Action - Empowering New Generations in Improved Nutrition and Economic Opportunities (ENGINE) - Promotion of household food security - Infants and young children|Women of reproductive age (WRA)

Programme: Empowering New Generations in Improved Nutrition and Economic Opportunities (ENGINE)

Programme description

ENGINE is a five year integrated nutrition program, which builds upon the GoE’s initiatives and renewed commitment to nutrition as well as the U.S. Government’s Global Health and Feed the Future Initiatives. ENGINE supports the implementation of the National Nutrition Program and will work to strengthen multi-sectoral coordination; build capacity at the policy and implementation levels and for pre-service education and training; support large-scale behavior change communication for nutrition; link nutrition, livelihoods and food security interventions; and integrate health and nutrition with private-public partnerships. ENGINE’s innovative interventions, including a robust learning agenda, will support and guide effective nutrition policy and practices to reduce undernutrition. Furthermore, the program will contribute to the Agriculture Growth Program as articulated in Ethiopia’s Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Plan (CAADP) by strengthening nutrition components.

In addition to the Feed the Future Initiative, funding from the Global Health Initiative includes support from the President’s Emergency Program for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). ENGINE will operate in 100 woredas (zones) also targeted by the Agricultural Growth Program and supported by Feed the Future in the Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray regions, as well as at the national level.

Programme type



$50.8 million USD



Start date:


End date:

100 woredas (zones) in the Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray regions
Target group: 
Infants and young children
Women of reproductive age (WRA)
Implementation details : 

ENGINE’s core initiative is to prevent under nutrition by focusing on social behavior change, including linkages to livelihood and economic opportunities. The program strengthens linkages between agriculture, food security and nutrition by working in the same geographic zones as new Feed the Future agriculture and food security programs. In addition, it consolidates prior USAID investments in nutrition to ensure a coordinated response that meets the requirements of both the GHI and FtF.

ENGINE also works to expand USAID investments and technical leadership in providing nutrition support through a continuum of care, especially at the community level. By strengthening the quality and availability of nutrition services, as well as promoting nutrition education, the program aims to establish nutrition as an important issue within Government of Ethiopia ministries and throughout the country.

Target population size : 
3.1 million under five children, half a million pregnant and lactating women, 3.2 million women of reproductive age, 2.7 million households
Outcome indicator(s): 

The expected results for the program include:

  • Capacity for and institutionalization of nutrition programs and policies strengthened
  • Quality and delivery of nutrition and health care services improved
  • Prevention of undernutrition through community-based nutrition care practices improved
  • Rigorous and innovative learning agenda adopted
Outcome reported by social determinants: 
Vulnerable groups
Socio-economic status


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