Colombia: Indigenous and Afro-Colombian Communities in the Chocó Department promote their Food Security and Nutrition
This Joint Programme seeks to reduce gaps and improve the food security and nutrition of pregnant and lactating women and children up to the age of five years - with an emphasis on children aged 0 to 2 years – of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities suffering from marginalisation, vulnerability and exclusion, in nine municipalities in the Chocó department, affected by armed violence.
Through an innovative model based on combining a community-based approach with strengthening local institutions, the programme aims to:
i) Promote the physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development of children;
ii) Strengthen human capital and production so that communities can exercise their right to food; improve inter-ethnic relations to maintain the harmony within these territories which has been shared for many generations;
iii) Contribute to gender equality;
iv) Reduce the inter-generational perpetuation of malnutrition and poverty; r
v) Reduce conditions of inequality; and
vi) Contribute to achieving the MDGs.
The Joint Programme in action
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- Identification of key practices for the community-wide promotion of nutrition.
- Families are adopting new production practices and eating habits which promote food safety and nutrition.
- Grassroots organizations support the construction of the model of intervention, participating in decision-making forums, and promoting the application of lessons learned in their own communities.