Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development

Diversifying into Healthy Diets

Homestead food production in Bangladesh

Lora Iannotti, Kenda Cunningham, and Marie Ruel

Case studies:

Reforming economy-wide policies

Key period: 1990–present

Geographic region: Bangladesh

The intervention: Interventions that address poor diet quality (and related deficiencies of vitamin A, zinc, iron, and other nutrients) are important for achieving full food security in vulnerable populations. The homestead food production (HFP) program, introduced in Bangladesh by Helen Keller International, promotes an integrated package of home gardening, small livestock production, and nutrition education. This program has reached an estimated 5 million individuals, contributing to improving the micronutrient intakes of women and children, empowering women, and supporting community development.

Book Chapter:
Diversifying into Healthy Diets: Homestead food production in Bangladesh
Lora Iannotti, Kenda Cunningham, and Marie Ruel
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Discussion Paper:
Improving diet quality and micronutrient nutrition: Homestead food production in Bangladesh
Iannotti, Lora; Cunningham, Kenda; Ruel, Marie. 2009. IFPRI Discussion Paper 928.
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