National Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Training Manual for Agricultural Development Agents
Agriculture is the major source of food, employment and income for the majority of Ethiopians. Families living in rural areas derive means of their daily lives from direct involvement in agricultural activities. Understanding this, the government of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has developed a comprehensive Rural Development Policy and Strategy and implemented it through successive development plans for the past 15 years. Food and nutrition security have always been a challenge and are among the development targets of the five-year Second Growth and Transformation Plan, GTP-II. Hence, agricultural development does not only focus on increasing production but also creating access and means of improving food and nutrition security. The food that we eat needs to be in adequate quantities, safe and nutritionally diverse. In addition, there is also the apparent need to improve access to clean and safe water and health services together with women empowerment interventions.