Manuscript published in Food & Nutrition Bulletin Sept 2020 - Abstract: Two studies, ENGINE (Empowering New Generations to Improve Nutrition and Economic opportunities) and Growth through Nutrition, were conducted in the same 4 regions of Ethiopia approximately 5 years apart. A similar protocol using a quantitative and qualitative survey of key informants at the subnational level was used to explore barriers and facilitators for implementation of the country’s national multisector nutrition plan.
Nutrition Policy and Governance in Ethiopia: What Difference Does 5 Years Make?
Assessment on Modalities of Livestock Support Fund Provision as In-kind or Cash to Support Most Vulnerable Households in Two Pilot Districts
Conducted in the Enarji Enawuga (in Amhara - East Gojjam) and Liben Chiquala (in East Oromia – East Shewa) districts - the assessment evaluated in-kind provision and cash transfer for agricultural inputs (livestock) to determine which modality is best.
Post-Distribution Assessment Report
Following Growth through Nutrition's provision of agricultural inputs for 28,000 vulnerable households, the project conducted a Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM) Assessment among Year III beneficiaries who received agricultural inputs to understand the effectiveness of livelihood support, appropriateness of the targeting and distribution process, and bottlenecks or shortcomings related to agricultural input distribution. This report details the assessment findings.
Success Story - Empowered Health Extension Worker Atsede transforms a health facility
When Atsede Seifu first joined the Tekeze Health Post in Welkait Wereda as a Health Extention Worker, she was highly affected by “that intensive sadness and worry of seeing children suffer from malnutrition despite the availability of different food items in their hands or at home.” With this motivation, she set about implementing quality improvement models supported by Growth through Nutrition following her on-the-job training - improving the organized records of the facility's services.
Report Summary - Social Behavior Change Communication, Virtual Facilitator Study
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
Success Story - A Family Saved from Dismantling
In a powerful testament to the force of knowledge and empowerment, mother-of-six, Workinesh Teka, details how with support from Growth through Nutrition, she transformed her family from a nutritionally vulnerable household to a thriving family unit, and how her children now consume a diversified diet of vegetables and animal products. She learned negotiation skills, and in doing so, built a stronger relationship with her husband, keeping the family from breaking apart.
Success Story - Two Birds with One Stone
This success story highlights how the Were Babu Magna Farmer's Training Center took advantage of resources provided by Growth through Nutrition to enhance their pond irrigation system and distribute inputs to the local community and other Farmer's Training Centers. The center has also played a vital role in the area diffusing nutrition-sensitive practices through training and cooking demonstration.
7th Project Research and Learning Working Group Meeting Summary notes and Presentations
On February 28, 2020 - Tufts University, a Growth through Nutrition implementing partner, brought together over 40 participants from different nutrition projects to present and discuss two inter-related gender topics. The documents are an outline of the major findings and points shared and the presentations covered during the learning session.
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).
Success Story - "Our life is no longer a battle for survival"
Burke Amsalu is a mother of four children who struggled to find sustainable income as a local-spirit vendor and laborer in the Horo Guduru Welega Zone. While pregnant with one of her children, she frequently visited the nearby clinic to improve hygiene and nutrition practices for her household.