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Linking nutrition into agricultural information systems – Ghana experience

More and more agricultural projects explore the opportunities of integrating nutrition-related objectives. Many of them focus on education and support for farmers in adopting improved technologies and practices that increase the nutritional value of their production. SPRING reviews the communication practices and strategies stakeholders in Northern Ghana use to promote nutrition-sensitive agricultural projects.

 

 

Outcomes of the study

The interviewed stakeholders worked in the sectors of agriculture, environment, health and nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The objectives were to understand the communication mechanisms used with regard to agricultural information, the content shared with other stakeholders and farmers and identify opportunities to integrate nutrition-sensitive agriculture into existing practices.

The results of the study offer an overview of the actors providing agricultural information, the platform they engage and methods they use. Findings reveal that many efforts do not reach the targeted populations; there are few efforts to include nutrition into existing agricultural information systems and there is low level of coordination between these systems. SPRING identified five opportunities to reach more farmers and promote nutrition sensitive-agricultural information:

  • Actors along the value chain are already promoting agricultural information
  • Platforms and content exist for agricultural and nutrition information
  • A gender gap exists in access to information
  • Value chain actors are well placed to promote content related to the use of agricultural income
  • ICT platforms’ importance is growing and can reinforce information provided through other mechanisms

Taking advantage of these opportunities will require stronger coordination and more efficient communication channels.

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