Evaluating impacts of a targeted homestead food production intervention on the nutrition of whole communities: An evaluation of Making Markets Work for Women (M²W²) Scale-up Project

The aim of this project was to evaluate the impacts of targeted, nutrition-sensitive, livelihoods on whole communities in Dighinala and Panchari upazila in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. Theproject examined changes in food consumption and other behaviours associated with diet and nutrition among households surveyed in the project and non-project communities. Patterns were disaggregated by sex, age, income levels, whether or not the community contained project participants, density of project participants in a community, ethnicity of the population, and household size. This project started from 2009 with HKI and it works with the collaboration of JPGSPH from 2015

The aim of the projectwas to generate insights into the effects of highly targeted interventions on the nutrition of communities and on individuals from across the wealth spectrum. It also sought to evaluate pathways to improved nutrition within communities in which some members have been engaged in multi-component interventions which caninclude deliverance of a range of behavioural change, nutrition and livelihoods activities, as well as asset transfers.

Another objective of this study was to improve the understanding of challenges and opportunities in working with tribal and remote communities in Bangladesh. This was conducted by looking at the different lifestyles, habits and nutrition of different ethnic groups and the impact of remoteness on food security.