Nutrition-sensitive agricultural service becomes accessible

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The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) and Save the Children in Ethiopia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to use the 8028 Farmers’ Hotline in order to deliver nutrition-sensitive agricultural messages.
The duo has agreed to utilize the Interactive Voice Response/Short Message Service (IVR/SMS) to farmers for advice on nutrition-sensitive agriculture.
“Even if nutrition is a clear human health issue it also has a direct relationship with the farmers and the agriculture directly,” said Kalidbomba. “The success of the hotline in this short period of time is derived by the high demand of the farmers to access helpful information.”
“It is a smart and timely information dissemination tool which is enabled by this partnership with ATA,” said Ekin Ogutogullari, Country Director of Save the Children in Ethiopia. “It helps us avoid duplication of efforts and wisely use available resources and it will contribute to the dietary consumption behavior improvement of farmers.”
The USAID funded Growth through Nutrition (GTN) program is implemented by Save the Children in Ethiopia and works to strengthen Ethiopia’s institutions, systems, and human capacity to improve nutrition and significantly reduce stunting.