructor.

Then Ganabi joined a farmer field school (FFS) managed by SPRING, USAID’s multi-sectoral nutrition project. The FFS trainings teach farmers good agronomic practices, which make it easier to...

A woman picks okra in her field.

Identifying a need for better hygiene in Yiziidug, in 2016, SPRING introduced community-led total sanitation (CLTS) to Yiziidug.

Job Aids and Tools

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This curriculum is meant for Community Quality Improvement (CQI) trainings where participants are the coaches for CQI teams or are the CQI team members. This training is designed to be...

Keywords: Quality improvement
Location: Ghana
Photo of a smiling baby being held in a woman's arms.

This curriculum is meant for Quality Improvement (QI) trainings where participants are the coaches for the teams or are the QI team members at health facilities. This QI training is...

Keywords: Quality improvement
Location: Ghana
Photo of a group of fathers working through the support group material.

This guide provides instruction for the Father-to-Father Support Group (FTFSG) meetings. The 15 session topics can be completed in 15 meetings and each session should last one hour....

A farmer's hand holding a bunch of just-pulled groundnuts.

SPRING is working to reduce aflatoxin contamination in groundnuts. As part of those efforts, we produced a video drama on aflatoxin for dissemination in SPRING project communities.

Four women pose holding bunches of groundnut plants.

In an effort to support reductions in aflatoxin, Spring/Ghana has developed a training curriculum (Farmer Field School curriculum) for Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs). This photo aid...

Keywords: Aflatoxin, Farmer nutrition school
Location: Ghana


Picture of a group of people looking over a collection of nutrition informational materials on a table.

SPRING/Ghana hosted a learning event to share important lessons and celebrate accomplishments in improving maternal and child nutrition in the country from 2014-2017.

Several men and women cut the ribbon in front of the new nut roasting machine.

SPRING supported the public-private partnership between USAID and Hershey’s, launching a groundnut roaster to produce health foods for Ghanaian children.

Front page of Lesotho profile

SPRING released five new National Anemia Profiles and updated profiles for Ethiopia, Ghana, and Peru.

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Ghana


Ziba Dokurugu, SPRING Agriculture Advisor, explaining our aflatoxin management work with Farmer Field Schools to visitors at the agriculture table at the event

SPRING/Ghana held a learning and sharing event to reflect on implementation successes and recommendations.

School pupils reciting a poem on the effects of malnutrition on children.

SPRING/Ghana participated in an event launching our new nut roasting equipment as part of a public-private partnership with USAID, Hershey, and Project Peanut Butter.


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SPRING’s work in Ghana (2014–2017) aimed to improve the health of 1,000-day households with pregnant women and/or children under 2 years of age. Using evidence-based practices, SPRING...

Location: Ghana


Resource Review Summaries

This webinar is part of the series: "Agriculture-Nutrition-Health linkages: Research in the African context" produced by ANH Academy and the African Nutrition Society. The presentation...

Keywords: Agriculture, Anemia
Location: Ghana

This brief, developed by SPRING, describes country-led efforts to coordinate and implement anemia prevention and control, offering lessons learned to help other countries design the best...

At a time when donors and governments are increasing efforts to mainstream gender in agriculture, it is critical to revisit long-standing wisdom about gender inequalities in agriculture to...

Keywords: Agriculture, Gender
Location: Ghana

This study evaluated three arms of combined preventive malaria and deworming treatment and their effect on anemia and learning outcomes for schoolchildren in Northern Ghana. In Arm 1,...

Keywords: Anemia
Location: Ghana

GAIN shares recent findings on the coverage of fortified foods in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and India. In Côte d’Ivoire, Nutribon, a complementary fortified food product for low income children...

Keywords: Fortification
Location: Ivory Coast, Ghana, India

During this webinar, the inaugural round of fellows from the IMMANA program highlighted their research on developing new methodological approaches to guide agricultural interventions for...

This webinar, hosted by the Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) activity, shares how four Feed the Future projects in Sub-Saharan Africa have contributed to systemic change. These...

Keywords: Agriculture
Location: Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana, Zambia

Positive monitoring reports and feedback from Ghana indicate that the School Meals Planner Package tool can be adapted for other countries to meet context-specific needs. The package...

This policy brief was launched by the Global Panel at its joint high-level meeting with the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) on 12 April 2016 in Accra Ghana. The brief...

Keywords: Aflatoxin
Location: Ghana

This news radio clip and associated article covers the FAO Africa Regional Nutrition Conference in Accra, which includes a speech by Dr. Anna Lartey, Director of the Nutrition Division of...

Keywords: Multi-sector, Malnutrition
Location: Ghana

This study from September 2013 analyzed policy options toward promoting nutrient-dense foods to reduce undernutrition in Ghana. Markets have the potential to deliver these but are inhibited...

Keywords: Nutrient-dense crops
Location: Ghana

Since 2009, Opportunity International has disbursed more than 164,000 agricultural loans and opened more than 618,000 rural savings accounts across Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Ghana, and...