This project facilitates and promotes micro-initiatives for nutrition sensitive agriculture, processing and marketing practices on local and national levels, and advocates and shares knowledge on global level.
The Nutrition in Mountain Agro-ecosystems (NMA) project is funded under the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation's (SDC) Global Program Food Security over six years and operates in selected countries of five mountain ranges (Himalaya, Hindukush, Pamir-Tian Shan, East-African Highlands and the Andes), including Nepal, Pakistan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ethiopia, Peru and Ecuador.
Helvetas is part of a consortium led by IFOAM in collaboration with FiBL and local partners. In addition to the involvement of our Advisory Services, our country offices in Nepal, Pakistan and Tajikistan implement the project components in these countries. The goal of NMA is to improve diets and incomes of rural populations in mountain regions based on nutrition sensitive agricultural practices.
The project started in 2015 and focuses on three components:
In its current second phase, the project builds on previous experiences. A main aim is to replicate and up-scale the most successful NSA practices tested during the first phase. Through a competitive call, the project invites local partners from the eight project countries to submit proposals for Scaling-Up Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Initiatives (SUNSAI). The most innovative project ideas will be selected and co-funded by the NMA project.
To facilitate experience sharing and learning between national stakeholders on the one hand and among a broader global community on the other hand, NMA created the Mountain Agro-Ecosystem Action Network (MAAN). It is a network of practitioners who exchange face-to-face and virtually about their NSA innovations and approaches, their stories and insights. As one tool, the project developed a MAAN website with country sub-sites in local language.
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