FAO's Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division is collaborating with the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection on the IMCF research project.
Improving the dietary intakes and nutritional status of infants and young children through improved food security and complementary feeding counsellingThe project will examine the impact of complementary feeding interventions in the 6-23 months age range in Malawi and in an Asian country. It will study the effectiveness of approaches which combine food security and nutrition interventions, and of disseminating messages for improving child feeding practices in combination with ongoing local food security activities. The project will document
- the effectiveness of the TIPs (“Trials of Improved Practices”) method in generating sustainable feeding recommendations and recipes tailored to local needs and cultural practices
- the extent to which locally available and affordable foods can meet the nutritional requirements of children aged 6-23 months
- the impact of combining behaviour change communication with food production and dietary diversification
- the extent to which improved complementary feeding practices will be sustained over time and can be replicated and upscaled through local support mechanisms