Innovation Community NUTRITION

moderated by Meskerem Niesette Ritmeester

The EU in Ethiopia created an Innovation Community for Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA), jointly with AgriProFocus . Since nutrition is an important topic within food security strategies, there is a lot of interest form various NGOs, companies, donor organizations, research institutes and the government for exchange of knowledge, experience and tools. 

In this innovation community, we want to bring together relevant implementing partners with experience in nutrition and/or agriculture, share best practices and learn from each other. 

The Steering Committee with the APF-EU secretariat organsies 4 workshops this year. Please scroll down to see interesting information below on the discussion pages. To find summaries of the workshops, the full report and the PowerPoint presentations of the guest speakers  please go to the WORKSHOP REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS page under Recommended Reading in the menu bottom left on this page. For additional materials on nutrition sensitive agriculture, go to the PUBLICATIONS ON NUTRITION SENSITIVE AGRICULTURE page. 

If you like to join this Innovation Community, please fill out the registration form HERE.



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Posted 1 day 19 hours ago

FAO Online Discussion & Discussion Paper on the Nutrion-Sensitive Value Chains Framework

Discussion Paper from the Committee on World Food Security

The Rome-based Agencies Working Group (Including FAO, WFP and IFAD) has developed a joint nutrition-sensitive value chain (NSVC) framework. The NSVC framework is a practical approach to navigate the complexity of food systems and identify investment and policy opportunities to ensure that food value chains contribute to improved food security and nutrition. Opportunities to enhance nutrition outcomes arise at all stages of the value chain, from production to consumption. Adopting a NSVC approach allows for analyzing the roles and incentives of different actors along the chain, and to consider what may be the impact on cross cutting issues such as gender and climate change, as well as what policy and regulatory environment is conducive for VC to contribute to nutrition.

Follow the online discussion "How can value chains be shaped to

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Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

Compendium of indicators for Nutrition-sensitive agriculture

Published by FAO, november 2016

This compendium (PDF) from the FAO is designed to assist officers responsible for designing nutrition-sensitive food and agriculture investments in selecting appropriate indicators to monitor if these investments are having an impact on nutrition and through which pathways. The guide is for those responsible for the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of investment projects in food and agriculture (including and in addition to value chains, social development, and rural development) that need to demonstrate that they lead to intermediary results toward improved nutrition. This compendium aims to gather the main existing nutrition-relevant indicators that can be used for M&E of food and agriculture investments, and to show for which type of investments each type of indicator is most appropriate.

Link to the compendium: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6275e.pdf

See for other interesting background articles on Nu

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Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

NOW ONLINE: Social and Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC) for Nutrition Workshop REPORT

On 17 November the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture platform held a workshop on 'Social and Behavioral Change Communication for Nutrition'. This workshop was organized by EU/AgriProFocus together with the steering committee for the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Platform.

The report consists of an overview of different organizations (e.g. Alive & Thrive, PRIME and Agriteam) working on SBCC for Nutrition and the MoANR activities in this area.

If you are interested to include an SBCC component in your program/project, please scroll down towards the end of the report to find some interesting examples and exercises on how to develop an effective SBCC Message and a framework for SBCC.

Please click here to find the workshop report and the presentations.

nov
30

CIMMYT: Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Workshop

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  30 November 2016, All Day Event
  Getfam Hotel, Addis Ababa

CIMMYT organizes a one-day workshop on “Nutrition-sensitive agriculture: the role of zinc and agronomic biofortification to improve nutrition in Ethiopia,”.

This workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the Getfam Hotel, starting at 9:00 a.m.

The workshop has two objectives: (1) present key research results on potential of zinc agronomic biofortification in Ethiopia, and (2) conduct interactive sessions that will allow participants to contribute to the enrichment of the current understanding as well as guide the future direction of the project’s next phase. Your active participation is highly appreciated.

Register here.



