Project profile — Improving Nutrition through Homestead Food Production


HKI - Helen Keller International
2013-03-27 - 2016-12-30
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Côte d'Ivoire (24.30%)
• Senegal (15.37%)
• Tanzania (31.89%)
• Burkina Faso (28.44%)


• Basic Health: Basic nutrition (12240) (40.00%)
• Agricultural inputs:
Agricultural inputs (31150) (20.00%)
Food crop production (31161) (30.00%)
Agricultural education/training (31181) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to improve the nutrition of women and young children in select target populations in three or four countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The project seeks to improve nutrition by providing training in home-based agricultural production, education on nutrition, and raising awareness of behaviour change, such as promoting good breast-feeding practices. In addition, this project aims to continuously monitor the impact of these activities on child growth and nutritional status as well as the number of women adopting good breast-feeding and nutrition practices in the home.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) increased sustainable production under women’s control of nutrient-rich plant- and animal-source foods in target villages; (2) improved intake of nutritious foods and adoption of good nutrition and water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices by beneficiaries of homestead food production; and (3) increased adoption of policies for scale up of Enhanced Homestead Food Production (EHFP) by local and national governments and national and Africa regional strategic partners.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2016 include: (1) training and service delivery to over 13,000 beneficiaries (including 11,500 women) in all four countries have been completed; (2) there are positive outcomes in nutrition including an overall improvement of nutritious food intake by children under five; (3) the percentage of mothers with knowledge of exclusive breastfeeding practices has increased from approximately 48% to 80%; (4) over 4,500 beneficiary households gained access to the production of micronutrient-rich foods including orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, chickens and eggs; (5) since 2013, the dietary diversity of beneficiary women in Tanzania and Burkina Faso has increased from 48% to 80% and the percentage of children consuming iron rich foods increased from 37% to 91%; and (6) in Côte d’Ivoire household food insecurity has decreased from 84% to 60%.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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