Growth through Nutrition Workshop on Lessons Learned and Key Recommendations for Multisectoral Nutrition Programming, Part One
For its final learning event with Tufts University, Growth through Nutrition invited partners to share key experiences and lessons learned throughout the duration of the first five years of the project. The event, organized by Tufts in collaboration with Save the Children, was held virtually over Zoom on the 15th and 16th of June 2021 and involved key partners, stakeholders, and other academic and development professionals working in multisectoral programs in Ethiopia and abroad.
Part one of the workshop features an overview of Growth through Nutrition and the informative role of the Learning Agenda by Dan Abbott, SCI Chief of Party for the project, followed by a presentation by Tufts Sr. Learning Advisor Rahel Gizaw on key lessons learned and recommendations on the project's Intermediate Results Areas (IRs) 1-3: Improved Access to Diverse and Quality Foods, Improved Nutrition, Agriculture and WASH-related behaviors, and Increased Utilization of Quality Health and Nutrition Services.
Growth through Nutrition Workshop on Lessons Learned and Key Recommendations for Multisectoral Nutrition Programming, Part Two
Part two of this workshop features success stories from Growth through Nutrition, a presentation by Lioul Berhanu, SCI Deputy Chief of Party for Programs, on Innovative Approaches employed by the project, and key lessons learned and recommendations on IRs 4-5 (Improved Access to WASH Products and Services and Strengthened GoE Leadership Capacity) and the cross-cutting areas of Research and Learning, Gender, Convergence/Layering, and Crisis Response. The video concludes with a Q&A session between participants and the presenters.
Growth through Nutrition Workshop on Lessons Learned and Key Recommendations for Multisectoral Nutrition Programming, Part Three
Part three of this workshop features a presentation by Growth through Nutrition partners on their reflections on overall project implementation, partnership, and recommendations. Partners include PSI, World Vision, Land O'Lakes Venture 37, Jhpiego, CVDA and FIDO. The session concludes with a presentation by Professor Eileen Kennedy, Principal Investigator at Tufts University, on "The Role of Household Assets in Improving Women's Dietary Diversity in Ethiopia" based on secondary analysis of ENGINE data.
Growth through Nutrition Workshop on Lessons Learned and Key Recommendations for Multisectoral Nutrition Programming, Part Four
Part four of this workshop features a presentation from Jhpiego on "The Pre/Post-NSA and WASH Competency Assessment of Agriculture and Water Technology Students" followed by a report from the Tufts Research Manager on "The Effectiveness of an Alternative Approach to Improve IYCF, Women's Diet Diversity, Women's Empowerment and WASH practices." Study results from a small grant research project are given by Yeshimebet Ali from Wollo University on "The Influence of Nutrition Education on Dietary Diversity and Nutrition Status of Pregnant Women in Rural Kebeles of Dessie City, Northeast Ethiopia." The session concludes with a Q&A session between workshop participants and the presenters.
Growth through Nutrition Workshop on Lessons Learned and Key Recommendations for Multisectoral Nutrition Programming, Part Five
The fifth and final part of this workshop features a presentation by small grant awardee Arefayne Alenko from Jimma University on "The Role of Effective Teaching Skill Training on Pedagogic Skills of Instructors at Higher Public Education Institutions of Ethiopia." The session concludes with a summary on the way forward and closing remarks by Save the Children and Tufts leadership.
Hosted by the Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity on April 21, 2021, this webinar discussed an overview of the relationship between WASH and nutrition along with key lessons learned and recommendations for WASH programming based on recent findings and current best practices. Lack of access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) can affect health and nutritional status through diarrheal diseases, intestinal parasite infections and environmental enteropathy. WASH may also impact nutritional status indirectly by necessitating walking long distances in search of water and sanitation facilities and diverting a mother’s time away from childcare. Growth through Nutrition works with the government of Ethiopia to increase water access by developing and/or rehabilitating water points in over 30 project woredas and stimulating the private sector to increase the supply of quality, affordable WASH products and services. An example of specific WASH programming, the findings and lessons learned from the research on Growth through Nutrition water supply schemes was presented and explored.
April 21, 2021
The Role of Animal Source Foods in Nutrition Security, Growth and Early Child Development: Benefits, Opportunities and Challenges
Hosted by the Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity on March 24, 2021, this webinar discussed the importance of animal source foods (ASFs), which when consumed in small amounts provide quality protein, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids - all nutrients critical for growth and early child development. In this webinar, Dr. Shibani Ghosh presented the role of Animal Source Foods in improving the nutritional status of vulnerable populations, multi-country analyses assessing the role of the type of ASF and the total number of ASFs, and contextualized the opportunities and challenges in supporting actions promoting its consumption. Dr. Getnet Assefa also presented on the role ASF plays in nutrition food security of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia based on findings from studies conducted under the Growth through Nutrition project.
March 24, 2021
Key Health, Nutrition and Agricultural Services in the face of COVID-19 in Ethiopia: Lessons Learned
This Growth through Nutrition webinar titled “Key Health, Nutrition and Agricultural Services in the face of COVID-19 in Ethiopia: Lessons Learned” from February 3, 2021, presents and discusses some significant changes in the health and agricultural sectors before and after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact health and economics at a global level in both large and small ways, strong efforts have been made in Ethiopia to better understand the specific impacts on the health, nutrition and agricultural sectors. Recent research was presented in this event, which were conducted by Growth through Nutrition Activity and IFPRI to specifically assess changes to health and agricultural services in Ethiopia due to the pandemic, and to inform ongoing and future support in recovery of critical services.
February 3, 2021
This Growth through Nutrition webinar titled “Transforming Food Systems – Lessons Learned from Global and Local Experience” on Dec 1, 2020, highlighted the core elements of food systems, external drivers, and political economy issues that facilitate or impede important changes in food systems. Critical gaps in knowledge regarding the tradeoffs between targets embedded in the SDGs were explored as well as a discussion of policies that can bring about dramatic changes in food systems. Two commenters reflected on the topic focusing on the context of the Ethiopian food system.
December 1, 2020
This webinar was presented by the Growth through Nutrition Activity on September 30, 2020, on the "Implications of COVID-19 on Nutrition: Lessons Learned and Practical & Innovative Approaches - Perspectives from Civil Society, Government, Academia, Private and Development Partners." The presenters are Dr. Eileen Kennedy from Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Dr. Sisay Sinamo from the Seqota Declaration (SD) Federal Program Delivery Unit at the Ministry of Health, Ethiopia, and Dr. Amare Deribew from Nutrition International. The event brought together representatives from government, civil society, and academia to discuss lessons learned, practical and innovative approaches regarding COVID-19, different sectors’ adaptation and response plans, and recommendations to address the current and future epidemic and minimize its negative impact on nutrition.
September 30, 2020
This webinar comes from a learning event presented by Growth through Nutrition Activity on June 27, 2017, on the topic of “Evidence Use for Policy & Programs: Generating Evidence.” The presenters are Dr. Eileen Kennedy and Dr. Shibani Ghosh from Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. The event aimed to help create a common understanding around the importance and implications of evidence for informing programs and policy among project partners and stakeholders and covered topics including why evidence is needed, how evidence is generated, various levels of evidence and a discussion of study designs.
June 27, 2017