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Converging Sectors for Improved Nutrition: Technical Brief and Recommendations from Lao PDR

SNV is pleased to share the first Technical Nutrition Brief from our Enhanced Nutrition in Upland Farming Families (ENUFF) project in Lao PDR.

With support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), SNV implements ENUFF to improve diets and nutrition outcomes for families, particularly women and infants, in Lao PDR’s remote and ethnically diverse upland farming communities through an integrated, multi-sectoral approach. SNV and our partner Agrisud International work with local government partners to bring together nutrition-sensitive agriculture, gender equity, and positive social and behavior change (SBC) as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) into one nutrition program.

Although multi-sectoral convergence is not a new concept, renewed interested has led to many questions about its best methodologies and possible results. From the start of its implementation, SNV has gained valuable insights from the ENUFF project on improving nutrition through the effective convergence of sectors, implementation across district, community and household levels as well as facilitating participatory convergence planning through the use of village convergence tools.

Drawing on this experience, the ENUFF project has published "Converging for Improved Nutrition in Lao PDR," a technical brief that outlines the nutrition governance landscape in Lao PDR, the ENUFF project implementation framework, challenges encountered and recommendations for multi-sectoral governance for improved nutrition.

This brief is the first in a series of planned papers and policy briefs from the ENUFF project and is available to download as a full brief or as a summary.

To learn more about SNV, our work in nutrition or the ENUFF project, please visit our website: www.snv.org.