Improving Dietary Diversity in the Sahel Through Community Meals

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The Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel—Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), aims to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable populations in Niger and Burkina Faso through improving their food, nutrition, and economic security. At the nutritional level, USAID|REGIS-ER improves the capacity of beneficiary households to access a quality diet through (i) the promotion of plant crops with high nutritional value (orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, cowpeas, biofortified millet, moringa, and various fruit and vegetables); (ii) the availability of animal protein from an animal loaning activity called Habbanaye (small ruminants, poultry) and (iii) increasing the production of staple foods (millet, sorghum, cowpeas) through conservation agriculture. These interventions make it possible to reduce the duration of the lean season for households—the period during which foodstuffs are scarce in rural households (July to September in Burkina Faso and April to August in Niger).


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Publication Date 
December 2018
Resource Type 
Technical Briefs
Regions/ Countries