FHI 360 is working with local partners to improve the food and nutrition security and resilience of vulnerable populations in southeastern Madagascar through the ADRA-led Fiovana project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Working with project stakeholders, FHI 360 used the results of various formative research studies to create an innovative, multisectoral social and behavior change (SBC) strategy to improve the health and nutritional status of women, adolescent girls, and young children. We are implementing community approaches based on behavioral science to move individuals and households from intention to action and sustain positive behavior. We identified key actions and priority behaviors to promote dietary diversification for each age category of the life cycle, emphasizing the 1,000 days approach.
The team consulted and conducted technical workshops with key stakeholders to develop Fiovana’s SBC strategy. We produced training materials and job aids to strengthen the capacity of change agents to reinforce nutrition practices in all of the project’s activities. For example, we developed communication modules for local committees that distribute food rations to pregnant and lactating women to promote optimal nutrition practices at distribution points and delivered training and skills building sessions for community health volunteers.