HNI to Support Catholic Relief Services Implement Food Security Project in Madagascar

Category : 3-2-1 On Demand Messaging, DataWinners - Data Collection for Development

Two HNI technology platforms, DataWinners and the 3-2-1 Service, will support a food security project that will benefit more than 620,000 individuals in Madagascar.

The Fararano project will be carried out by a consortium led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Rice-based farming systems in Madagascar

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K. Senthilkumar, AfricaRice

USAID and CRS are collaborating to implement a new food security program, Fararano, which signifies “harvest season” in Malagasy.

Implemented by CRS Madagascar, USAID’s five-year Food For Peace project is funding the Fararano program, which aims to reduce food insecurity and increase vulnerable households’ resilience to shocks in three regions of Madagascar: Atsinanana, Vatovavy Fitovinany, and Atsimo Andrefana.

The program will use innovative technology platforms to permit rural households to access information and for the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team to consolidate, analyze and disseminate data on a regular basis. To do this, HNI will support CRS with SMS data collection [DataWinners] and facilitate access to these data systems, based on previous experience with USAID funded programs (i.e., SALOHI) and expand into new project areas.

HNI will also develop behavior change communication messages on Agriculture, Nutrition, and other Food Security topics and make these available on the 3-2-1 Service.

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