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Ethiopia launches National Food and Nutrition Policy

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Addis Ababa, March 16, 2019 (FBC) –Ethiopia today launched a National Food and Nutrition Policy that was approved by the Council of Ministers last November.

The policy, which is believed to play a major role towards addressing the country’s nutrition challenges, aims at preventing 5.2 million children from stunting.

The policy also focuses on complimentary feeding at all age levels, it was noted at an event organized today in Adama city, Oromia regional state, to announce the official launching of the policy.

Lia Tadesse, State Minister of Health, said on the occasion that the country has also been implementing various schemes, including a school-feeding program to fight stunting and other nutrition related challenges.

It is to be recalled that the Ethiopian Government unveiled a national nutrition program called ‘Sekota Declaration’ in July 2015 to end stunting in children under two years by 2030.

The ‘Sekota Declaration’ has a-15 year road map that provides strategic guidance to be executed in three phases namely innovation, expansion, and scale up phases.