Farmer nutrition schools provide comprehensive training for families in Bangladesh
Ten months ago, Piyara enrolled in one of SPRING’s Farmer Nutrition School (FNS) sessions in the Lalmohan upazila. During these FNS sessions, she learned about proper health, nutrition, care, and services during pregnancy. Piyara began visiting the local government health center regularly for antenatal care and iron tablets, which are essential in the prevention of anemia during pregnancy. She also learned about diverse nutritious foods important to keeping her and her baby healthy, as well as the importance of handwashing to prevent the transmission of disease.
The SPRING FNS training sessions on how to cultivate diverse, seasonal vegetables in limited space, allowed her to maximize the small space in her home’s courtyard. Through homestead food production, Piyara supplements her family’s nutritional demands with the nutritious vegetables produced, such as red amaranth, sweet gourd, and okra.
While Piyara’s garden produces seven to eight types of vegetables in a growing season, the production of sweet gourd, kumra, went so well that people could only see kumra in her garden. She quickly became famous in the village as ‘Kumrar-Rani’.
Piyara recently gave birth to a healthy baby. The baby was exclusively breastfed for six months. She believes the baby has grown well and remains healthy due to her exclusive breastfeeding. “Before the birth of my elder daughter, I did not know much about taking care of myself and the baby during and after pregnancy. At that time, I didn’t know much about feeding young children, especially when sick, and consuming diversified nutritious foods like vegetables, eggs and so on and so they were not taken during such a critical time. So my eldest child always suffers a lot from frequent illness. However, my youngest child Iqbal is getting a diversified diet with continued breastfeeding after completion of exclusive breastfeeding. He is now healthy and free from illnesses because of the actions I learned from the SPRING program.”
Practicing the simple skills and knowledge learned from SPRING, Piyara is now leading a healthy and happy family. Moreover, her vegetable garden is considered as the most successful garden within the village. Through the success of sweet gourd in her vegetable garden, the Queen of Sweet Gourd has conquered the hearts of the villagers.
|Related Project: Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) (2011-2018)|