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. 


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Posted 1 February 2018 at 04:06

AgriProFocus Ethiopia Supported EKN in Promoting Healthy and Nutritious Diets

The Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, held a family day on 27 January 2018 for its staff members and their families. Next to a lot of sport and fun activities for young and old, the EKN asked AgriProFocus Ethiopia to organize an interactive session to promote ‘healthy and nutritious diets’.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia provided an 1-hour-long knowledge exchange session on how to make healthy food choices for yourself and for your household. For this interactive knowledge sharing session,  AgriProFocus Ethiopia worked together with one of its network members called Sara Antonio, who is a professional nutritionist.

The session started with a clear explanation of the food pyramid. The best way to understand what is exactly a healthy and balanced diet is to use this food pyramid as a guide. This food pyramid shows 7 layers of 7 different food groups. On each layer, we have

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feb
16

Public Seminar: The Potential of Value Chains for Nutrition

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  16 February 2018, All Day Event
  Azzeman Hotel (Bole Area), Addis Ababa

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform, NWO-WOTRO and AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in close collaboration with IFPRI and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are organizing the public seminar “The potential of value chains for nutrition: Knowledge exchange for better informed policies and practices” on Friday 16 February 2018 in Azzeman Hotel, in Addis Ababa.

The public seminar will focus on the potential of nutrition-sensitive value chain interventions for improved nutritional intake in Ethiopia. Experts working with and in Ethiopian food value chains from policy, practice and research will be invited to exchange with Applied Research Fund projects (third Call) from Africa, Asia and the Netherlands that will be in Addis Ababa for their kick-off workshop that week.

The seminar will look at how knowledge co-creation, sharing and research uptake throughout the food value chain can be improved in order to contribute to Food and Nutrition Security. Please download the 2-page background document e

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aug
18

International Nutrition Conference

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  18 August 2018, All Day Event
  Hawassa University in Hawassa Town

Academic Center of Excellence organizes first International Nutrition Conference


Proposed Themes are:

1. Partnership for Long and Short term Training

2. Global Food Safety Concerns and ways forward 

3. Food Fortification: experiences and ways forward

4. School feeding for better Nutrition, to support education and local economy

5. Trends in improving health and nutrition in developing countries

6. Food and Nutrition small enterprises to minimize Youth unemployment 

7. Food Systems, Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Linkages

8. Under-utilized crops for Nutrition Security


The Conference will be held in Hawassa Town, Ethiopia, on 18 August 2018

The major aims in hosting the Conference is to share experiences by working together during preparation for the conference and in the future.

The Academic center is looking for collaboration with your organization to co-host the Conference

Maybe there are other themes that they might consider to include?

As we all know, hosting an International Conference

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Posted 10 August 2017 at 09:11

REPORT: Homegardens for Better Nutrition Event at the EU

As part of the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture platform facilitated by AgriProFocus and the EU, four workshops have been organized in 2016. The first workshop of 2017, held on May 31st , addressed the issue of homegardens for better nutrition. Different guest speakers, Mekonnen from CRS, Medhanit from FHI360 and Mesfin from Send A Cow presented about different type of homegardens (e.g. permagardening, keyhole gardening etc.) and about the nutritional benefit for rural households to combine homegardening with livestock rearing. In addition, Mestawet from AKLDP/Tufts University was a special guests as she is responsible for the Ethiopian Home Gardens Networkand for the provision of permagardening (ToT) training. 

Please find the workshop report attached. 



Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa Hi ,The link to the report is not active.

6 months 1 week ago

Meskerem Niesette Ritmeester Dear Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa, Sorry for the delay. I had a little trouble uploading this report, but here it is. Enjoy reading! 

5 months 3 weeks ago

Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa Thanks Meskerem.

5 months 3 weeks ago

may
31

Workshop: Nutrition-Sensitive Ag. through Homegardening

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  31 May 2017, All Day Event
  EU Delegation (Across the street from Desalegn Hotel), Addis Ababa

The EU/AgriProFocus Innovation Community on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture invites you to the first workshop of this year to discuss the topic of homegardens. This first workshop will be organized in collaboration with the Homegardens Network. In the morning, we have different guest speakers talking about their experiences with homegarden projects and how homegardens can contribute to better nutrition while also talking about the success and failures in their implementations. Working group discussions will be held in the afternoon to exchange knowledge, best practices and challenges regarding homegardening and its impact on nutrition.

This full-day workshop will be held at the EU Delegation, on Wednesday 31 May from 9AM-4PM.

Since space is limited, we will allocate space for interested people on a first come, first serve basis.

If you would like to participate, please register with Ms. Ursula Truebswasser, utruebswasser@gmail.com, or with Mr. Pierre-Luc Van Haeverbeke, pierre-luc.vanhae

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dec
29

2nd Int. Conference: Advancing Food & Nutrition in Africa

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  29 December 2017 to 31 December 2017 - All Day Event
  Jijiga city, Somali Region, Ethiopia

Jijiga University of Ethiopia is planning to organize the 2nd International conference on “Narrowing the disparity Gaps among marginalized population in Africa”: Advancing Food and nutrition in Africa. Tentatively the conferences will be held on the coming Dec 29-31, 2017 at Jijiga city of Somali regional state, Ethiopia.

In this event the following sub-themes are selected for the scientific scholars to deliver their speech and share their research findings and show policy direction. Sub themes and the specific themes will be as follows:

1. Food Security:

• Food insecurity among marginalized population in Africa

• Factors contributing food insecurity in Africa

• Climate stress and food security in Africa

2. Evidence based interventions of the food and nutrition worldwide:

• Safety net and emergency interventions (Positive and negative aspects)

• Agricultural interventions, what works and does not work?

• Social and Cultural aspects in implem

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Posted 28 March 2017 at 01:39

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 improve

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Posted 13 March 2017 at 10:28

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 Nutrition

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 15 December 2016 at 01:10

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 23 November 2016 at 07:28

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.


Please click here to access the

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Posted 31 October 2016 at 06:06

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


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Posted 21 October 2016 at 09:42

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.

1 year 4 months ago

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Posted 19 October 2016 at 07:57

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 By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 19 October 2016 at 06:55

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

1 year 4 months ago

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Posted 30 September 2016 at 01:34

  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 28 September 2016 at 02:54

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 13 September 2016 at 09:37

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. 

Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 13 September 2016 at 09:03

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. 

Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 2 September 2016 at 10:33

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.

 &nbs

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