Country government

Ethiopia

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress

Assessment

Financial commitments
London 2013

Allocate domestic financing of US$15 million per year to nutrition to 2020.

Reported progress

Following the endorsement of the Food and Nutrition Policy and finalization of the Food and Nutrition Strategy the government of Ethiopia allocated US$5.5 million for the first 1,000 days plus nutrition and nutrition supplies procurment. The Federal Government has allocated US$13.2 million (460 million ETB) from its treasury budget for Seqota Declaration. Equivalent commitment has been made by the regional governments where Seqota Declaration is operational.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

Reported progress shows that the total amount allocated (US$ 18.7 million) exceeds the target of US$15 million

Impact commitments
London 2013

Reduce stunting by 20% and underweight by 15% by 2020.

Reported progress

During the National Nutrition Program (NNP-II) implementation periord from 2016-2020 national stunting prevalence was reduced from 38% to 37.5%; wasting from 10% to 7%, underweight from 24% to 21% (2016-2019); NNP-II implmentaion completed Endline survey on going; SURE* coverage survey for 50 woredas shows significant improvement in child feeding practices; MAD from 3% to 13%.

According to the Seqota Declaration Innovation Phase (2018-June 2021) impact study conducted jointly with John Hopkins University:

- The prevalence of stunting in Amhara region Seqota Declaration woredas reduced from 51.01% to 43.06% (7.9% reduction or 15.5% relative decrease).

- In Tigray, it has been reduced from 39.7%t to 32.3% (6.7% reduction or 18.5% reduction).

- In both regions, more than 1,031 children were prevented from death and and 109,831 children under the age of 5 were averted from stunting, according to the study.

Assessment
Off course
Basis of assessment

Assuming a linear rate of reduction, both the reported reduction in stunting prevalence (1.5%) and the reported reduction in underweight prevalence (3%) are lower than the required rate of reduction to reach this target on schedule.

Policy commitments
London 2013

Build on the existing multi-sectoral coordination system to accelerate the scaling up of proven nutrition interventions.

Reported progress

Following the endorsment of the Food and Nutrition Policy of Ethiopia the Government developed and endorsed the Food and Nutrition Strategy for the coming 10 years. The government has included nutrition as one of its priority area in the 10 years development plan which charted the path towards prosperity. Food and nutrition implementing sectors 10 years strategic plan mainstreamed food and nurition. To ensure the accountability and multisectoral nutrition coordination the Food and Nutrition Council and Agency estabilishment proclamation was developed and submitted to the OPM for their approval.

The Government of Ethiopia undertook four Dialogues towards food system trasformation where game changing solutions were identified that directly contribute to production and productivity to imrove availability, accessibility and utilzation of nutrient dense diets/foods resulting in improved cosumption by all. Seqota Declaration is one of the 22 game changing solutions prioritized to transform the Ethiopian food system.

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

Reported progress suggests commitment is on course

Program commitments
London 2013

Build on the existing multi-sectoral coordination system to accelerate the scaling up of proven nutrition interventions.

Reported progress

The costed Food and Nutrition Strategy has been approved. The government has approved the Seqota Declaration Expansion Phase to 200 high stunting-prevalent woredas (districts). Sector food- and nutrition-sensitive strategic plans have been endorsed; Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP-IV); Antenatal care guidelines have been developed. The NNP II final evaluation and the baseline for the Food and Nutrition Strategy is being undertaken.

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

Reported progress suggests commitment is on course