Nutrition in Mountainous Agro-Ecosystems (NMA)

A disproportionally high number of the world's 2 billion hungriest and chronically malnourished people reside in mountain regions. As a mountain country, Switzerland supports the Mountain Agro ecology Action Network to make Rural Service Providers in 8 mountain countries competent regarding nutrition. They shall adapt their services to actively contribute for improving nutrition for half a million people, particularly women and children.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
A nivel mundial
Agricultura y seguridad alimentaria
Servicios agrícolos & mercado
Nutrición de base
01.06.2018 - 31.10.2021
CHF  3’150’000

A disproportionally high number of the worlds 2 Billion hungry and malnourished people reside in mountain regions. Households and communities in mountain areas depend highly on agriculture which is often constrained by scarce arable land resources, difficult climatic and topopgraphic conditions and poor infrastucture.

Several impact studies have shown the positive effects of ecological intensification on improved nutrition. Nutrition-sensitive agriculture involves the design and implementation of sustainable farming and cropping systems with explicit nutrition outcomes.

Rural Service Providers (RSP) are key agents for the delivery of nutrition knowledge and practices to rural communities and are a suitable vehicle to improved nutrition of rural communities because they reach and interact closely with farmers in different settings.

Objetivos NMA contributes that men, women and children in mountain areas consume more diverse diets containing sufficient nutritious food. 
Grupos destinarios
  • Local level: Rural Service Providers

  • National level: Decision makers (public and private sector)

  • Global Level: Policy makers and donors

Beneficiaries: rural (farm) households in mountain areas

Efectos a medio plazo

Outcome A.1:  Households increase production of nutritious foods.

Outcome A.2: People value the benefits of nutritious foods. 

Outcome B: National policies and action plans support and stimulate diversified production and consumption 

Outcome C: Global policies and processes strengthen the nutrition sensitive agriculture approach, particularly in mountain regions


Resultados de las fases anteriores:  

  • The dietary diversity scores for women increased in the intervention areas of all 5 countries by more than +1 point and reaching above the minimum threshold of five food groups.
  • The Mountain Agro-Ecosystems Action Network was established and activated in the five countries, having 1721 registered users by end of 2017 and 47.468 clicks. 66 successful stories are documented.
  • 130 Rural Service Providers (30% women) were trained and coached for their field interventions and form an active community with strong social capital.
  • 130 Micro Interventions were implemented to show case how nutrition can be improved. 18.400 producers have been reached.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
ONG internacional o extranjera
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Otras contrapartes
SUN, GFRAS, ICIMOD, Mountain Institute, Rural Service Providers, Local and National Governments
Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores Promoting sustainable Mountain Development for Global change (7F-08758.01), Sustainable Nutrition for all (7F-09160.02), Nepal Agricultural Services Development Programme (NASDP)-Prayas (SDC); Nepal Agricultural Marketing Development Programme (NAMDP) (SDC); Small Irrigation Project (SIP) (SDC); Pakistan Farm Services Center (FSC) and Lady Health Workers/visitors (LHWs/LHVs); Ethiopia: ); SUN  Pakistan and Rural Support Programmes Pakistan; Community Based Nutrition Programme (Min of Health). Governments and local authorities in the five target countries, including their nutrition multi-stakeholder platforms.
Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    3’150’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    3’050’000
Fases del proyecto Fase 99 01.06.2018 - 31.12.2020   (Planned) Fase 2 01.06.2018 - 31.10.2021   (Fase en curso) Fase 1 01.10.2014 - 31.05.2018   (Completed)