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Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Webinar Recording Available

 Ag2Nut Webinar: Making Value Chains Work for Food and Nutrition Security


In the November 2016 Ag2Nut Call, Matthias Jäger, Markets and Value Chain Expert, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) / CGIAR, presented findings from a pilot project in Kenya and Uganda, aimed at improving the diets of vulnerable rural and urban consumers through increased consumption of more affordable, diverse, safe, and nutrient-dense processed bean-based food products, sourced from local farmer organizations and delivered by small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This project uses a Value Chain for Nutrition (VCN) approach, an innovative strategy that addresses nutrition problems by identifying opportunities where chain actors benefit from the marketing of agricultural products with higher nutritional value, focusing on those value chains that are most relevant to the poor, specifically women of reproductive age and children.


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Posted 4 months 4 weeks ago

Framer’s Training Manual on "Post Harvest Management of Sorghum, Groundnut and Rice"


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Posted 5 months 1 week ago

Brief Moment with:

Food Science & Nutrition Expert Melese Temesgen


"Many rural households in Ethiopia face food and nutrition insecurity not knowing that nutritious root crops are growing all around them"


Melese Temesgen is a PhD fellow of the Addis Ababa University in the area of Food Science & Nutrition. He has been involved in a variety of vital innovation projects, including the promotion of nutritious root crops and the reduction of post-harvest losses for tomatoes. Based on his expertise in these areas, he published more than 13 papers in different journals. Also, he is one of AgriProFocus most engaged and motivated members of the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture innovation community.


"Awareness creation is the key to increase the nutritional density of the diets of rural households"  


Read the full interview here.

Melese Temesgen Thank you Meskerem for the post that recognize my little works. I wish to contribute a lot for the introduction and promotion of nutrition sensitive agriculture in a wider areas of the country and every aspects of food and nutrition security in the future through hardworking and duty mindedness.

5 months 1 week ago

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Posted 5 months 1 week ago

NEW Interactive E-Learning Module on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture from FAO


>>>> Improving Nutrition through Agriculture and Food Systems <<<<</a>

This NEW module is designed to assist professionals from any fields related to agriculture and food systems that are involved in designing and implementing nutrition-sensitive policies and investments.


Other available FAO E-learning courses in this area are: 

- Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods: Basic concepts: short course on the basics of nutrition.

 - Agreeing on causes of malnutrition for joint action: A key resource to improve the understanding of the multi-sectoral causes of malnutrition and support integrated nutrition planning.

 - Gender in Food and Nutrition Security:  This course provides guidance on how to design and implement agriculture policies and programmes that are gender-responsive, sustainable, contributing to gender equality, and therefore able to improve food and nutrition security.

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Posted 5 months 1 week ago

NEW Interactive E-Learning Module on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture from FAO


>>>> Improving Nutrition through Agriculture and Food Systems <<<<</a>

This NEW module is designed to assist professionals from any fields related to agriculture and food systems that are involved in designing and implementing nutrition-sensitive policies and investments.


Other available FAO E-learning courses in this area are: 

- Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods: Basic concepts: short course on the basics of nutrition.

 - Agreeing on causes of malnutrition for joint action: A key resource to improve the understanding of the multi-sectoral causes of malnutrition and support integrated nutrition planning.

 - Gender in Food and Nutrition Security:  This course provides guidance on how to design and implement agriculture policies and programmes that are gender-responsive, sustainable, contributing to gender equality, and therefore able to improve food and nutrition security.

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Didier MUYIRAMYE Thanks Meskerem

5 months 1 week ago

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Posted 6 months 19 hours ago

  The FANTA Project is pleased to share with you the Guidelines for Integrating Nutrition into Agriculture Enterprise Mixes in Uganda. With support from FANTA, the Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries developed these guidelines to strengthen the contribution of agriculture extension and community mobilization to improving household food and nutrition security. Read the guidelines here:
http://www.fantaproject.org/tools/guidelines-integrating-nutrition-agriculture-enterprise-mixes-uganda

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Posted 6 months 2 days ago

IDEA COMPETITION - OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Information and initiatives for healthy eating!

