World Vision’s Better Food Better Health Project
In Timor-Leste, Better Food Better Health is one of our multi-sectoral NSA projects. Funded by the Australian Government, it is now running until 2021 in four districts: Aileu, Baucau, Bobonaro and Covalima.
The project aims to improve the nutrition of mothers and children under five by:
- promoting better nutrition, health and hygiene behaviour;
- increasing the availability of nutritionally diverse foods; and
- increasing household incomes from food production.
Community health volunteers, known as PSFs, play a central role in the project. Building on this existing government initiative, World Vision supports them to run parent clubs and visit households, spreading key health and nutrition messages.
The project also trains PSFs in superfood production, processing and storage. Superfoods are highly nutritious, grow well locally and have market potential. Examples include orange sweet potato, soybeans, moringa and eggs.
PSFs then train parents and farmer groups on improved agricultural techniques. Groups apply these techniques in their own farms, boosting the supply of superfoods in the community.
The project will also support farmer groups to market and add value to their produce, through activities like training in tempeh and tofu production.
Finally, the project will also provide access to finance through village savings and loans groups, enabling members to provide better nutrition and other essentials for their children.