Deadline to submit proposal: March 11, 2018
The Federal Ministry of Health recently hosted an Annual National Nutrition Program (NNP) Implementation Review Meeting with technical and financial support from projects led by Save the Children International including Growth through Nutrition, INSPIRE and ECSC-SUN, and UNICEF. The meeting welcomed experts and leaders from NNP-implementing government sectors and partners from all over Ethiopia.
The Growth through Nutrition Livelihoods team (Land O'Lakes and Save the Children) brought together researchers from local Universities and Research Centers on December 16, 2017, for a one-day consultative workshop to select and standardize innovative postharvest technologies and practices that can be piloted in select locations of the project operational areas. The workshop was designed to solicit feedback from invited experts on the process of selecting and standardizing postharvest technologies and practices selected for piloting.
The Monitoring and Evaluation (MEAL) team rolled out field level data collection for the Most Vulnerable Households (MVH) Survey from October 23 to November 7, 2017. The MVH Survey is designed to assess interventions targeting households who encounter difficulties in obtaining basic needs due to inefficient resources and other conditions.
As part of the project Learning Agenda Strategy, Tufts University completed field level data collection for its first operational research study, Assessing Multi-sectoral Coordination for Nutrition Policy Effectiveness in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray Regions.
Save the Children and Tufts University joined forces with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and Ethiopia Civil Society Coalition for Scaling up Nutrition (ECSC-SUN) to conduct an Effective Policy Brief Development Training for the Federal Ministry of Health Research Advisory Committee (FMoH-RAC) members on September 28 and 29, 2017 at the Harmony Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The aim of the training workshop was to increase RAC members’ involvement in policy brief preparation and policy advisory services.
In October 2017, Tufts staff members traveled to the Growth through Nutrition regional field offices in Amhara, Tigray, SNNPR and Oromia to conduct a Learning and Knowledge Management (LKM) training as a capacity building activity for project staff. About 60 project staff were trained across all regions with a two-day training comprised of theoretical and practical sessions focused on the implementation of project-wide Learning Agenda and Knowledge Management strategies.
The Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity Year I Annual Review and Planning workshop took place from August 23-25, 2017 in Bishoftu, Ethiopia and welcomed staff and partners representing USAID, Save the Children, World Vision, PSI, Tufts University, The Manoff Group, Land O’Lakes and Jhpiego.
The Growth through Nutrition Activity Baseline Survey was initiated on July 10, 2017, in the regions of Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, and SNNP (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region). The objective of the survey was to set base values for key project performance indicators on the nutritional status of children and women of the reproductive age group. Moreover, the survey will serve as a basis to evaluate the anticipated project pathways to increased household access to nutritious food through improved knowledge, attitudes, practices, and services.
On Tuesday June 27, 2017, Tufts organized a half-day workshop to validate the Learning Agenda Strategy for Growth through Nutrition at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop brought together 32 members of the research and learning community including project partners, research institutions, government ministries, private organizations, non-government organizations and development partners to discuss and endorse the strategy.