Agriculture is the main economic activity for about 86 percent of households in Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT)province. The main crops are corn, cassava and bananas, with very few other foods grown – there is a lack of diversity and the result is a monotonous diet, poor in nutrient-rich foods. Consequently, malnutrition rates in young children are high.
Working through NGO Helen Keller International (HKI), WFP and Kraft Foods are setting out to improve food security and nutrition in TTS district through a PLB project designed to improve household production, alongside the promotion of optimal nutrition practices.
Over a four-year period, the project will aim to increase family production of nutrient-rich foods, increase income through sale of surplus, improve consumption of micronutrient-rich foods by young children through nutrition education and improve overall health through strengthened linkages with the local health system.
HKI’s model has already shown very positive results in Bangladesh (doubling family income from vegetable and poultry sales) and Cambodia (300 percent increase in earnings from sale of fruit and vegetables). It has also lead to increased consumption of fruit, vegetable, eggs and other animal foods, enhancing nutrition status.
The project directly targets a total of over 17,000 people in Timur Tengah Selatan (TTS) district, with an indirect impact on at least 116,000 – at the heart of the project are pregnant and breast-feeding women and children under five (with an added emphasis on households with children under two).