The ANGeL pilot project (2015–18) aims to identify actions and investments in agriculture that will help to improve nutrition and empower women. The PRSSP designed this project, which the Bangladesh Ministry of Agriculture and other partners are implementing, that will evaluate the impact of three types of interventions for promoting nutrition and gender-sensitive agriculture:
- Agriculture Production—Facilitating the production of the high-value food commodities rich in essential nutrients through the diversification of crops, livestock, and the like.
- Nutrition Knowledge—Conducting high-quality training in behavior-change communication to improve people’s knowledge of nutrition.
- Gender Sensitization—Undertaking activities to empower women and raise their status while encouraging gender parity.
The Ministry of Agriculture will use ANGeL data to (1) identify which interventions most effectively increase agricultural diversity, improve nutrition, and promote women’s empowerment; and (2) scale up the most effective interventions all over Bangladesh. ANGeL is the first ministry-led initiative in Bangladesh to use evidence from a randomized controlled trial to design a national program.