Community-driven and digital technology-enabled agriculture intervention for nutrition: a cluster randomised control trial in Odisha, India (UPAVAN)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Suneetha Kadiyala
There is an increasing scientific consensus that interventions to address immediate determinants of undernutrition (‘nutrition-specific’ interventions) are necessary but not sufficient: acceleration of progress in maternal and child nutrition will entail coupling these interventions with nutrition-sensitive programs that tackle the underlying causes of undernutrition. ‘Making agriculture work for nutrition’ is now a top policy priority but the evidence-base is weak, largely due to poorly designed studies that are unable to discern causal effects. Digital Green (www.digitalgreen.org), an international NGO, has developed a novel and successful method to improve agricultural practices in rural communities using locally made videos and facilitated discussion of the videos in women’s groups. However, it is not known if this intervention can translate into improved nutritional outcomes.
- Trial Protocol: Kadiyala S et al. Upscaling Participatory Action and Videos for Agriculture and Nutrition (UPAVAN) trial comparing three variants of a nutrition-sensitive agricultural extension intervention to improve maternal and child nutritional outcomes in rural Odisha, India: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. Trials 2018; 19:176 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-018-2521-y
- Operational Protocol: Number 1 on Project Terminology and Number 2 on Interventions
- Examples of videos:
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - Dr.Suneetha Kadiyala: email@example.com