ATONU has developed four frameworks that (1) identify country readiness for nutrition-sensitive agriculture; (2) tests project suitability for integrating nutrition-sensitive interventions; (3) identifies possible nutrition-sensitive interventions; and (4) guides the design of the impact evaluation of nutrition-sensitive interventions. The four frameworks are available for use by partners for the development of agriculture-nutrition interventions for planned and on-going agricultural programs.
ATONU Pilot Projects
ATONU, in partnership with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), has embarked on the development of nutrition-sensitive interventions to complement agricultural investments and help enhance nutrition outcomes in Ethiopia and Tanzania through the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG). The goal of the ACGG Project is to increase access of poor smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa to high-producing but agro-ecologically appropriate chicken genetic products. The ATONU nutrition-sensitive interventions are:
- Nutrition and hygiene behavioral change communication to improve consumption of diverse foods, including chickens and eggs at household level.
- Gender equity in chicken value chains to improve women’s participation in joint household production and income expenditure decisions to improve diets.
- Household vegetable production to improve consumption of vegetables and dietary diversity.
- Assess the impact of introducing chickens in an agricultural system as a nutrition-sensitive intervention.