Rural families suffer from food insecurity due to low incomes, limited knowledge about proper household asset management, and inadequate nutrition practices. Support to date has not been effective in providing them with the skills they need to improve their livelihoods and nutritional intake.
Making Cents International assisted 42,000 households in Kebbi, Sokoto, and the Federal Capital Territory increase their agricultural production and incomes and improve their children’s nutrition. We delivered a foundational skills-development training through a new curriculum package geared to household levels that incorporated the integrated themes of income generation, financial education, and nutrition.
Our curriculum package was titled Enterprise Your Household: Building the Capacity of Families for Economic Engagement Inside and Outside the Home. Its nutritional messaging recognized key trade-offs and synergies between nutrition and hygiene on one side, and between income generation and regular household needs on the other. The package built the skills needed to manage these trade-offs and synergies and supported positive household decisions on resource and asset allocation.
Making Cents has further shared its curriculum expertise as we have adapted the project’s nutrition curriculum and household asset-mapping tool for non-literate facilitators, using a pictorial-based approach. This allowed us to reach more people, while maintaining the high quality of the mapping tool and curriculum. We developed a simple four-step process for community-based facilitators, who gain further exposure to essential messaging, apply what they learn, and gauge participants’ experience with key nutrition elements.
Additionally, we implemented the agriculture extension curriculum we had developed under the USAID MARKETS II project. This cross pollination of curriculum allowed the project to capitalize on the proven success of the capacity-building approach already being implemented in Nigeria. Three additional value chains curricula – millet, cowpea, and groundnut – were developed to complete the project’s outreach needs with lead farmers.