Agriculture to Nutrition (ANTONU): Evaluation of Integrated Agriculture and Nutrition-Sensitive Interventions for the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) Program in Ethiopia - Baseline Data

This project aims to develop, implement, and evaluate nutrition-sensitive interventions within the context of existing smallholder farming households with the goal of improving the nutritional status of women of reproductive age and young children, particularly in the first 1,000 days of life. A cluster-randomized study design is evaluating the effect of the ATONU and ACGG interventions on the primary outcome of dietary diversity among women of reproductive age living in small poultry producer households. Secondarily, the study will also examine the effect of the interventions on women’s and young children’s nutritional and anemia status. Overall, the study population for this evaluation—rural, chicken-producing smallholders in Ethiopia’s four main regions—are vulnerable households with high food insecurity and high prevalence of poor nutritional outcomes among women of reproductive age and young children. These outcomes are the target of the ACGG and ATONU interventions, and the findings presented in this report will serve as the baseline to evaluate these interventions.