Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity, USAID’s five-year flagship multi-sectoral nutrition and WASH project has recently reached its mid-year project implementation period.
On April 18, 2019, Save the Children International (SCI) held a half-day visibility workshop at the Hilton hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event welcomed Save the Children International’s CEO, Ms. Carolyn Miles, Save the Children Ethiopia’s Country Director, Mr. Ekin Ogutogullari, Growth through Nutrition Activity’s Chief of Party, Mr. Daniel Abbott, USAID’s acting Deputy Mission Director, Mr. Shelby Hunt, partners from the Government of Ethiopia, implementing partners, project advisors and over 100 participants.
On March 20, 2019, the Tufts University Growth through Nutrition Activity team hosted the 4th Project Research and Learning Working Group Meeting. The technical working group meeting which serves as a platform for experts in research, learning, and knowledge management in the Nutrition, WASH, and Agriculture projects to share learning convened at KZ Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a half-day meeting.
To support the need for additional capacity of advance nutrition professionals within Ethiopia, the former USAID ENGINE project awarded PhD scholarships to eight students (three from Jimma University, two from Hawassa University, two from EPHI and one from Tufts University local staff) to undertake their doctoral studies through a dual-degree program implemented by Jimma University in collaboration with several European universities.
One of the components of the Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity is a Social and Behavior Change strategy to help improve community behaviors around nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
The 3rd Project Research and Learning Workshop was conducted on December 20, 2018, at Save the Children Country Office in Addis Ababa. The workshop was organized by the Tufts University team under Growth through Nutrition Activity. The workshop serves as a platform for experts in research, learning, and knowledge management in the Nutrition, WASH, Health, and Agriculture sectors to share knowledge and learning.
The 8th African Nutritional Epidemiology Conference (ANEC VIII) organized by Food and Nutrition Society of Ethiopian (FONSE), African Nutrition Society (ANS) and Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) brought together more than five hundred nutrition scientists, policy makers, public health professionals, nutrition program implementers and students in the capital of Africa – Addis Ababa, to discuss Africa’s nutritional challenges and potential solutions to eradicating malnutrition.
On November 23, 2018, Ethiopia’s government made a monumental commitment to address the country’s challenges around food and nutrition by approving its first ever, and much anticipated, Food and Nutrition Policy.
On Friday 20, July 2018, Tufts University conducted a half-day workshop at Capital Hotel in Addis Ababa to raise awareness, enhance capacity, and promote dissemination for learning and knowledge among multi-sectoral nutrition projects in Ethiopia.
Experts from local and international NGOs, academic lecturers, experts from livelihood and agriculture, SBCC, Health and Nutrition, and WASH thematic leads, as well as the Deputy Chief of Party Operations, attended the half-day workshop.
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.