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Kick-off meeting: Scaling-up nutrition-sensitive agricultural initiatives in poor mountainous areas in Lao PDR and Vietnam

-NSA project-

Kick-off meeting

22nd March 2017

Venue: National Institute of Public Health (NIOPH) Office

Samsenthai Road, Ban Kaognot, Sisattanack district Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

 

VRIJE UNIVERSITY

MCNV

NIOPH

NAFRI

NNC

HUAF

NIAPP

ICHR

 

This kick-off meeting is organised to start officially the four year transdisciplinary research project Scaling-up nutrition-sensitive agricultural initiatives in mountainous areas in Vietnam and Lao PDR  a collaboration of:

  • VU Amsterdam, Athena - Netherlands
  • MCNV – Netherlands, Lao PDR, Vietnam
  • National Institute of Public Health (NIOPH) – Lao PDR
  • National Nutrition Center (NNC) – Lao PDR
  • National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) – Lao PDR
  • Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (HUAF) - Vietnam
  • Hue University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Inst Community Health Research (ICHR) - Vietnam
  • National Institute of Agricultural Planning and Projection (NIAPP) - Vietnam

Project Summary

Food insecurity and malnutrition remain persistent challenges among upland populations in Asia. Interventions are often fragmented and address immediate rather than underlying causes. Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) is an inter-sectoral, multi-level food system approach maximising agriculture’s contribution to improved food security and nutrition. However, it still lacks a robust evidence-base. Building upon existing interventions in Vietnam and Lao PDR, this project generates evidence on the effectiveness of, and best way to scale-up, NSA amongst ethnic minorities in mountainous areas. It utilizes Complex Adaptive System Theory and Transition Management to analyse processes of embedding NSA interventions in food systems. A transdisciplinary research methodology is used to assess effectiveness and enhance adaptive and transformational capacities of studied interventions. Comparative case study analysis results in a generic framework to develop and scale-up NSA interventions in different contexts. Lessons learned advise a wide variety of stakeholders to address food security and malnutrition of vulnerable populations.

 

Objectives of the kick-off meeting:

 

  • To introduce the project to key stakeholders and jointly discuss ideas and expectations
  • To introduce the partners and their expertise to key stakeholders
  • To develop a shared understanding of the project (objectives, activities and expected impacts)
  • To allow Lao PDR, Vietnam and Dutch partners involved in the project to get acquainted with each other  and agree on shared norms and values

Programme

Wednesday  22nd March 2017

Participants

NSA core team: Jacqueline, Guus, Stephen, Sivone, Huyen, 2 Lao PhDs, Sabina and Dai

Lao partners: representatives from MCNV, NIOPH, NAFRI, NNC

Vietnam partners: representatives from MCNV, HUAF, NIAPP, ICHR and Phu Yen Provincial Preventive Medicine Centre

Objectives

Time

Activities

Introduce the project  and project partners and their expertise to key stakeholders

 

To develop a shared understanding of the project (objectives, activities and expected impacts)

 

To make an inventory of  experiences, ideas and expectations of stakeholders

 

 

08.30-09.00

Registration

09.00-09.20

 

Welcome,  official opening and programme of the kick-off event

Mr Stephen Himley (MCNV country director in Lao PDR) - Chair of the day

09.20-09.50

Round of introduction by kick-off participants

09.50-10.30

(30 min presentation, 10 min questions)

Introduction to NSA  project and consortium partners

Prof. Jacqueline Broerse (Director Athena Institute, VU Amsterdam)  and  Mr Guus Paardekooper (Director MCNV)

10.30-11.00

Coffee break

11.00-11.30

Stakeholders share their personal expectations about and hopes/threats in relation to the NSA project - (MCNV), Mr Sivone Moua

11.30-12.00

(20 min presentation, 10 min questions)

Presentation on NSA project trans-disciplinary approach

Prof. Jacqueline Broerse, Director Athena Institute, VU Amsterdam

12:00-12:15

(10 min presentation, 5 min questions)

Sharing of experiences of projects/research relevant to NSA (nutrition and agriculture): NIOPH (Lao PDR)

12:15-12:30

(10 min presentation, 5 min questions)

Sharing of experiences of projects/research relevant to NSA (nutrition and agriculture): ICHR (Vietnam)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vo Van Thang, Director of ICHR

12:30-12:45

(10 min presentation, 5 min questions)

Sharing of experiences of projects/research relevant to NSA (nutrition and agriculture): NNC (Lao PDR)

12.45-13.00

(10 min presentation, 5 min questions)

Sharing of experiences of projects/research relevant to NSA (nutrition and agriculture): NAFRI (Lao PDR)

13.00-14.00

Lunch

14.00-14.15

(10 min presentation, 5 min questions)

Linking up with relevant projects/research to NSA: TEA/Canteen project

14.15-14.30

(10 min presentation, 5 min questions)

Linking up with relevant projects/research to NSA: Scaling-up Nutrition (SUN)

 

14.30-15.00

(10 min presentation, 5 min questions)

Overview of NSA project activities and Research Impact Pathway

Prof. Jacqueline Broerse, Director Athena Institute, VU Amsterdam

15.00-15.30

Coffee break

15.30-17.15

 

Joint reflection on the impact pathway:    group work and plenary - Facilitated by Mr Guus Paardekooper (Director MCNV)

17.15-17.30

Closure of the day - Mr Stephen Himley (MCNV country director in Lao PDR)

Chair of the day

 

Thursday  23rd March 2017

Participants

NSA core team:  Jacqueline,  Dr Sengchanh Kounnavong , Guus, Stephen, Sivone, 2 Lao PhDs, Sabina and Dai

Lao partners: representatives from MCNV, NIOPH, NAFRI, NNC

Vietnam partners: representatives from MCNV, HUAF, NIAPP, ICHR and one of the partners in Phu Yen where the NSA will be implemented

Objective

Time

Activities

Key person(s)

 

To get insight on past and on-going MCNV interventions in the study areas (Khanh Vinh in  Vietnam and Nong in Lao PDR)

 

 

 

To develop a draft detailed planning for year 1 and a more general planning for years 2, 3 and 4

09.00-09.30

Reflections on kick-off event

Jointly by all participants

09.30-10.00

Presentation on past and on-going MCNV interventions in the study areas: Nong in Lao PDR

Mr Sivone Moua

10.00-10.30

Presentation on past and on-going MCNV interventions in the study areas: Khanh Vinh in  Vietnam

Mr Dinh Dai Nguyen

10.30-11.00

Coffee break

 

11.00-12.30

Review plan of activities and prepare a detailed plan for year 1 (including baseline and in-depth studies)

Facilitated by Prof Jacqueline Broerse and Mr Guus Paardekooper

12.30-13.30

Lunch

 

13.30-14.30

Discussion on the framework  for expected interventions in Nong district (Lao PDR) and Dong Xuan District (Vietnam)

As above

14.30-16.30

Presentation of preliminary PhD research outlines and feedback from partners

PhD researchers