How to design projects that link food security, farming and nutrition

Foreign aid donors are pushing to integrate nutrition into their food security programs while implementing partners are finding they have to adjust to suit those new priorities — and fast.

These changes require new ways of thinking about agriculture and new project designs that encourage the collaboration between technical specialists and community health workers, among others.

In a recent video interview, Kimberly Flowers, director of communications for Fintrac, explained how organizations working to support a more integrated model for agriculture and nutrition programs have made the necessary changes to keep up with new donor demands and to scale up successful approaches.

Flowers also discussed what it will take to move U.S. food security and nutrition programs from one-off presidential initiatives to sustained development priorities.

Kimberly Flowers of Fintrac on the link between food security and nutrition.

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  • Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.