Handout on background and progress report for IR1 activities (Increased Access to Diverse, Safe, and Quality Foods) - March 2019
IR1. Increasing access to diverse, safe and quality foods
The project aims to promote access to nutritious and productive varieties of vegetables, fruits, legumes, bio-fortified crops and small livestock. Support areas include better use of inputs and cultivation practices, increased market availability of diverse foods, and addressing concerns of food safety and post-harvest losses. Emphasis will be placed on diversification of crop production and animal husbandry while food safety activities will focus on the prevention and control of potential health hazards. Food quality will address inputs and cultivation practices that influence a product’s value to the consumer and post-harvest handling will focus on reduction of losses.
The project will scale-up livelihoods and economic strengthening activities for Most Vulnerable Households (MVHHs) building on ENGINE’s successful work. In collaboration with partners, production activities will be developed and implemented through GoE systems while also capitalizing on the private sector. Activities will link with SBCC to increase the consumption of promoted foods and the adoption of improved hygiene and handling practices (see IR2).
Project activities aim to improve the nutritional status of women and children through increased dietary diversity and ensuring that a minimum acceptable diet for children is met at the household level. Specific implementation objectives under IR1 include:
- Adoption of sustainable approaches for production of diverse crops and livestock
- Adoption of innovative technologies for preparation, processing, preservation, and storage of safe, nutrient dense foods
- Strengthening government systems and private sector linkages
Key Progress in Project Year II
The project trained 15,407 development agents (DAs), model farmers, teachers and most vulnerable households (MVHHs) on agriculture productivity with an emphasis on Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA).
To ensure dietary diversity of women and children, Growth through Nutrition provided a package of livelihood support (seeds of selected vegetables and fruits seedlings, basic hand tools for cultivation of homestead gardening, and productive animals) to 13,179 MVHHs and organized MVHHs into 540 village saving and credit groups, which also serve as a platform for SBCC (IR2) activities. The project also completed food safety assessment and piloting post-harvest handling (PHH) technologies.
A feasibility study on whether to use voucher system to provide livelihood support in Growth through Nutrition Activity
Manual for a three-day training-of-trainers course in post-harvest handling, storage and preservation techniques including: causes and extent of on farm post-harvest losses in Ethiopia, and practices to reduce post-harvest losses, store, and preserve fresh fruits, vegetables, staple grains and animal source foods that are relevant to rural, small holder farmers.
This manual is intended to be used as a resource on nutrition sensitive agricultural and livelihoods for the training of trainers of woreda level agricultural technical staff and GTN activity and livelihoods technical staff for them to cascade the training for agricultural development agents.
This manual is intended to be used as a resource for the training of model farmers on specific nutrition sensitive agricultural (NSA) and livelihoods including support for commercial farming.
A training manual on basic entrepreneurship and business management concepts for selected private agricultural inputs suppliers.
A trainer guide designed to assist the training of model farmers in fruits and vegetable production, chicken rearing, dairy cow management, fattening, agricultural marketing and cooperative gearing to nutrition sensitive agriculture and farming as a business
Evaluation and Key Lessons on Smallholder Farmers’ Improved Chicken Supply Chain and Backyard /Local Chicken Performance
Assessment report on the performance of ENGINE’s Backyard Improved/Local Chicken implemented with smallholder farmers in the four regional states.
Summarizes livelihood/agriculture packages specific to Growth through Nutrition Activity ago-ecologies based on relevant literature and experience from ENGINE Project
Summary of research assessing the links between agricultural production, commercialization, markets and gender on household diet diversity and to discuss resulting policy recommendations.