With rising rates of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes and hypertension; and with the increased instances of childhood obesity in the Americas, the “Improving Household Nutrition Security and Public Health in CARICOM” or Food and Nutrition (FaN) project was started. Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in 2018, the FaN project focuses on investigating and influencing national food systems to help combat obesity and diet-related NCDs in CARICOM.Under the brand “Food4Change Caribbean”, the FaN team seeks to answer the overarching research question; “What are the most effective, gender-sensitive ways to improve food sovereignty, household food security, and nutrition to reduce the burden of obesity-related NCDs in CARICOM states?”
Through stakeholder interaction, extensive research, and the creation of several wide reaching interventions, the project seeks to identify and intervene at key leverage points in the regional food system to improve healthy eating and promote sustainable livelihoods of vulnerable groups in Jamaica, St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Kitts and Nevis.
To further build on the lessons learnt, at the end of the project the findings will be packaged for use by other CARICOM member states so that successful, effective interventions can be adapted and implemented.
The work of the Food and Nutrition (FaN) Project was made possible through a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The IDRC offers grants, funding, and awards to researchers and institutions seeking to find solutions for global development challenges. The organisation seeks to fund projects that aim to bring employment, food security, health, peace, and prosperity to developing regions of the world.
The FaN Project is pleased to partner with IDRC in order to address issues associated with health and wellness in the Caribbean.