Reviewing a year filled with activities: The annual project meeting in Khammouane
Last week, the Food and Nutrition Security project’s Steering Committee and other stakeholders assembled in Thakek to review achievements of 2019. Among the participants were representatives from the project partners Humana FPP, HPA, and Khammouane Province Health Office (PHO) as well as delegates from District Health Offices (DHO), the National Nutrition Committee and Province and District Agriculture and Forestry Offices (PAFO, DAFO). The Food and Nutrition Security project is an EU-funded program reaching 100 villages in 6 districts of Khammouane Province. It aims to improve high rates of malnutrition through improving farmers' agriculture practices, communities' knowledge of nutrition, hygiene routines, and strengthening local authorities' capacities in agriculture and health.
The annual meeting’s schedule included a field visit to several target villages where delegates surveyed demonstration plots established by Farmers’ Clubs with support from Humana FPP. Visits to Health Centres which had been supplied with equipment and trained by HPA, and consultations with villagers were also part of the agenda. The villagers participated enthusiastically in the visit and expressed their belief in the potential of the project.
“We had very good and productive discussions. Everyone agreed that the activities have had a very positive impact for the disadvantaged villagers. The partners' collaboration is becoming stronger and we are working together better and better”, Gitte Hector, Humana FPP’s Program Manager says. Apart from achievements in 2019, meeting participants also discussed activities for the upcoming months. Humana FPP will hand out additional animals to farmers and install small-scale irrigation systems in selected target villages.