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.
Major themes that emerged from the workshop included:
- Leveraging on-the-ground knowledge – working with stakeholders to identify gaps, solutions,
and where policy and implementation need to be aligned.
- Mapping and leveraging success – understand who is working toward food security in the
region, aligning interests and working together to enhance outcomes.
- 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.
- 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