USAID/SPRING WEBINAR, May 24: Listening to Farmers and Mothers

Voices of agriculture value chain actors and caregivers inform social and behavior change efforts to improve dietary diversity in Sierra Leone.

May 24, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. EDT 

Nutrition and agriculture practitioners rely on formative research to inform program design. Agriculture programming often conducts value chain analyses to identify constraints and opportunities to improved performance or competitiveness, while health programs use social and behavior change (SBC) tools to identify barriers and enablers to the adoption of improved household-level nutrition practices.

SPRING adapted the value chain approach to focus on nutrition-sensitive agriculture, and simultaneously adapted SBC tools to include key agriculture practices to identify factors related to the accessibility of nutritious foods. The use of these combined tools in Sierra Leone provided unique information that would not have been found using the tools separately. The new approach allowed SPRING to develop a tailored set of communication materials that complement each other to affect change at both household and market levels to enhance access to and consumption of nutritious foods by pregnant/lactating women and children 6-23 months old.

This webinar will present stories on how the combined tools led to value added information for practitioners. Participants will be familiar with:

  • How the value chain approach was used to include nutrition-sensitive outcomes
  • How Barrier Analysis and TIPS methods incorporated food security elements
  • How this integrated approach yielded findings and recommendations that might have been missed had standard approaches been used on their own.


Gwyneth Cotes, Director of Global Initiatives, SPRING

Mary Hodges, Country Director, Sierra Leone, Helen Keller International

Philip Moses, Social and Behavior Change Technical Advisor, SPRING

Victor Pinga, Agriculture Advisor, SPRING

For more information and to register, please click here. 

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