The RED program is organized around three primary objectives: (i) increased predictable year-round household income and expenditure on children; and (ii) improved diets from sustainable food systems for children under-five, adolescents and women, especially pregnant and lactating women. To achieve these overall objectives, the program will implement two components of activities. The first component includes specific interventions to increase household income, which include training and organization of marketing clubs to increase farmers’ connections to value chains, establishing village savings and loans groups, providing vocational and business training to develop the skills and marketability of youths and women of childbearing age and link them to relevant industries, establishing a scheme to distribute goats and encouraging the rearing of livestock. The second program component will complement these interventions and promote investment in child wellbeing. Care groups will be established to increase knowledge about practices related to breastfeeding and complementary feeding, to train women and youths in shopping, farming, and cooking for proper nutrition, and to improve households’ knowledge of proper techniques in water and sanitation.
All households in the treatment group are eligible to receive both components of RED program, while all households in the control group are will not receive either of the two primary components. In the study area, there is also a third component that seeks to ensure that economic and nutrition pathways are protected from shocks and stress. All villages in the treatment and control villages will receive the third component. The programing for the third component will build the capacity of disaster risk management structures and volunteers such that they can effectively support the communities, in particular youth and women, to protect their lives, property, health, livelihoods, and productive assets, as well as environmental assets, while promoting and protecting children and human rights. The evaluation is therefore designed to test the additional impact of the package of interventions in the first two components of the program over and above that of the interventions in the third component.