This challenge is focused on innovations for information and initiatives for healthy eating. Submissions should consider social innovations in education to enhance the knowledge about diverse eating or increasing availability and access to foods.

The SEWOH Innovation Slam competition is looking for your innovation in agriculture. Every person or organisation is welcome to submit their idea. The winners will receive up to 120,000 ETB to implement their idea during one year.

How to apply: Participants apply by filling out the application form on: www.iceaddis.com/folio/innovationslam

Apply before: October 16th 2016

For questions, please email competitioniceaddis.com


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Posted 6 months 2 weeks ago

Food security is influenced by a variety of dynamics which together create the preconditions for sustainable food security:

  • Transformation of agriculture production systems,
  • The maintenance of an adequate enabling environment,
  • A food system in which production and consumption are balanced, a
  • A demand-driven food system

 Here is an update on the European Commission’s “Global Food Security 2030 foresight study”. You can read a summary here.

Credit: Joint Research Centre, European Commission. 

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Posted 6 months 2 weeks ago

Food security is influenced by a variety of dynamics which together create the preconditions for sustainable food security:

  • Transformation of agriculture production systems,
  • The maintenance of an adequate enabling environment,
  • A food system in which production and consumption are balanced, a
  • A demand-driven food system

 Here is an update on the European Commission’s “Global Food Security 2030 foresight study”. You can read a summary here.

Credit: Joint Research Centre, European Commission. 

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Posted 6 months 4 weeks ago

School Cows for Child Nutrition

Out of concern for the huge rates of malnutrition and stunting among school-aged children in Ethiopia, many of whom have no breakfast and empty lunchboxes, social entrepreneur Frealem Shibabaw decided to take action. Rather than buying milk for schoolkids as her friend suggested - that would be too expensive, and involve transportation, cool storage, etc - she decided to bring the cows to the schools: The cow herself serves as sterile storage and removes the need for refrigeration! If the cow is on site, the end users can reduce costs of care, and there is no issue of transportation.

Milk is a near-complete food, only lacking roughage and iron from all the key nutrients that the human body requires. It is a great boost to the nutrition of children. 

Read more about Frealem Shibabaw and her work and philosophy HERE.

It was fantastic to hear her speak in person at the Social Entrepreneurship forum launch yesterday, at the Swedish Embassy in Addis.

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Posted 7 months 1 week ago

The workshop on postharvest problems and solutions, including small scale food processing, was very successful. More than 40 professionals from Ethiopia and other countries ( New Zealand, Germany, Austria) actively contributed in the exchange of knowledge and information. There were many different stakeholders, from government, advisory services, development programmes, donor agencies, research and AGP technical committee.

The purpose was to learn from each other what is going on in Ethiopia in these important fields, so we can improve nutrition and food security. We learnt a.o. that there is a countrywide programme, led by Fetien Abey, Mekele. And we discussed how we can scale up the good practices we have seen, or apply them in our own projects and programmes.

Very good practices that need countrywide application are the making of flour from taro (with SACE in Wolaita) and making nutritious oil at and animal feed at household level from niger, sesame and other oil-seeds; al

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Anna Denis I like that one preserving tomato

7 months 6 days ago

Fikadu Reta Alemayehu making nutritious oil at and animal feed at household level from niger, sesame and other oil-seeds got lots of potential to be used by small businesses. The solar power for electricity is also highly needed in villages far from center in Ethiopia. I see opportunity for collaboration with SMEs. Thanks for organizing the event

7 months 5 days ago

Mekbib Hilegebrile Seife Thanks very much for sharing pertinent information of the event!

6 months 4 weeks ago

Alem Greiling Processing foods is fundamental to prevention of losses following harvest and to bridge the gap between seasons. It is also crucial to maximizing utilization of the harvest, particularly during droughts and periods of poor production. Processing of food, the industry supports the economy. Industry is the largest employer in the manufacturing sector, it is a major market for farmers and provides the staple finished products for consumers. Food industry supports in the availability of nutritious products.

