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Feed the Future Ethiopia Community Nutrition Activity

Summary Report for USAID/Ethiopia Industry Days

Industry Days:

Industry Day 1, Elilly Hotel, Addis Ababa, October 14,2022

Industry Day 2, Central Hawassa Hotel, Hawassa, October 19,2022

Industry Day 3, Delano Hotel and Spa, Bahirdar, October 31,2022

Presentation Shared on Industry Days: Annex 1

Summary of Participants:

Addis Ababa: A total of 75 participants (63 in-person and 12 virtual). 31
from international partners, 44 from local organizations (25 from local
NGOs and CSOs, 3 from academic institutions, 3 from professional
associations, and 13 from the private sector).

Hawassa: A total of 30 participants (27 in-person and 3 virtual). 7 from
international partners, and 23 from local organizations (17 from local
NGOs and CSOs, 3 from academic institutions, 1 from professional
association, 1 from the private sector and 1 from other organization types).

Bahir Dar: A total of 34 participants (22 in-person and 12 virtual). 16

from international partners and 18 from local organizations (14 from local
NGOs and CSOs, and 4 from the private sector).

List of Organizations Attended: Annex 2

Questions and Answers

(Note: In case of any conflicts between the answers provided during Industry Days and those
provided herein, the answers provided herein govern.)

Q1. What is expected from this specific activity in layering and sequencing?

USAID Response: This activity will be layered in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence
(FTF ZOI) with Feed the Future Ethiopia Food and Agriculture System Transformation
(FAST) activity, which will focus more on nutrition sensitive approaches while this activity
will focus on the nutrition specific approaches. It will have technical linkages with several
other activities, the details of which are described in the NOFO.

Q2. Is the WASH activity going to launch with the nutrition activity?

USAID Response: No, this activity will not launch with a WASH activity.

Q3. Is it possible to prepare WASH projects or food security or livelihood projects for this
nutrition sensitive framework?

USAID Response: No, this activity will not have substantial focus on nutrition sensitive
interventions, rather coordinate with FAST and other activities for multisectoral approach.
Please monitor grants.gov for opportunities in the areas of WASH and nutrition sensitive
approaches.

Q4. Is food security activity included in the project?

USAID Response: We are intentionally layering this activity with FAST activity that will
work on food security. This activity will have more emphasis on public health nutrition.

Q5. Will this activity have components of quality assurance of food products?

USAID Response: There will be no such component in this activity. This will be a public
health nutrition activity with a focus on the community level.

Q6. Does the activity include supplementation or therapeutic feeding programs?

USAID Response: This activity will not directly provide micronutrient supplementations and
therapeutic feeding but will support capacity strengthening of the health system for such
interventions.

Q7. What are the services regarding nutrition specific direct support? Are nutrition sensitive
agriculture and WASH included?

USAID Response: The activity will support all public health nutrition services including
social and behavior change (SBC) approaches. There will be no nutrition sensitive
agricultural component, but it will have WASH SBC.

Q8. Is this project only focusing on under-five children or does it also include school feeding
program?

USAID Response: This activity will not support school feeding program. The activitys
primary target will be up to five years for children.

Q9. Nutrition is affected by gender. So, regarding gender, where is the focus in this activity?

USAID Response: This activity will have a very strong gender focus and appropriate
interventions based on evidence. Appropriate nutritional practices such as feeding and care
practices, care during pregnancy and health seeking behavior are significantly influenced by
gender dynamics in the families/communities, and therefore it is of enormous importance.

Q10. Is there anything this activity thinks about social marketing?

USAID Response: The applicants can propose social marketing for this activity if they
consider it as a useful intervention that will be able to help in achieving the intended results.
USAID has supported different activities with social marketing component in other countries
that were successful. NGOs and the private sector can propose social marketing interventions
under the sub-IR 2.4.

Q11. In Ethiopia the food price is very high. Do you believe that this activity/project will
have a role in reducing food prices?

