IR5. Strengthening Multi-Sector Coordination and Capacity

Specific capacity building efforts include:

  • Strategies and activities around multi-sector coordination at national, regional, and local levels
  • Capacity-development to implement NNP and OWNP
  • Inclusion of explicit nutrition objectives and outcome policies across sectors (WASH, health, agriculture, education)
  • Strengthening nutrition technical expertise across sectors

Key Progress in Project Year II

Growth through Nutrition continued supporting GoE to strengthen individual sector capacity and multi-sectoral coordination to implement National Nutrition Program (NNP) and One WASH National Program (OWNP). The project supported technically and financially the assessment of the multi-sectoral performance scorecard at regional level to enhance accountability; and facilitated use of collected data to inform multi-sectoral dialogue at national level and presented project derived lessons and research findings during the first NNP Annual Review Meeting. The project supported 82 woredas to establish multi-sectoral coordination bodies, and identified 10 woredas to serve as models for effective multi-sectoral coordination.

Growth through Nutrition continued providing technical leadership and financial support to finalize the Food and Nutrition Policy (FNP), provided technical and financial support for the first Seqota Declaration bi-annual review meeting; built the capacity of health and agriculture sectors through seconded staff to provide technical support on policy and multi-sector coordination. The project presented experience on WASH and nutrition at the OWNP meeting Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting.

The project continued supporting 19 higher education institutions in the four regions. During the reporting period, the project supported three national curriculum revision and harmonization workshops (Nutrition/Nutrition-sensitive agriculture for universities; and WASH) for polytechnic vocational education and training colleges); conducted nutrition course review workshop for health science cadres; conducted human nutrition curriculum validation workshops; and provided support to two annual Quality Improvement performance review workshop in collaboration with Higher Education Relevance and Quality Assurance (HERQA), Federal Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) agency and Ethiopian Kaizen Institute for all project supported institutions.

Growth through Nutrition strengthened the capacity of 688 health, nutrition, agriculture and water technology instructors on Gender Responsive Effective Teaching Skills, instructional materials design and development, skills lab management, and nutrition and WASH technical update. The project provided skills lab materials and audio-visual aids to 14 higher preservice institutions to create an enabling environment for integration of nutrition and WASH. The project technically and financially supported the Academic Centre of Excellence for Nutrition (ACEN) at Hawassa University to host the first international nutrition & food industries conference and facilitate the laboratory accreditation process through experience sharing visit to the national accredited laboratory centers.

Growth through Nutrition with the NNTC conducted the nutrition human resource needs (HR) assessment for NNP implementing sectors, and endorsed the findings and recommendations through validation workshop.


Implications of COVID-19 on Nutrition: Lessons Learned from COVID-19, Practical and Innovative Approaches (Webinar)

The novel Coronavirus is imposing unprecedented health, nutrition, social, and economic risks to the global population. Although the number of COVID-19 cases is still rather low as compared to many other countries,  Ethiopia is also being affected with spread of the virus sharply increasing. If this spread continues, it has the potential to reverse some of the nutritional gains that the country has achieved in the last few years.

Success Story - Growth through Nutrition Activity’s Internship Program Support Boosts Students’ Practical Learning Experience

The Growth through Nutrition project provides internship opportunities for selected food and nutrition students from four universities in Ethiopia. The program is intended to enhance students’ food and nutrition skill competencies by exposing them to actual work settings.The document describes how one of the project's interns, Kasahun Adane, benefited from both observation and exposure to practice. 

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