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.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Servizi agricoli & mercato
Nutrizione di 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.

Obiettivi NMA contributes that men, women and children in mountain areas consume more diverse diets containing sufficient nutritious food. 
Gruppi target
  • 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

Effetti a medio termine

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


Risultati fasi precedenti:  

  • 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.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Altri partner
SUN, GFRAS, ICIMOD, Mountain Institute, Rural Service Providers, Local and National Governments
Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori 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.
Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   3'150'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   2'600'000
Fasi del progetto Fase 99 01.06.2018 - 31.12.2020   (Planned) Fase 2 01.06.2018 - 31.10.2021   (Fase in corso) Fase 1 01.10.2014 - 31.05.2018   (Completed)