USAID Response: No, it is not within the scope of this activity. We have other USAID
funded activities, which focus on economic growth that may have some role in supporting the
government in addressing the food price issue, but this specific activity will have no role in it.

Q12. Is the 70 million budget for a cooperative agreement?

USAID Response: Yes, please refer to the NOFO for more details.

Q13. Can USAID please confirm the intended mechanism for the Community Nutrition
Activity, cooperative agreement or contract?

USAID Response: Yes, please refer to the NOFO for more details.

Q14. In terms of geographic location on the map, does it only include Tigray and Amhara?

USAID Response: No. It includes all clusters of the Feed The Future Zone of Influence (FTF
ZOI). Please see the NOFO four more details.

Q15. Given the recent developments in Tigray, will the Community Nutrition Activity still
have a geographic focus in Tigray?

USAID Response: This activity will cover all the clusters of the FTF ZOI including the parts
that are in the Tigray region.

Q16. Can you clarify the colors on the map showing the regions this activity covers?

USAID Response: The different colors in the map represents different clusters of the FTF
ZOI. Please see the NOFO for more details.

Q17. How do you select the five clusters shown on the map?

USAID Response: This is our existing FTF ZOI that was identified in the past through
analyzing different indicators and consultation with the relevant stakeholders including the
Government of Ethiopia. These are the areas where we need to focus with our nutrition
sensitive and specific interventions.

Q18. Is the northern part of Ethiopia covered on this cluster selection as mentioned in Seqota
declaration?

USAID Response: We work closely with the Seqota Declaration team and this activity will
have some geographical overlap and substantial technical linkage with the Seqota Declaration
interventions. This activity will be implemented in a coordinated way with the Seqota
Declaration programming.

Q19. Does this activity cover only the development areas or does it also cover emergency
areas such as Tigray, Afar and Amhara with regard to both nutrition support and restoration?

USAID Response: This activity will work in a very strong coordination with humanitarian
supports from USAID and other development partners. USAID has humanitarian nutrition
interventions in Afar, Amhara and Tigray. This activity will not implement emergency
nutrition interventions but will support the health system in restoration of nutrition services.

Q20. Can I have more clarifications on the regions this activity covers? It is not clear on the
map.

USAID Response: this activity will be implemented in the FTF ZOI. Please see the NOFO
for more details.

Q21. Will this activity be implemented, in the five clusters that were mentioned in the
presentation, by one partner or more than one partner? And how many woredas will the
implementation of the activity cover?

USAID Response: USAID plans to award it as one activity. If more than one organization
apply for this activity jointly or as a consortium, the applicants need to propose how they
want to divide technical interventions and geographical coverage based on their capacities.

Q22. Is there an opportunity for local NGOs to participate and compete in the funding?

USAID Response: Yes, we encourage local NGOs to participate in this activity. Based on the
capacities, the local NGO's can apply alone or in a consortium.

Q23. Is it possible to organize a consortium of local NGOs with international NGO for this
activity?

USAID Response: Yes, it is possible. There is no restriction.

Q24. This project is mainly focusing on the health elements. How can the local organizations
and other CSOs participate in the project if they dont directly engage on the health sector?

USAID Response: Yes. It is a health focused project and if you have capacity in health,
nutrition, and other relevant work, you can apply. If you read the NOFO carefully, you will
see that the activity has many components to support nutritional practices beyond direct
health and nutrition service delivery. Once a new NOFO is published, if you want to apply
for that activity, you need to assess your capacity to understand if you can contribute to
achieving the intended results.

Q25. What do you mean by private sector? What is the requirement for private sectors to
work as partner?

USAID Response: Entities that are registered as privately owned organizations/companies.

Q26. My project is working on providing free medical service mainly focusing on women
health problems like fistula and I want to expand the scope of our project to cover more zones
than we are covering now. Therefore, how can I expand my project and receive a funding?

USAID Response: Fistula care is not within the scope of this activity. However, after reading
the NOFO if you see that you