RAIN Project Impact Evaluation
This report presents findings from an IFPRI-led evaluation of a large, complex, multiyear, intersectoral project that combined agriculture and nutrition interventions to impact child nutrition. The Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition project was implemented by Concern Worldwide from 2011 to 2015, in Mumbawa district in Zambia. The project included rigorous evaluation design and documented both impact on nutrition and its determinants, and the processes involved in working through multiple sectors, which earned it the Harvesting Nutrition “Most Likely to Have Impact” award in 2014. The report carefully walks through varying levels of program delivery, noting large differences in the extent to which RAIN participants interacted with key agriculture vs. health extension agents during planned group or home visits, and unexpectedly low coverage of the program overall. Stunting prevalence decreased significantly among all populations--control, agriculture-only, and agriculture-nutrition study arms. As a result the report suggests a null impact of the RAIN project interventions on this indicator, and on infant and young child feeding practices--even within the 1000 day window of opportunity. There were, however, significant positive impacts on aspects of diverse agricultural production and women's empowerment. The full write up contains additional detail on IYCF, gender, nutrition knowledge, and agricultural production, as well as an informed discussion on methodology, sampling, and analysis.
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