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Improving dietary diversity and diet quality through systems innovation – A pilot study in Vietnam


In Vietnam, poor nutrition is more common in poor rural households and more problematic in the groups of minorities living in hard-to-reach areas. HealthBridge Vietnam and its partners are conducting a study focusing on Thai communities in Mai Son district, Son La province in the North West of Vietnam. The study will assess local food biodiversity and identify opportunities for improving diet quality and diversity for women of reproductive age and children ages 12-23 months through system innovation. It will also probe links to the status of locally available biodiversity in selected Thai Villages.
The goal of this project is to identify best practices for improving farm and dietary diversity through participatory communities. We are studying farming biodiversity, farming practices, dietary diversity, nutritional KAP, food market and natural resources, and conducting analyses that will allow us to develop and test interventions that could improve farm and dietary diversity.


Mai Son district, Son La province, Vietnam



June 2014 - June 2016

Expected Results

Research conducted by HB-Vietnam, CARES and partners will identify key household and landscape system elements that can be leveraged to improve dietary diversity and quality. Improved farming practices, and involving men in maternal and child feeding, will improve the diet diversity of women of reproductive age and young children in rural upland communities.