This project aims to improve maternal, infant and child nutrition, reduce stunting of children under the age of five, and improve the nutritional status of pregnant women. Canada’s support would directly benefit 85,500 people including boys, girls, men, women, local authorities and community leaders. Despite recent progress, malnutrition remains a serious problem in Ethiopia, and many children and women do not regularly have enough nutritious food to keep them healthy. Activities include: (1) providing training on infant and young children’s feeding practices, distributing material on proper nutrition as well as good water and sanitation practices; (2) supporting the development of school and household fruit and vegetable gardens; (3) increasing access to water through the mapping of existing water points and support for repair and maintenance; and (4) training on the importance of gender equality in order to achieve nutrition improvements.
The expected intermediate outcomes for this project includes: (1) improved maternal, infant and child nutrition and care giving practices by women of reproductive age and caregivers of under-5 boys and girls; (2) improved nutrition-sensitive practices including hygiene, sanitation and water management for both domestic and productive uses; and (3) strengthened management of Government of Ethiopia gender-sensitive nutrition programs and approaches at the federal and local levels.