The Civic Engagement Alliance in Ethiopia focuses on social transformation through strengthening civil society, based on participatory research and capacity building for lobby and advocacy. Two themes were selected. The first is related to food and nutrition security and the second one is economic empowerment of smallholder farmers.

The food and nutrition security component of the program in Ethiopia builds on the so-called self-help group (SHG) movement. The interventions are concentrated in five food insecure Woredas in Central and Southern Ethiopia, aiming to strengthen the movement to engage in evidence-based dialogue with duty bearers to improve food and nutrition security in the area.

In order to produce and validate evidence, participatory research trajectories were designed and conducted following the baseline study. Between November 2016 and February 2017, the partnership applied innovative research to gather information on the food and nutrition security situation among rural households with particular focus on youth, women and persons with disabilities. For 2019 a follow-up participatory research is again scheduled to deepen insights and identify effects of interventions.

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