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Improving Nutrition Outcomes Through Optimized Agricultural Investments (ATONU)

Work packages

ATONU work package structure:

ATONU is accomplishing its objectives through four main packages

These work packages are:

Work Package 1

- focuses on the Design, Intervention, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Tools (DIMELT). Through this package the Consortium designs and tests innovative tools, based on specific frameworks, that will guide the selection of agriculture investments; the design of context-specific tailored nutrition interventions; and the design of monitoring, and evaluation frameworks.

Work Package 2

This is the core work package of ATONU and focuses on the Proof of Concept and Technical Assistance (POCTA). The DIMELT work package creates the tools for POCTA to use. Through the POCTA work package the Consortium provides technical assistance for the implementation and evaluation of context specific tailored nutrition interventions. These tailored nutrition interventions are embedded within agriculture value chain systems at scale. Additionally, nutrition-sensitive modifications are responsive to different environmental, socio-cultural, gender, economic, political and infrastructural contexts. Robust evaluations that will generate evidence of the impact of agriculture on nutrition outcomes will be designed and implemented; thereby providing proof of concept.

Work Package 3

focuses on Policy Advocacy, Communications and Knowledge Management (PACK). This package include strong dissemination and advocacy components aimed at facilitating the sharing of the ATONU project's robust research evidence and efforts to use the evidence to influence the wider national and international development agendas. PACK will disseminate the best practices and evidence that comes out of POCTA.

Work Package 4

focuses on strengthening the capacity of individuals and African institutions involved in the ATONU project which are critical requirement for achieving the necessary impact in the four target countries. Capacity Building will support and help institutionalize for the integration of agriculture and nutrition, and up-scaling of successful programs.

Gender mainstreaming and environmental sustainability will be cross cutting themes

ATONU mainstreams gender in all activities so that the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agriculture-nutrition investments are gender- responsive and culturally-sensitive. ATONU suggests new approaches and lessons on how gender and socio-cultural issues can be dealt with to effect positive behavior change; and empower women with the capacity to influence behavior change and nutritional outcomes. ATONU will identify practical, evidence-based policy and practice actions to be undertaken by key stakeholders and institutions towards a triple win: achieving food and nutrition security while ensuring a sustainable environment.

The work packages are interconnected and non-linear. Lessons learned and evidence generated during the course of the ATONU project will be used to improve and adjust activities in order to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the project.

Cross Cutting Themes: Gender and Environmental sustainability:

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