Agriculture extension agents are a valuable source of information and expertise for many small-scale farmers across the globe. As global understanding builds around the linkages between agriculture and nutrition, many implementing partners have integrated activities promoting nutrition into agriculture extension programming in several Feed the Future countries. This was SPRING and the Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project’s second of a two-part webinar series exploring these efforts in Malawi and Ethiopia.
Building on the previous event that highlighted MEAS’s assessment of agricultural extension, nutrition education, and integrated agriculture-nutrition programs and systems in Malawi, the second event examined SPRING’s recent assignment in Ethiopia to document the experiences and coordination among three Feed the Future partners. USAID ENGINE, AGP-AMDe and PRIME have utilized in various ways community-level and public extension agriculture Development Agents (DAs) to deliver nutrition social and behavior change messages and interventions. SPRING’s Social and Behavior Change Advisor, Ashley Aakesson, discussed the processes, challenges, successes, and lessons learned from the perspectives of project staff, government staff including DAs, and community members, and the ways that current programming and coordination could be adjusted to improve nutrition outcomes. Mary Harvey, Nutrition Coordinator at the Ethiopia Mission, Economic Growth and Transformation Office, served as respondent as part of the presentation.