Growth through Nutrition

Save the Children leads the implementation of Growth through Nutrition, United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) flagship five-year (2016-2021) multi-sector nutrition and WASH project, which aims to improve the nutritional status of women, young children, and adolescents in its four operational regions of Ethiopia. The project focuses on the first 1,000 days, from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday, recognized as the critical window of opportunity for a child’s growth and development.

The project will achieve its objective by delivering nutrition sensitive livelihoods and agriculture activities; social and behavior change communication (SBCC) on nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and agriculture-related behaviors; utilization of quality nutrition services; utilization of WASH products and services; and, multi-sector coordination and capacity to implement the National Nutrition Program (NNP) and One WASH National Program (OWNP). The project also implements cross-cutting activities, including gender and women’s empowerment, a rigorous learning agenda, convergence and overlay of multi-sector activities, and a crisis modifier to respond to the needs of vulnerable households in times of crises.

Project Profile

Goal: To improve the nutritional status of women and children, with a focus on the first 1000 days.

Specific objective: To reduce stunting by 20% in the project’s operational areas:  Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, and SNNP Regions.

Intervention area: 80 food-secure (Agriculture Growth Program) and 20 food-insecure woredas in Amhara (29), Oromia (36), SNNP (26), and Tigray Regions (9). Click here to see the map.


Duration: September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2021

Total Budget: 72.9 million USD

Estimated number of beneficiaries: Over 1 million pregnant women and children under two and 28,500 most vulnerable households.

  • Frontline workers: Health and Agriculture frontline workers, and WASH committees.
  • Institutions: Farmer Training Centers, Agriculture offices, WASH offices, WASH businesses, Primary Health Care units, Woreda Health offices, and Pre-service Education institutions.

Implementing partners: Save the Children leads the implementation in partnership with World Vision, Jhpiego, Population Services International, Land O’ Lakes International Development, Tufts University, The Manoff Group, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church-Development Association, Fayyaa Integrated Development Organization, and The Ethiopian Muslims’ Relief and Development Association.

Government partners: Ministries of Health; Education; Water, Irrigation, and Energy; Agriculture and Natural Resources and Livestock and Fisheries.


Increase access to diverse, safe, and quality foods through the promotion of productive varieties of vegetables, fruits, crops, and small livestock; improved use of inputs and cultivation practices; food safety and quality; and postharvest handling.

Implement innovative and intensive SBCC to promote maternal, adolescent, and child nutrition by increasing the adoption of optimal gender sensitive nutrition, WASH, and agriculture behaviors with a focus on the first 1000 days.

Ensure the provision of quality nutrition services to households by establishing quality improvement mechanisms and nutrition data utilization at health facilities and within communities.

Create individual and institutional capacity to implement the National Nutrition Program and One WASH National Program; ensure multi-sector coordination; and build the capacity of Pre-service Education Institutions.

Improve access to safe drinking water through the provision of new and rehabilitated water points, and increased access to, and utilization of, WASH products and services through the private sector.

Cross Cutting: Meal and Evaluation, Gender, Learning, Sustainable Approaches, Layering and Convergence, Crisis Modifier.

For further information, please check the project brochure and the resource center.

Daniel Abbott, Chief of Party, Email:, P.O. Box: 387, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tel: +251 113 710 958, Fax: +251 113 728 445