Food Lab

Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) has gained advanced experience over the years in the implementation of health and nutrition programs in the region. KRC in partnership with save the children with funding from United Nations World Food Program (UN WFP) is implementing a nutrition program in Kyaka II refugee settlement in Kyegegwa District with focus on treatment and management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) through the implementation of Targeted Supplementary Feeding Program (TSFP) and prevention of malnutrition through the implementation of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) program.



Young Child and Adolescent health

KRC employs the Care Group (CG) and Village Health Teams (VHT) models to reach out to the community with messages on health and nutrition with focus on Maternal Infant Young Child and Adolescent health and nutrition (MIYCAN). In Kyaka II refugee settlement, KRC directly implements nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive activities in 5 zones of Bwiriza, Kakoni, Byabakora, Kaborogota and Bukere. The nutrition specific interventions involve providing Corn Soy Blend(CSB++) a supplementary feed to Moderately Acutely Malnourished (MAM) children under five years as well as pregnant and Lactating Women(PLW) with MAM. The Supplementary feeds are also given to PLW and all children 6 to 23 months of age that are enrolled on MCHN program as a preventive measure for stunting and other forms of undernutrition within the first 1000 days(from conception to the second birth day of the child) which is the window of opportunity.


Objectives

The FSL phase IV will be implemented for a period of 4 and half years (2020-2024) and will primarily focus on four work packages including;


1. Improving nutrition and health through transformation of consumption patterns towards sustainable healthy diets.
2. Strengthening sustainability, resilience and diversity of food production systems to produce healthy and nutritious food.
3. Developing innovative post-harvest technologies to improve food safety and reduce food waste.
4. Transformational impact, scalability and exploitation | Pathways for exploitation and scalability to maximise sustainable impact.

Training on nutrient dense crops

For the nutrition sensitive activities, KRC provides training of the community members on nutrient dense crops (iron rich beans, Orange fleshy sweet potatoes, Soy beans, mushroom and vegetables) cultivation, small animal (rabbits and Guinee pigs) rearing, Food preparation through food and cooking demonstrations, health and nutrition education among others. Majorly the nutrition sensitive activities are done at community level through the care group methodology. KRC with funding from HIVOS is also implementing a Health Food Africa project on Food Systems through the Fort Portal Food System Lab (FSL) phase IV. The project is implemented in Fort Portal Tourism city and Kabarole District in western Uganda.

The Food systems’ Lab is a space that provides different food system actors an opportunity to share food system challenges and ideas that enable innovation and interventions to address food system challenges. The FSL phase IV’s main goal is to influence sustainable, resilient and equitable production and consumption of diverse, nutritious and safe food for all. For realization and sustainability of the Fort Portal Food System Lab vision, KRC has brought on board local food system actors including local government, Coalition of the willing (a consumer advocacy group that promotes consumption of safe, nutritious indigenous food), food ambassadors (influential leaders who promote healthy diets for all in their respective constituencies),

farmers, small scale food processors, street food vendors, formal chefs, academia, researchers, media, artists, Non-Governmental Organizations and civil society organisations. KRC engages the actors in the food systems through meetings, workshops, participatory research on food diversity at household level, experiential learning of the different food recipes as well as in the development of local policies and ordinances on food security and nutrition. The FSL is committed to contribute to the reduction of stunting by influencing communities to produce, access and consume diverse, nutritious and safe food. The FSL also intends to influence local policy development and implementation revolving on food and nutrition security and safety for all.

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