A team of seven delegates from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) including Ms. Kali Matalon (U.S. Senate Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee (SACFO) Minority Committee Staffer), Ms. Dorothy Rayburn (USAID, Legislative Affairs, Senate Appropriations), and Leslie Reed (USAID/Ethiopia Mission Director) visited an Empowering New Generations to Improve Nutrition and Economic opportunities (ENGINE) project site to evaluate the implementation status and impact of the Growth through Nutrition Activity on October 11, 2017.
Growth through Nutrition, the five-year follow on project to ENGINE, is funded by USAID’s Feed the Future project and led by Save the Children. Jhpiego is supporting the pre-service education component of the initiative, working with 19 higher education institutions to improve the quality of nutrition and WASH education for health, agriculture, nutrition, and water technology professionals.
The delegates visited the Academic Center of Excellence for Nutrition (ACEN) at Hawassa University and met with university management to discuss the successes, challenges, and future of their partnership. The team also visited the nutrition skills laboratory which was renovated with the support of the ENGINE project.
The visiting team was able to see and taste the product of the center’s research— enhanced traditional foods such as Injera, a staple for most Ethiopians, and a vegetarian sauce formulated by Dr. Kebede Abegaz, a researcher from the School of Nutrition and Food Science.