Farmers in the village of Sabon Kalgo with their first crop of short season millet. Photographer: Darren Vaughan/Concern Worldwide
Under-nutrition during the first 1,000 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, led by the humanitarian organisation Concern Worldwide, aims to identify sustainable, scalable and replicable solutions for prevention of malnutrition.
Since 2011, Kerry Group has supported Concern Worldwide in this pioneering work in the Mumbwa District of Zambia. In 2015 the first phase of the RAIN project concluded; since then, Kerry Group has engaged with Concern Worldwide to better understand how the learnings from this project can best be adopted and implemented in other regions.
To mark World Food Day 2018, on Tuesday, 16 October, Kerry Group announced the planned launch of a second phase of the RAIN project in the Tahoua region of Niger. Building on the success of the previous Kerry funded RAIN project in Zambia, this second phase will be rolled out between 2018 and 2021.
The RAIN project multi-disciplinary approach to tackling hunger and malnutrition has a core objective of increasing food production and encouraging a more diverse, nutrient rich diet. The project also works to promote key health practices for improved maternal and child nutrition, improve access to reliable and safe water sources and reduce inequalities experienced by the extreme poor and vulnerable, particularly women and girls.
By addressing these broader factors contributing to hunger and malnutrition, the objective of this second phase of the RAIN project is to make positive, long-term impact on some of the poorest communities in Niger.