Project profile — Building Capacity for Sustainable Livelihoods and Health

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Building Capacity for Sustainable Livelihoods and Health - Overview
McGill University (CA-CRA_ACR-3119128981)
2013-04-09 - 2018-06-05
Country / region • Ghana (100.00%)
Sector • Basic Health
Basic nutrition (12240) (50.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural development (31120) (50.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (significant objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to increase access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food, and improve the health, economic well-being and social development of the underserved rural population of the Upper Manya Krobo district of Ghana. Beneficiaries are part of the three interventions (i) agriculture-nutrition education intervention (ANI) for households with infants that supported egg production (288 women-children dyads & families); (ii) savings-education intervention for adolescent girls that promoted financial literacy and healthy life choices (776 adolescents & families); (iii) behaviour change communication (BCC) radio intervention that promoted dietary diversity for young children (692 women with children < 5 y & families). Project activities also contribute to increasing the capacity of local institutions to formulate evidence-based policy, develop programs, and produce adult education materials. This project is implemented by McGill University in partnership with the University of Ghana.

Expected results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: improved access by women, adolescents, children, and other vulnerable groups to district services offered in rural nutrition and health, agriculture, small businesses and environment; and, increased planning and implementation capacity of rural communities, particularly women, at the district level in nutrition/health, agricultural production, small businesses, and environment.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of the end of the project (June 2018) include: (1) throughout the Upper Manya Krobo district (UMKD), the enrollment of mothers in microcredit programs progressed from 19.1% (54 women) at baseline to 24.7% (71 women), with 88% of enrolled mothers having reported a high level of satisfaction with the programs; (2) saving accounts were opened for 666 adolescents girls directly involved in the project and another 564 girls of nearby sub-district through a local bank; (3) the rate of the exclusive breastfeeding of infants less than 6 months of age has progressed from 69.9% (885 infants of which 457 female) to 92.5% (1,171 infants of which 565 female); (4) 98.7% of children (3,749 children of which 1,846 girls) are consuming animal source food (compared to 54.7% at baseline), and differences observed between girls (51.7%) and boys (59.9%) before the project disappeared (girls 98.6%; boys 98.8%); (5) 58.5% of infants and young children (2,193 infants and children) of UMKD are now meeting the minimum diet diversity recommendation; (6) the percentage of malnourished children in the district decreased going from 5.8% to 2.4%; (7) the percentage of women reporting income generating activities at the district level increased to 86.2% (785 out of 911 women) compared to 53.9% at baseline; and (8) median income generated by women increased by 66.7%, from 30 Ghanaian cedis at baseline to 50 Ghanaian cedis. These results contributed to improving: (i) the dietary and nutritional status of women of child-bearing age, adolescents and young children; and (ii) the economic activities of vulnerable groups living in Upper Manya Krobo district of Ghana.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
28-12-2018 Disbursement $136,520
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