Victory Against Malnutrition Project (ViM)

Reducing Malnutrition, Improving Livelihoods

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Summary

Project Victoire sur la Malnutrition (ViM) aims to reduce food insecurity affecting vulnerable populations in Sanmatenga Province by improving farmers’ incomes and household health and nutrition, especially among pregnant and lactating women and children under five years old.

ACDI/VOCA implements ViM with several key partners, including Save the Children and three local NGOs. “ViM” means “life” in the local Moore language, which is spoken in the target intervention zone of Sanmatenga province.

Sanmatenga province in Burkina Faso has some of the country’s highest childhood malnutrition rates. It also holds promise for increased agricultural productivity and rural market activities, which could reduce poverty, improve food security, and create greater resiliency to food shocks in the area.
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  • Increase and diversify agricultural production
  • Improve household incomes
  • Reduce chronic malnutrition among children under five years of age and pregnant and lactating women
  • Promote adoption of improved agricultural and livestock production practices with Farming as a Family Business training
  • Facilitate linkages along the value chain that improve smallholder access to agricultural inputs, markets, and credit
  • Improve hygiene and sanitation infrastructure to increase food security and nutritional health
  • Promote mother and child health and nutrition practices with behavior change interventions
  • Help vulnerable households shift to more sustainable livelihoods through off-farm microenterprise opportunities

As of September 30, 2016, ViM reached 20,057 rural households, benefiting 111,252 individuals in the four targeted communes of Kaya, Pissila, Barsalogho, and Namissiguima. Other results from 2016 include:

  • Built technical and management capacity of producers and producers’ groups and unions through trainings on sustainable production techniques, strengthening farmer groups, and good governance
  • Increased marketing skills of producers and their organizations in order to improve incomes through further linkages with local and regional markets, working closely with the Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) actors
  • Increased the integration of production and nutrition activities through additional engagement of project SO3 PM2A (preventing malnutrition in children under two approach) beneficiaries into the agriculture and livestock actions
  • Aligned ViM with RISE and other actors for increased synergy and impact through concrete, collaborative actions in the field
  • Built capacity for Village Health and Nutrition Committees for the development and implementation of community action plans for improved sustainability and ownership of better health and nutrition practices

Funder: USAID/Food for Peace
Budget: $31,437,700
Contact: Lucas Valente da Costa, lvalentedacosta@acdivoca.org

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