Write-shop in Sri Lanka

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Two days write-shop organized at Kandy in Sri Lanka, on 26th -27th August for mNutrition (GoviNet) project. The objective of the program was to streamline and accelerate the content development activity. Content team comprising various officers from Fruit Research Development Institute (FRDI) and Field Crop Research & Development Institute (FCRDI), Department of Agriculture- Sri Lanka, along with CABI–South Asia, and CABI- Sri Lanka participated in the program.

Messages on two major crops viz. maize and papaya were developed, on all relevant topics considering the quality assurance criteria. Altogether 28 actionable messages have been developed for the target audience. The messages were kept short, comprehensive and simple. The developed messages were validated through discussion among the experts, facilitators and the participants.

The program was quite participative and productive. Various practical exercises adopted in the program, which were quite helpful in engaging participants and in making them learn actively to develop effective content. It was felt that such program should be organized regularly. The write-shop ended successfully.

mNutrition

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CABI-led consortium secures GSMA funding to aidp three million people access nutrition information using mobile technology. The consortium comprises CABI, BMJ, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Oxfam GB.

More than three million people in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia will be accessing vital nutrition and health information using mobile technology as part of a mNutrition project to help tackle malnutrition – a leading cause of child death worldwide. The GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation has appointed a CABI-led consortium as the global content provider to the mNutrition initiative – a UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded project that aims to improve the nutritional status of more than three million people. The initiative will tackle malnutrition and help beneficiaries to access nutrition-based agricultural and health information using mobile technology.