Viet Nam: Nutritious Food for 6-24 Month Old Children Vulnerable to Malnutrition in Poor Areas

Sovereign Project | 38631-012

Summary

The goal of the project is to reduce the incidence and severity of malnutrition among low-income, vulnerable, and primarily rural children by expanding access to improved feeding practices, including fortified complementary foods for children 6-24 months of age. Based on an alliance of government, food producers and non-government organizations, the Project will enable the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) to further develop an innovative model to increasing production capacity through expanding sales by reducing unit costs and lowering the price to consumers thereby improving prospects for sustainability.

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Project Name Nutritious Food for 6-24 Month Old Children Vulnerable to Malnutrition in Poor Areas
Project Number 38631-012
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 9083-VIE: Nutritious Food for 6-24 Month Old Children Vulnerable to Malnutrition in Poor Areas
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.99 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Health - Health sector development and reform
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The goal of the project is to reduce the incidence and severity of malnutrition among low-income, vulnerable, and primarily rural children by expanding access to improved feeding practices, including fortified complementary foods for children 6-24 months of age. Based on an alliance of government, food producers and non-government organizations, the Project will enable the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) to further develop an innovative model to increasing production capacity through expanding sales by reducing unit costs and lowering the price to consumers thereby improving prospects for sustainability. Specific objectives are to: (i) expand localized, commercial production of a fortified, low-cost complementary food; (ii) develop and expand the system of community-based complementary food sales, distribution and enhanced nutrition education; (iii) address barriers to accessing complementary food amongst the most poor and vulnerable; and (iv) address policy development and advocacy for long-term support for fortified complementary food (as part of a range of options that should be available for addressing malnutrition).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

ADB Policy for the Health Sector, 1999 :

Viet Nam Country Strategy and Program 2004-2006

OED Special Evaluation Study on Nutrition and Food Fortification (2005)

Government of Viet Nam?s Country Investment Plan for Food Fortification.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The project achieved objectives and is rated successful. The project main focus was food fortification for children, but it was ambitious in terms of addressing food production and distribution, capacity building and public private partnership in a short time. However, overall, the project managed to achieve its outcome. There was demonstrable change in the nutrition status of targeted children although this can not be attributed to food fortification only, as there were also other factors such as better nutrition practices, capacity building of staff, and secular trends such as increased income. In the long run, the network of trained and institutionalized nutrition collaborator will continue to provide services through the commune health station and ensure sustainability of project outputs. The project succeeded in establishing three production lines for fortified food in the private sector to ensure continuation of supplies. The project contributed to diversification of food fortification that can be accessed by the poor. The Government is committed to further encourage the private sector to invest in producing low cost nutritious food and scale up micronutrient interventions in the public sector.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The Grant has been completed successfully. ICM has been circulated.
Geographical Location Provinces of Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Quang Ngay, Nam Dinh, Tay Binh, Tanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Ha Tinh, and Hanoi
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services About 3 person-months of consulting services from an international individual specialist in program and marketing will be required. The consultant will assist in the analysis of the market for complementary foods, with particular attention to characterizing those accessing the fortified complementary food and those not accessing. The specialist should have strong qualitative and quantitative research skills, survey design and management skills and team management skills and experience.
Responsible ADB Officer Vincent De Wit
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Viet Nam Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of HealthDr. Nguyen Thi Lamnguyenthilamnin@yahoo.comNational Institute of Nutrition, 48 B Tang Bat Ho St. Hanoi, Viet Nam
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Mar 2004
Fact Finding 24 Jan 2005 to 29 Jan 2005
MRM -
Approval 17 Jan 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 01 Dec 2006
Last PDS Update 01 Feb 2012

Grant 9083-VIE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Jan 2006 06 Dec 2006 06 Dec 2006 31 Dec 2009 31 Dec 2010 09 Sep 2011
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1.99 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 17 Jan 2006 0.00 1.98 99%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 1.99 17 Jan 2006 0.00 1.98 99%

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