"An Evaluation of Progress Toward the Millennium Development Goal One--Hunger Target"
One of the targets of the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is to reduce the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by half between 1990 and 2015. This report is a thematic paper for the UNDP’s MDG’s Task force to identify, analyze and disseminate effective practices and major lessons learned in development strategies for achieving the MDGs.
HKI’s Homestead Food Production (HFP) program in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, and Philippines was selected as a model of an effective community food production-based program.
HFP integrates animal husbandry with home gardening with the aim of enhancing consumption of micronutrient-rich foods. An assessment of HKI’s HFP programs in the four countries above, shows that participating households significantly improved dietary diversification, improved animal food consumption (an increase in consumption of protein-rich liver and egg) and contributed to greater reductions in the prevalence of childhood anemia. It was also shown that HFP can complement programs aimed at improving gender equality through its positive effect on women’s empowerment and increased control of household resources.