Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU): Dietary diversity and nutritional status in women and children in rural farming households in Ethiopia and Tanzania

Most agricultural development programs have tended to focus on increasing the production and productivity of staple foods rather than nutrition. Therefore, agricultural development initiatives must incorporate nutrition-sensitive interventions (NSIs), and ensure consumption of diverse diets with essential proteins, minerals and vitamins and sufficient caloric intake. Also, there is little direct evidence linking agricultural programs and nutrition outcomes. The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network(FANRPAN) and partners are implementing the Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU) Project to answer the question of what agriculture programs can do to deliver positive nutrition outcomes. ATONU project is working with the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) Project being implemented by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Ethiopia and Tanzania, as pilot projects. The objective of ACGG is to increase productivity and production of chickens by smallholder farmers through the introduction of improved and adapted genetics.