On December 1, 2020 - Tufts University, in collaboration with Save the Children International conducted a webinar and discussed the core elements of food systems, external drivers, and poliitical economy issues that facilitate or impede important changes in food systems. It also covered critical gaps in knowledge regarding the tradeoffs embedded in the SDGs, as well as policies that could bring about dramatic changes in food systems. the major lessons and paths forward in regards to improving food systems transformations to meet nutritional needs in a sustainable manner.
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.
The attached document is a summary of the report on a quasi-experimental study Tufts University conducted to evaluate the added value of virtual facilitator as an SBCC approaches to improve IYCF, women diet diversity, women empowerment and WASH practices of Enhance Community Conversation participants in selected project intervention woredas in Amhara (Basoliben Woreda) and Oromia (Becho and Girar Jarso
The role of Quality Improvement Initiatives Supported by Growth through Nutrition Activity to Improve Quality of Nutrition Services at PHCUs
Growth through Nutrition (GTN), a 5-year USAID Feed the Future multisectoral nutrition project in Ethiopia, has been providing technical and financial support for quality improvement on nutrition at Primary Health Care Units (PHCUs). The study report summarizes some of the key findings from research conducted by Tufts University (project implementing partner) in collaboration with SCI, on the role of quality improvement initiatives (QI) in improving nutrition interventions at Primary Health Care Units (PHCU).
ADOLESCENT GIRLS’ NUTRITION-RELATED PRACTICES IN THE AMHARA, OROMIA, SNNP AND TIGRAY REGIONS OF ETHIOPIA: A report on formative research findings and recommendations for Social and Behavior Change Communication Programming. April 2018.
A report documenting the methodology, findings and recommendations of formative research on adolescent girls nutrition-related practices in four regions. The research addresses gaps in the first formative research documented in an earlier report.
ADOLESCENT GIRLS’ DIET AND NUTRITION PRACTICES AND THEIR DETERMINANTS: A report on formative research findings and recommendations for Social and Behavior Change Communication Programming. March 2017.
A report documenting the methodology, findings and recommendations of formative research on adolescent girls nutrition-related practices in four regions.
Final Report on USAID/ENGINE’s Enhanced Community Conversations for the First 1000 Days of Maternal and Child Nutrition: A Gender Transformative SBCC Program Approach: Documentation of the Process, Outcomes and Lessons Learned
A report documenting the strategic thinking and design of a new approach to improve the adoption of nutrition-related practices, transform gender roles and improve family dynamics in households with children under two years old.
An Assessment of the Barriers and Facilitators of Healthy Food Production, Purchase, and Consumption in the Amhara and SNNP Regions of Ethiopia: Summary Report
Summary Report on findings from operational research on the barriers and facilitators to the production, consumption, sale and purchase of healthy foods by Model Farmers and Most Vulnerable Households in Amhara and SNNPR.
Report summarizing and comparing the results of the annual Growth through Nutrition Most Vulnerable Household Surveys from 2017 and 2018, which are conducted to assess the changes brought about by the project interventions targeting MVHHs, to provide information to inform project implementation and to allow tracking of changes in households over time.
In order to best utilize timely and accurate interventions, dietary quality as well as progress should be tracked regularly. This study specifically looks at both dietary diversity and animal source food consumption in urban and rural parts of Ethiopia.