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Regional workshop on Integrating Nutrition and Food Security Programming - Horn of Africa

From 24/02/2014 To 01/03/2014
Location: Nairobi

The Regional Training Workshop (25-27 Feb. 2014) and Training of Trainers session (24 Feb.-1 Mar 2014) has built the capacity of humanitarian field practitioners on how to better integrate nutrition and food security programming. This event was an opportunity to strengthen skills in needs assessment design, implementation and M&E of integrated nutrition and food security interventions, and to share experience on successful (and less successful) practices in the region for a diversity of food security interventions (agriculture, cash, livestock, etc.).

The Training of Trainers session developed a pool of regional facilitators able to support aid agencies in integrating nutrition in food security programming in order to maximize the nutritional benefits of emergency and resilience building interventions in the Horn of Africa.

The event was an opportunity to gather nutrition and food security professionals working in emergency and resilience-building programming in the region and in the following four countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan). 

The workshop report is now available here. Below you will find a list of presentations and materials produced during the Workshop, organised per session.


Session 1 “ Setting the scene”
: This section looks at what participants from different backgrounds already know about food security and nutrition, and provides basic knowledge of the concepts. It allows participants to identify what the obstacles for better nutrition-sensitive programming are.
Agreeing on the concepts for Nutrition and Food Security - ICRC
BAsic concepts for accountability - FAO
Group exercise: What are the obstacles/barriers for more nutrition-sensitive programming?


Session 2 “Situation analysis”
: This session helps better understand the principal causal pathways of malnutrition and how they are related to people’s livelihoods, and identify what are the information and data sources required (and potential information gap) for a comprehensive analysis of the nutrition situation and of the causes of malnutrition. This section also allows participants to share experiences on methodologies and joint process for comprehensive assessment.
Food Security Indicators - WFP
Integrated Food Security and Nutrition Assessment and Analysis - FAO/FSNAU
Joint Approach in Nutrition and Food Security Assessment -  WFP
Livelihoods in the Horn of Africa - FAO


Session 3 “Response analysis and project design”
: The objectives of this session are to understand how professional from different sectors and institutions can contribute to achieve common nutrition outcomes and to learn from and discuss examples of activities and programme to integrate nutrition and food security.

Parallel session – Sharing of lessons learnt on integrated interventions
Resilience building project in Wolaita zone, Ethiopia - IMC-Ethiopia
Improving nutrition outcomes through linking HiNi beneficiaries to FSL interventions - Action contre la faim-Kenya
Magarini integrated livelihood project - Kenya Red Cross & Finnish Red Cross
A call for action to eradicate hunger - Njaa Marufuku Kenya
Integrating Nutrition and Food Security - World Vision Kenya
Food security and livelihood diversification project - Zoa International South Sudan


Session 4 “Monitoring and evaluating nutritional outcomes”
: This section clarifies the concepts of monitoring and evaluation and allows participants to discuss and learn on how to define indicators to measure the nutrition outcomes of interventions along the result chain (process/output/outcome/impact).
Monitoring and Evaluation: what, why and how?
How to measure the nutritional outcomes of food security programmes


Session 5 “Next steps”
: Participants, grouped per country, look back at the ground that has been covered during the workshop and prepare how they will apply what was discussed to their country. They work on country action plan taking on board recommendations coming out from the workshop and identifying key opportunities and challenges to better integrate Nutrition and Food Security programming (including required resources and possible constraints).
- Next steps - Ethiopia
- Next steps - Kenya
- Next steps - Somalia
- Next steps - South-Sudan
- Next steps - Regional group