The Nutrition and Gender Sensitive Agriculture (NGSA) Toolkit was jointly developed by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and SNV1 to facilitate the development of programme interventions to address under-nutrition through gender-sensitive agriculture. The toolkit aims to integrate agriculture and nutrition interventions, and add a strong focus on gender to strengthen linkages between nutrition, agriculture, water and sanitation (WASH) interventions.

The toolkit methods capitalize on the unique strengths of participatory research methods and tools, which are appropriate for describing and explaining complex processes by in-depth study of a small number of cases. Typically, participatory tools and methods allow for triangulation of information gathered from different individuals or groups, and help detect discrepancies in accounts of facts and sequences. They further facilitate processes that lead rural communities to steer potentially divergent views and opinions towards reaching a consensus.

The toolkit consists of eight steps. In each step, different data collection, analysis and community consultation methods are used. The main aim of these steps are to:

  1. Assess the context and current situation of a community in relation to nutrition, gender and agriculture;
  2. Understand community perceptions about under-nutrition and its probable reasons; and
  3. To collectively think through locally appropriate solutions, including WASH interventions, involving community members and key stakeholders.

With every step, communities will come closer to being able to implement solutions that address the direct, immediate and underlying causes of under-nutrition.

Each step in this tool requires considerable engagement with local communities, local leaders and other key stakeholders at village, sub-district and district levels.

The toolkit includes tools to:

  • understand the social, economic, political and cultural context of communities;
  • assess the current situation in relation to nutrition, agriculture and gender;
  • analyse collected data, together with communities, and identify solutions for addressing under-nutrition; and
  • facilitate linkages between community members and key stakeholders in the community.

The above objectives require not only data collection methods, but also methods to engage with local communities, to foster nutrition awareness and to create local demand for nutrition and gender sensitive agricultural solutions. Each step in this toolkit includes a different tool and methods to address all of the above.

For more information on the project and the toolkit please contact:

Eelco Baan: ebaan@snvworld.org
SNV Cambodia: cambodia@snvworld.org
Noortje Verhart: n.verhart@kit.nl
Mona Dhamankar: m.dhamankar@kit.nl

1 The Center for Development Innovation, Wageningen (WUR-CDI) was also involved in the initial development and testing of the toolkit.