Farmer nutrition school


SPRING and NHSDP staff travel to Dhalchor

SPRING helps bring health care within reach for many families in Southern Bangladesh through partnerships with the USAID-DFID NHSDP

Two men and a woman look at informational literature

Program reaches 5,500 farmers with diverse nutrition-sensitive and -specific interventions in agriculture, health and water.

A farmer's field in Mali

The newly released Agriculture Indicators Report highlights the agricultural outcome of SPRING/Mali’s agricultural work.

Keywords: Farmer nutrition school
Location: Mali
SPRING's table at the Safollo Gatha

The Safollo Gatha—a SBCC best practices in health, population, and nutrition programs event—was held March 27 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Participants in the SPRING/Bangladesh visit

On Thursday, February 25, a USAID delegation visited a community clinic and a Farmer Nutrition School in Abhaynagar upazila.

A group of saplings

SPRING/Mali distributed 11,000 moringa, 2,750 papayas, and 2,750 baobab tree saplings to FNS beneficiaries as a follow-up to FNS training.

GIS Day participants

USAID Bangladesh and North South University organized a workshop on GIS Day to raise awareness about the important role GIS can play in development.

Keywords: Farmer nutrition school
Location: Bangladesh


USAID Acting Administrator Visits a SPRING/Bangladesh Farmer Nutrition School

The USAID Acting Administrator visited a SPRING/Bangladesh Farmer Nutrition School as part of a short VIP tour of Khulna.

Keywords: Farmer nutrition school
Location: Bangladesh
VIP USAID delegation at the new FNS site in Chhota Bahirdia Purbopara in Fakirhat upazila Bagerhat, Khulna - 28 October, 2014

The Assistant Administrator for USAID/Asia, Ms. Anne Aarnes, and the USAID/Bangladesh Mission Director, Ms. Janina Jaruzelski, visited SPRING on Tuesday, October 28 as part of a short tour...

Keywords: Farmer nutrition school
Location: Bangladesh
Vitamin A Plus Campaign inauguration by the Upazila Health & Family Planning Officer in Barisal Division

SPRING supported upazila health and family planning departments by providing outreach services to communities and helping with intensive community mobilization (including making public ser


Mali countryside

Over seven days in late January, 2016, trained SPRING field agents administered a survey to randomly selected project beneficiaries to inform project achievements for key Feed the Future (...

Woman and child washing hands using a Tippy Tap.

In June 2014, SPRING/Bangladesh conducted a tippy tap and handwashing study in 120 households in the Khulna and Barisal divisions of Bangladesh. Our primary objective with this study was to...

Success Stories

Mehdi Hasan Sattar helps his wife in the homestead garden, where the family grows nutritious vegetables. Photo credit: SPRING/Bangladesh

When Mehdi Hasan Sattar, a resident of Khulna's Rupsha upazila, first heard that his wife had enrolled in a USAID-funded farmer nutrition school (FNS), he was skeptical.

Farmer nutrition school participants practice throwing a net into the fish pond in Babuganj. The fish they catch will provide critical nutrients to their families. Photo: SPRING/Bangladesh

Fish are a major component of the Bangladeshi diet, providing excellent nutritional benefits, especially for pregnant and lactating women and young children.

In Durgapur village, a farmer nutrition school graduate and her son tend to the chickens that produce important nutrients for their family.

SPRING has been supporting Durgapur’s FNS since 2012 to improve nutrition and hygiene for pregnant and lactating women and women with children under two through improved access to a more...

Woman holding and feeding her toddler

Determined to provide better nutrition and care for her baby, Dolly decided to enroll in a Farmer Nutrition School (FNS) in Bahadurpur in October 2013. Funded by USAID and implemented...

Woman holding child standing with mother-in-law outside

Using a group-based learning model, Bangladesh’s Farmer Nutrition Schools (FNS) provide training that enhances access to diversified nutrient-rich vegetables, poultry, and fish for pregnant...

Aporna Shikder and her daughter use a tippy tap to wash their hands in rural Bangladesh.

Thanks to the FNS, which is implemented by SPRING, Ms. Shikder is getting more out of her poultry rearing operation after learning new techniques like providing vaccinations for healthier...

A More Plentiful Home

In October 2014, Parvin, then a lactating mother, enrolled in one of the Farmer Nutrition Schools (FNS) organized by the USAID SPRING project. She has never missed an FNS session. In...

Hatching Manjila's Dream

Manjila is the only earning member in her family, working as a maid, and has faced significant hardships to support her family. She was determined to make a better life for her family.

Keywords: Farmer nutrition school
Location: Bangladesh
Cashing in on Improved Hatching Pots

Fatema Begum attended every farmer nutrition school (FNS) session, and during the poultry-rearing sessions, she learned about the importance of the “hajol,” or improved hatching pot.

Piyara with her youngest child

Ten months ago, Piyara enrolled in one of SPRING’s Farmer Nutrition School (FNS) sessions in the Lalmohan upazila. During these FNS sessions, she learned about proper health, nutrition,...

Mothers Becoming Homestead Farmers in Bangladesh

By joining a farmer nutrition school, Anowara received valuable knowledge on hygiene, nutrition, and homestead food production, including techniques to improve vegetable gardening, poultry...

Keywords: Farmer nutrition school
Location: Bangladesh


SPRING/Bangladesh staff collecting coordinates

SPRING/Bangladesh has been using geographic information systems (GIS) since its inception in 2012. The project has produced maps of its 40 working upazilas in Bangladesh and is delighted to...

Keywords: Farmer nutrition school
Location: Bangladesh
A community worker trains a group of people

By teaching about handwashing through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) actions, SPRING/Mali helps contribute toward reducing rates of infection and ultimately, malnutrition.

FNS participants receive a cooking demonstration about incorporating nutrient rich foods like squash and okra.

SPRING is reaching local farmers across the Mopti region with nutrition-sensitive agriculture education through Farmer Nutrition School trainings.

Farmer field school

SPRING uses its Farmer Nutrition School (FNS) model of group-based learning for resource-poor households to improve their production and consumption of diversified, micronutrient-rich foods...

Training Materials

Woman with child picking fruit

This guide incorporates ENA and EHA in each session to encourage families to adopt improved practices in health and nutrition as well as HFP, when they have pregnant women and/or children...


Resource Review Summaries

This article features one community’s story of an innovative, community-focused approach to tackling malnutrition in rural Bangladesh through its Farmer Nutrition School pioneered by SPRING...

Nutrition training of health and agriculture workers is critical to reduce child undernutrition. This manual, available in English and Amharic, equips health and agriculture workers at the...

The FAO has published detailed process reviews of two agriculture-nutrition education projects that aimed to improve infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices using local foods,...