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.
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.