HKI (Burkina Faso)

Enhanced Homestead Food Production (E-HFP), Helen Keller International (HKI), Burkina Faso

The goal of the E-HFP program is to improve the nutritional status of infants, young children and mothers through improved access to nutritious foods year round and the adoption of optimal nutritional practices. The E-HFP program helps  young mothers establish homestead gardens in the Fada region of Burkina Faso.  The project provides inputs (hens, seeds) and trainings in gardening, irrigation and small livestock rearing to beneficiary women.  In addition, the project establishes and trains a system of community level trainers who in turn train beneficiary women in improved nutrition practices using behavior change communications. The project was started in 2010 and will run until 2012.

  • Key questions HKI will address as part of GAAP   
  1. How do women and men view ownership of assets?
  2. Did the EHFP program increase women’s ownership of assets?
  3. Did the EHFP program also influence men’s asset holdings or did the increase in women’s assets contribute to a reduction in the overall asset gap?
  4. Were women able to maintain control over the HFP activities and outputs as intended in the program design? What were the barriers and/or facilitators to maintaining or not maintaining this control?
  5. Did the land agreements (see paragraph below) and/or project activities influence community norms vis à vis women’s land ownership or land rights, and, if so, how?
  6. What trade-offs were women required to make in order to participate in the HFP program?
  7. Does exposure to nutrition education diffused through village health committees increase uptake of new practices compared to exposure diffused by elder women presumed to be influential (or vice versa)?  Do differences in targeting these network structures lead to statistically different impacts on health knowledge and improved feeding practices?
  8. What are the characteristics of social networks that increase or decrease diffusion of nutritional human capital within villages?

HKI  Instruments and Reports

  • EHFP Baseline household questionnaire (including gender disaggregated asset module and women's status)
  • EHFP Baseline Report
  • Power Point presentation at final technial workshop - January 2013
  • Project Note - "An Integrated Agriculture-Nutrition Program in Burkina Faso Can Change Gender Norms on Land and Asset Ownership" - November 2013
  • Discussion Paper - "Can Integrated Agriculture-Nutrition Programs Change Gender Norms on Land and Asset Ownership? Evidence from Burkina Faso" - December 2013

GAAP core team members working with HKI:  Julia Behrman