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.
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.
The expected results for the program include:
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