Nutrition through Modernizing Agriculture in Sri Lanka (INMAS)

  • Wickramasinghe, Kremlin (PI)
  • Townsend, Nicholas (PI)
  • Abeykoon (CoI)
  • Rajapaksa-Hewageegana (CoI)
  • Alagiyawana (CoI)
  • Katulanda, P (CoI)
  • Kongalaliyanage (CoI)
  • Kongalaliyanage (CoI)
  • Surenthirakumaran (CoI)
  • Arulanandem (CoI)
  • Friel, S (CoI)

Project: Research-related funding

Description

Sri Lanka faces a double burden of malnutrition. The National nutrition and micronutrient survey (Ministry of Health and UNICEF Sri Lanka 2012) shows in each district level, iron deficiency is a major cause for anemia. The study also shows that a significantly higher percentage of those who did not consume three of the food groups, grains/roots/ tubers, dairy products and meat/fish/poultry / meats, were anemic. This highlights the need for having a healthy balanced diet and the important of creating the local environment to achieve the Sri Lankan food based dietary guidelines. The “Integrating Nutrition Promotion and Rural Development (INPARD) study”, funded by SAFANSI also identified a number of other factors affecting nutrition in these areas, these include not having drinking water in dry season, or a lack of running water in toilets during the dry season.
In the past, the multi-sectoral approach has only been used to identify malnourished individuals and to help these individuals through a high-risk population intervention approach. INPARD developed curriculum and implemented training on how to identify the determinants of nutrition as well as on how to change the nutrition environment in villages through multisectoral working, in particular with the help of health, agriculture, economic development, and administration and education sectors. These case studies clearly documented the role of individual officers in promoting nutrition, without overlapping their respective roles, and can directly inform similar approaches in the proposed study. The training manuals developed by the INPARD team and the INPARD case studies provides a valuable resource for multi-sectoral training. Using these resources and the recommendations, the INMAS team aims to utilize those resources and introduce multi-sectoral interventions in all areas where the Agriculture Modernization Project is implemented in Sri Lanka.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/08/1831/07/20