Ethiopia formally launches country’s first Food and Nutrition Policy

Ethiopia’s State Minister for Health, Dr. Lia Tadesse, speaks at the launch of Ethiopia’s Food and Nutrition Policy.

Ethiopia has formally launched the country’s first Food and Nutrition Policy with the support of multiple partners, including Alive & Thrive (A&T).

More than 400 participants attended the launch including three State Ministers (Health, Agriculture, and Women, Children & Youth Affairs), heads and representatives of donors and UN agencies, representatives from federal ministries and regional bureaus of all NNP implementing sectors, professional associations, ECSC-SUN coalition partner organizations, academic and research institutions and representatives of the private sector.

In an opening address, Dr. Lia Tadesse, the State Minister of Health, acknowledged the support of individuals and organizations for the launch and highlighted efforts that have been made to improve food and nutrition security in the country. She also said the Policy will ensure allocation of adequate budget from the government’s treasury, increase accountability and responsibility of actors, and help establish the Food and Nutrition Council for improved political commitment. A&T Senior MIYCN Advisor Birara Melese, who is embedded at the Federal Ministry of Health, presented the Food and Nutrition Landscape of Ethiopia. Prior to the launch, A&T held a workshop for journalists to familiarize them with the nutrition policy and its implications for MIYCN.