Agriculture for nutrition: legume diversification 2016-2018
The project team investigated whether a participatory approach to testing agroecological practices and improved nutrition can lead to enhanced legume production and utilization in rural communities in Singida District, Tanzania. Previous CCRP-funded research in Malawi has shown the potential for such an approach which can lead to successful development outcomes and build on this research.
This approach used farmer-centered research and peer education to support farmers to test agricultural practices involving legume diversification. The focus on agroecologial approaches and participatory methods, as well as attention to both gender inequality and nutrition, align well with CCRP objectives.
By engaging with farming families to facilitate improved child and infant feeding, and paying attention to gender and other social inequalities at the household level, the benefits of these interventions will be measured by comparing a set of indicators across villages that participated in the agricultural experimentation and those villages that did not.