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Woman with her salad harvest.
Woman with her salad harvest

Twenty-nine percent of Ethiopian women are malnourished, and 44 percent of children suffer from chronic under-nutrition. Both micronutrient and protein-caloric malnutrition are complications for children, may stunt a child’s growth, and have other long-term implications for their development. In conjunction with the Feed the Future Initiative, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other USAID programs to end hunger and improve nutrition, USAID nutrition programs provide technical assistance in developing national policy, programs, guidelines and institutional capacity to monitor undernourished populations. Nutrition assessment and counseling support is provided by USAID and its partners to hospitals and health centers, in addition to fortification and supplementation of micronutrients. USAID also combats malnutrition by providing training and materials for nutrition education on a community level.

Activities Include

  • Empowering New Generations in Improved Nutrition and Economic opportunities (ENGINE): Uses sustainable, comprehensive, and coordinated interventions to improve the nutritional status of women and young children. Focuses on strengthening nutrition programs and policy, health care services, community-oriented nutrition and livelihood care and practices, and a rigorous learning agenda.

  • Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) III: Provides technical assistance in nutrition training at national and regional levels in reviewing and updating national HIV/AIDS nutrition policy and guidelines.

  • Food by Prescription: Provides nutritional assessments, counseling, and assistance to HIV+ individuals, pregnant and postpartum women, and orphans and vulnerable children.

  • Urban HIV/AIDS Food and Nutrition Assistance: Advances the nutritional status and quality of life of food-insecure people living with HIV/AIDS and receiving Home Based Care, Antiretroviral Therapy, and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission Services. Also increases school enrollment and attendance of orphans and vulnerable children in urban communities affected by HIV/AIDS.

  • Integrated Family Health Program (IFHP+)/Evidence 2 Action (E2A): Integrates family planning, maternal, newborn and child health services at the primary health care unit level, provides maternal, infant and young child nutrition-behavior change and case management of acute malnutrition trainings to health workers, health extension workers, support groups, and community volunteers with the knowledge to improve promotion of optimal breastfeeding, infant and young child feeding, and micronutrient supplementations..

Other USAID Ethiopia Projects that Promote Improved Nutrition

  • Agricultural Growth Program – Agribusiness Market Development: Support the Government of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Plan (AGP) by improving the competitiveness of value chains that offer job and income opportunities for rural households.

  • Agricultural Growth Program- Livestock Market Development: Support the Government of Ethiopia’s AGP by improving smallholder incomes and nutritional status through investments in selected livestock value chains.

  • Graduation with Resilience to Sustainable Development (GRAD): Graduate 50,000 households (200,000 people) in 16 districts from the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) through increased income and creation of assets that enhance their livelihoods potential.

  • Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement and Market Expansion (PRIME): Target pastoral areas of Ethiopia to promote the viability and resiliency of pastoralist communities through market development and natural resource management. Graduate 50,000 households (200,000 people) in 16 districts from the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) through increased income and creation of assets that enhance their livelihoods potential.

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Last updated: April 16, 2014

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