5 months 2 weeks ago

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Posted 7 months 1 week ago

ONLINE SHORT COURSE ON NUTRITION-SENSITIVE AGRICULTURE (USAID)

For anyone who would like to know more about the relatively new concept of Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture, please click here to take a look at this short online course of USAID about Nutrition-Sensitive Agricultural Programming!

Didier MUYIRAMYE Thank you for sharing this @Meskerem

7 months 5 days ago

Mekbib Hilegebrile Seife Thanks very much @Meskerem for sharing the information!

6 months 4 weeks ago

PETER KOLAWOLE please how can I apply for this course

4 months 3 weeks ago

nov
24

Changing Food Systems in Africa

Event posted by in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
  24 November 2016 to 26 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

A three-day conference on changing food systems in Africa in the context of agro-ecology and nutrition. Presentations, plenary discussions, group work sessions and seed/food fairs organized by farmers’ groups.

Purpose of the Conference: To build knowledge and generate compelling narratives around agro-ecology as a genuine and holistic alternative to industrial food systems, and to strategically engage key stakeholders, including government actors, to support alternative food systems for better health and nutrition.

 The conference will discuss the following five thematic areas:

1. Food systems (production and process) and policies;

2. Ecological organic agriculture and African agriculture challenges (climate change adaptation, biodiversity, soil health, poverty reduction etc.);

3. Seed systems and food sovereignty;

4. Land access and rights, knowledge and investment capital for smallholder farmers;

5. Agriculture, nutrition and health.

ABSTRACTS: Please

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Posted 7 months 2 weeks ago

Riverside agriculture associated with disease threatens dietary diversity

Many of the urban vegetables supplied to consumers in Addis are grown on the banks of polluted rivers. It is no surprise that vegetables grown on the river banks are associated with water born disease.

Dietary diversity is already a big challenge in Ethiopia. The current “Atit” (acute diarrhea also recognized as cholera by some health professionals) outbreak has resulted in a massive public health awareness campaign to reduce infection through sanitation and care in vegetable consumption. This blogger is worried that associating vegetables with illness will further challenge work to increase dietary diversity. The long term solution to this challenge in healthy nutrition is to clean up our riparian habitats. Read more here.

"We are sick because our rivers are sick."

feb
21

National Nutrition and Food Industries Conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  21 February 2017 - 09:00 to 23 February 2017 - 06:00
  Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia

We are happy to announce that our School of Nutrition,Food Science and Technology of Hawassa University is organizing a Conference entitled ,”Capacity building ,employment and job creation for better Nutrition and Sustainable Development in Ethiopia”. The Conference is expect to bring together more than 100 top academic research, and development related institution from governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as food industries in Ethiopia.Thus,this would be a very good opportunity to promote your organization by supporting the initiative.

The specific themes of the conference are:-

  • Trends in Human Nutrition Training in Ethiopia:Strengths and gaps
  • Role of Associations and Network of professionals in Food and Nutrition Security in Ethiopia
  • Our Carriculums and Demand of Food industries in Ethiopia
  • Short term training for job creation, in-service capacity improvement and reduction of malnutrition in Ethiopia
  • Food safety and quality in Ethiopia: Key concerns and wa

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nov
14

Integrated Nutrition Conference 2016 Nairobi, Kenya

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  14 November 2016 to 16 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Nairobi

The  conference focuses on collaboration across sectors for optimal nutrition; the role of the private sector; partnership models and the reduction of under-nutrition in developing countries, policies. 

The conference is organised by Catholic Relief Services. Please find the preliminary programme HERE

Registration for INC2016 is now open.Early Bird Registration closes on August 31, 2016

To register for the conference visit, http://integratednutritionconference.crs.org/register

For logistical information including hotel accommodations, visa invitation letters, and local transport, please visit http://integratednutritionconference.crs.org/logistics