Inception Workshop

FaN Researchers , major collaborators and stakeholders

On March 21st and 22nd, 2018, the researchers, major collaborators and stakeholders from the three
target countries, of the “Improving Household Nutrition Security and Public Health in the CARICOM
(FaN)” project met at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica for the first activity of the project, the
Inception Workshop.

The workshop was conceived as a way to launch the project, gather ideas from key
players across the region, and initialize the process of identifying the best methodologies for
implementing the project in CARICOM.

The participants discussed the different work packages of the project including: qualitative and
quantitative data collection and analysis, stakeholder engagement and intervention design, evaluation,
dissemination and governance, all designed to improve food security and healthy eating in the region.

FaN Inception Workshop

Left to Right: Dr. Gillian Smith (Food and Agriculture Organization Jamaica), Prof Alafia Samuels (Principal Investigator), Dr. Zee Leung (International Development and Research Centre of Canada), Prof Susan Walker (Director of Caribbean Institute for Health Research), Dr. The Honourable Christopher Tufton (Minister of Health in Jamaica)

Major themes that emerged from the workshop included:

  1. Leveraging on-the-ground knowledge – working with stakeholders to identify gaps, solutions,
    and where policy and implementation need to be aligned.
  2. Mapping and leveraging success – understand who is working toward food security in the
    region, aligning interests and working together to enhance outcomes.
  3. Identifying champions for community-level change – act at the level where people access their
    foods and use their day-to-day routine to identify opportunities to create supportive
    environments to encourage behavior change at the community level.
  4. Focus on vulnerable populations – identify the needs of vulnerable populations most affected
    by food insecurity. Use the lens of gender and poverty analysis to address inequities

Workshop Resources:

Concept Note

Inception Workshop Report

Inception Workshop Video