Following the success of the inaugural meeting of the Nutrition, Agriculture and WASH Research and Learning Working Group, Growth Through Nutrition hosted a second workshop this past September that brought together more than twenty Learning Advisors, Research Advisors and Heads of Nutrition, WASH and Agriculture Projects.
The International Nutrition and Food Industries Conference, organized by the Center of Excellence (CoE) for Human Nutrition at Hawassa University, was held August 16-18 and centered around the theme of Partnerships for Food/Nutrition Training and Sustainable Development.
Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity’s Annual Review and Planning Meeting was held August 13-15 at Kaleb Hotel in Addis Ababa, and brought together staff from local NGOs, management and leads from project regional offices, and staff from project implementing partners including Land o’Lakes, PSI, Jhpiego, the Manoff Group, Tufts University and World Vision.
World Vision Ethiopia’s work on Growth through Nutrition focuses on IR4 (Improved access to WASH products and service), with particular responsibility for activities related to improving access to safe water. The project will improve access in 30 woredas, 15 of which will be reached in the current project year.
In year two of the project, the Growth through Nutrition Activity conducted two research activities: A Formative Research on Adolescent Nutrition and Trials of Improved Practices on Maternal Nutrition (Maternal TIPs). The goal of this research was to gain insight into adolescent and maternal nutrition behaviors and their determinants in order to support the development of a social and behavioral change (SBC) strategy to help improve nutrition outcomes for children, adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating women.
On April 4, 2018, the Tufts University Growth through Nutrition Activity team hosted a half-day inaugural meeting at Capital Hotel in Addis Ababa for the newly established Project Research and Learning Working Group. This technical working group was initiated by Tufts under Growth through Nutrition to enhance capacity, collaboration and dissemination for learning and knowledge among muti-sectoral nutrition projects in Ethiopia.
On March 30, 2018, Population Services International (PSI) organized a half-day workshop on Understanding and Shaping the WASH Market in Ethiopia. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce stakeholders to the WASH market development process, to disseminate major findings of the market landscape assessment and consumer insight studies, and to solicit feedback on the draft marketing and communication strategy developed from the research.
Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) are nationally representative household surveys on health, nutrition, and population in developing countries. The DHS surveys have been regularly conducted in Ethiopia every 5-6 years since 2000. The survey results are an extremely useful tool for tracking national and regional trends in key monitoring and impact indicators. The Ethiopia DHS 2016 Final Report was recently released in the summer of 2017.
On March 6, 2018, Growth through Nutrition brought together representatives from five new and continuing Local NGO (LNGO) partners for a kick-off meeting. The LNGOs included the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church-Development Association, Fayyaa Integrated Development Organization, Ethiopian Muslims Relief and Development Association, Common Vision for Development Association, and Mums for Mums Ethiopia.
Integration of research, learning and knowledge management components into development projects is a current and growing trend which can be seen in the design of many of the new and continuing projects in Ethiopia. Through the recent research and learning landscape assessment conducted by Tufts University, several organizations that have begun incorporating learning and knowledge management components into their nutrition, WASH, and agriculture programs were identified.