Under-nutrition during the first 1000 days is a leading cause of stunting and has serious implications for a child’s future wellbeing and prosperity. The award-winning ‘RAIN’ (Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition) Project aims to identify sustainable, scalable and replicable solutions for prevention of under-nutrition and to influence international policy in relation to prevention of childhood stunting, It is also designed to provide valuable learnings around integrated agriculture and nutrition in reducing child mortality and under-nutrition. Since 2011, Kerry Group has contributed €1.25 million towards the pioneering work carried out by Concern in the Mumbwa District of Zambia.
The first phase of the RAIN project has now concluded and the full impact of the programme over the last five years has been assessed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Results show that the RAIN project has yielded significant impact in the diversification of diet among participants, improved feeding practices among pregnant and lactating women and delivered a greater gender balance in household decision making, and in community and district structures.
Following the publication of the IFPRI report in 2016, Kerry Group is now engaged with concern to understand how the learnings from this programme can best be adopted and implemented in other regions.