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Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU)
24 August 2017


The Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU): Improving Nutrition Outcomes Through Optimized Agricultural Investments Project, led by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), aims to develop, implement, and evaluate nutrition-sensitive interventions (NSIs) within the context of existing smallholder farming households.The goal of this project is to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age and young children, particularly in the first 1,000 days of life. The project will answer the question of what agriculture projects and programs can do to deliver positivenutrition outcomes.

As a Proof of Concept, ATONU is implementing a package of nutrition-sensitive interventions in Ethiopia and Tanzania in collaboration with the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) Program, led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). ACGG and ATONU are implementing two interventions, namely, (1) the distribution of high-producing and adapted chicken genotypes to poultry producing households ("ACGG"); and (2) a behavior change communication (BCC) intervention on poultry-specific aspects of nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), women's empowerment, and use of house hold income combined with home gardening ("ATONU"). ACGG aims to improve the production and productivity of chickens kept by smallholder households by introducing improved and tropically adapted genotypes. The ATONU interventions are embedded within the ACGG Project, and are being implemented in four regions of Ethiopia, namely Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples; Region (SNNPR); and three zones of Tanzania, comprising Eastern, Central and Southern Highlands..

Purpose of the Webinar

It is vital for a project like ATONU to share results with the aim to building collaborations and stimulating cross-fertilization. Against this backdrop, ATONU is hosting a webinar to share the baseline results of and get feedback on its NSIs impact evaluation studies. This is to avoid monopoly on knowledge and its possession. The webinar will share and get feedback from agriculture-nutrition practitioners on the descriptive findings from baseline surveys from Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Expected Outcomes

  1. Improved understanding of impact study design and methodology of the ATONU of nutrition-sensitive interventions assessment.
  2. Results of baseline studies in Ethiopia and Tanzania shared with other agriculture-nutrition practitioners and feedback provided.

Who Should Attend?

The participants will be the Agriculture-Nutrition Community of Practice (Ag2Nut CoP), research and development practitioners,
thought leaders in agriculture-nutrition, policy makers and other agricultural value chain actors.

Structure of the Side Event

The one-hour webinar event will comprise brief presentations by lead discussants, followed by a general discussion and question
and answer session.


Prof Simbarashe Sibanda
Managing Director: Agriculture to Nutrition Initiative - ATONU


Prof Joyce Ludovick Kinabo
Professor of Human Nutrition, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania

Nilupa S. Gunaratna, MS, PhD
Researcher at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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