The United Nations is convening a Food Systems Summit in September 2021, bringing together Heads of State, Country Delegates, policy officials and a range of other stakeholders. A major goal of the Summit will be the identification of strategies to effectively transform food systems to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
IR5. Strengthening Multi-Sector Coordination and Capacity
Specific capacity building efforts include:
- Strategies and activities around multi-sector coordination at national, regional, and local levels
- Capacity-development to implement NNP and OWNP
- Inclusion of explicit nutrition objectives and outcome policies across sectors (WASH, health, agriculture, education)
- Strengthening nutrition technical expertise across sectors
Key Progress in Project Year II
Growth through Nutrition continued supporting GoE to strengthen individual sector capacity and multi-sectoral coordination to implement National Nutrition Program (NNP) and One WASH National Program (OWNP). The project supported technically and financially the assessment of the multi-sectoral performance scorecard at regional level to enhance accountability; and facilitated use of collected data to inform multi-sectoral dialogue at national level and presented project derived lessons and research findings during the first NNP Annual Review Meeting. The project supported 82 woredas to establish multi-sectoral coordination bodies, and identified 10 woredas to serve as models for effective multi-sectoral coordination.
Growth through Nutrition continued providing technical leadership and financial support to finalize the Food and Nutrition Policy (FNP), provided technical and financial support for the first Seqota Declaration bi-annual review meeting; built the capacity of health and agriculture sectors through seconded staff to provide technical support on policy and multi-sector coordination. The project presented experience on WASH and nutrition at the OWNP meeting Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting.
The project continued supporting 19 higher education institutions in the four regions. During the reporting period, the project supported three national curriculum revision and harmonization workshops (Nutrition/Nutrition-sensitive agriculture for universities; and WASH) for polytechnic vocational education and training colleges); conducted nutrition course review workshop for health science cadres; conducted human nutrition curriculum validation workshops; and provided support to two annual Quality Improvement performance review workshop in collaboration with Higher Education Relevance and Quality Assurance (HERQA), Federal Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) agency and Ethiopian Kaizen Institute for all project supported institutions.
Growth through Nutrition strengthened the capacity of 688 health, nutrition, agriculture and water technology instructors on Gender Responsive Effective Teaching Skills, instructional materials design and development, skills lab management, and nutrition and WASH technical update. The project provided skills lab materials and audio-visual aids to 14 higher preservice institutions to create an enabling environment for integration of nutrition and WASH. The project technically and financially supported the Academic Centre of Excellence for Nutrition (ACEN) at Hawassa University to host the first international nutrition & food industries conference and facilitate the laboratory accreditation process through experience sharing visit to the national accredited laboratory centers.
Growth through Nutrition with the NNTC conducted the nutrition human resource needs (HR) assessment for NNP implementing sectors, and endorsed the findings and recommendations through validation workshop.
Key Progress in Project Year III
Growth through Nutrition played a key role in the finalization and endorsement of the Food and Nutrition Policy, of which a final revision was approved by the Council of Ministers, refining the proclamation to establish the Food and Nutrition Agency, and additionally supported the launching of the Ethiopian Nutrition Leaders Network to develop, inspire, and connect a new generation of nutrition leaders.
Furthermore, the project provided National Nutrition Program (NNP) scorecard based training on nutrition governance and leadership at regional level for 57 Nutrition Coordination Body (NCB) and Nutrition Technical Committee (NTC) members, followed by monitoring the implementation of sector roles using existing scorecards at regional levels.
Two benchmarking visits were conducted to best-performing WASH and agriculture institutions to foster experience sharing and best practices. Hawassa Polytechnic College and Debre Markos University were benchmarked for their outstanding performance in teaching the newly integrated WASH competency and using the skills labs at the college and remarkable achievements in delivering robust Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) courses, implementing NSA through community service, and establishing an NSA demonstration site in the university compound, respectively.
Key Progress in Project Year IV
In year IV, Growth through Nutrition played a key role in the finalization and endorsement of the Food and Nutrition Policy, of which a final revision which was approved by the Council of Ministers, refining the proclamation to establish the food and nutrition agency, and additionally, supported the launching of the Ethiopian Nutrition Leaders Network to develop, inspire, and connect a new generation of nutrition leaders.
The project also provided NNP scorecard-based training on nutrition governance and leadership at the regional level for 57 Nutrition Coordinating Body (NCB) and Nutrition Technical Committee (NTC) members, followed by monitoring the implementation of sector roles using existing scorecards at regional levels.
Two benchmarking visits were conducted to best-performing WASH and agriculture institutions to foster experience sharing and best practices. Hawassa Polytechnic College and Debre Markos University were benchmarked for their outstanding performance in teaching the newly integrated WASH competency, using the skills labs at the college, and remarkable achievements in delivering robust NSA courses, implementing NSA through community service, and establishing an NSA demonstration site in the university compound, respectively.
The paper below is a summary of key research findings, lessons learned and program/policy recommendations from operation research studies conducted under the Growth through Nutrition and its predecessor ENGINE project. It also highlights some of the ways the project learning, research dissemination and capacity building activities have had a positive outcome of turning “research into action” and summarizes the way forward.
On the 11th of March, 2020 - Save the Children U.S finalized an internal mid-term evaluation of the project activity's overall performance using a quantitative research study and program review.
Success Story - Growth through Nutrition Activity’s Internship Program Support Boosts Students’ Practical Learning Experience
The Growth through Nutrition project provides internship opportunities for selected food and nutrition students from four universities in Ethiopia. The program is intended to enhance students’ food and nutrition skill competencies by exposing them to actual work settings.The document describes how one of the project's interns, Kasahun Adane, benefited from both observation and exposure to practice.
Success Story - Connecting Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Curriculum Contents with Community Service
This success story highlights the experience of Beyenu Workinesh and the ways in which integrating nutrition-sensitive agriculture content into undergraduate agriculture curricula has impacted diet and agriculture in the country.
Growth through Nutrition has provided training on Gender Responsive Effective Teaching Skills for 834 instructors at 19 institutions.This success story illustrates how Fekadu Reta's devoted teaching and dedication to nutrition education has been transformed by Growth through Nutrition training at Hawassa University.
Handout on background and progress report for IR5 activities between October 2018 and March 2019 (Strengthened Multi-Sector Coordination and Capacity to Implement Effective Nutrition and WASH Programs)