Empowering through education
Improving the Nutrition and Hygiene of smallholder farmers
The Seeds of Prosperity programme is a partnership between Unilever, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). Together, we are working through commodity supply chains to improve the diets and hygiene of smallholder farmers.
A successful pilot has reached 2,600 farmers in Tamil Nadu, India. The programme will now be replicated in tea farming communities in Assam as well as Kenya and Malawi, benefiting a further 300,000 people. The next step is to bring other suppliers on board to significantly extend its reach.
Women who participated in the pilot reported a 41% increase in the variety of foods consumed. Also, there was a 41% increase in the number of households that grew vegetables in their gardens. Our intervention has also helped enhance hygiene among farmers; we saw 78% of farmers begin washing their hands before lunch daily, compared to 51% who did not participate in the programme.
Empowering communities with nutrition education
‘Prabhat’ is HUL’s USLP-linked programme which contributes to the development of local communities around key sites including manufacturing locations. Prabhat aims to create sustainable communities in line with India’s development agenda and the global SDGs. We are building on the local community needs at the grassroots level through targeted pillars of enhancing livelihoods, water conservation and health and well-being awareness. Project Prabhat is live in over 30 locations across the country. It has directly benefited over 2.9 million people across 12 states and 2 union territories in India through partnerships with over 20 NGOs and more than 5,000 HUL employee volunteers participated in the volunteering activities under Project Prabhat in the last 5 years.
Prabhat also launched the School Contact Programme (SCP) on Nutrition last year wherein HUL employees volunteered as Nutrition Ambassadors explaining the importance of healthy eating and healthy living to school children. The vision of this initiative is to help communities ‘grow healthy together’. We are certain that once people experience the benefits of safe & healthy food themselves, they will become ambassadors of change for the entire community. The programme has reached out to more than 46,000 school children in 2018.