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Improving Nutrition Outcomes Through Optimized Agricultural Investments (ATONU)

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Implementing Arrangements

ATONU Country Implementing Partners (CIPs)
Within the focal countries, the ATONU Consortium leverages on national agricultural investments by working with and delivering through pipeline and existing platforms and programs developed by governments, community organizations, private sector or development programs. These stakeholders constitute the Country Implementing Partners (CIPs) who are central to the proof of concept, success of the project and future sustainability of the gains from this project. Through technical assistance, the ATONU project will promote national ownership and capacity building of CIPs. The ATONU project aims to build capacity, provide training and mentorship, build systems and institutionalize good practices in the CIPs.

ATONU Outsourced Service Providers (OSPs)
Whilst the ATONU Consortium provides technical assistance to the CIPs, there is be need to draw on additional outsourced service providers (OSPs) for specialized skills that are not available in the Consortium and in instances where extra capacity is required, e.g. field data collection and analysis. The Consortium is developing a database of associate service providers from which to source additional technical expertise as necessary. These are drawn from the focal countries, the region and the international community.

The ATONU Steering Committee: The ATONU Steering Committee gives agriculture-nutrition strategic direction to ATONU. The Steering Committee is an advisory body with no governance or fiduciary responsibilities. It has the mandate to review and give advice/recommendations on annual work plans and budgets to the Project Director, suggest strategies for the implementation of the project, dispute resolution and mediation, advise on impact pathways, instil transparency, monitor the performance of the project in terms of research quality and timelines, review the impact of the project on the quality of service delivery, and review project management for conformity to the overall ATONU framework. Membership of the Steering Committee include:

  • A nominated representative of the FANRPAN Board sitting as an ex-officio member of the Steering Committee.
  • A representative of the BMGF.
  • One senior representative from each of the six Consortium member organizations.
  • Invited technical experts as agreed.
  • The Director of ATONU.

The ATONU Director: The ATONU Director has responsibility for the implementation of ATONU. This position is held by the CEO of FANRPAN.

The ATONU Managing Director: The ATONU Managing Director is the hands-on day-to-day manager of the ATONU project;

  • Supervise the Work Package Managers and Country Coordinators.
  • Prepare consolidated annual work plans and budgets for recommendation by the Steering Committee.
  • Oversee the development of the communications, partnerships and capacity building strategies.
  • Ensure that cross cutting thematic areas of gender and environmental sustainability are main streamed effectively in all four work packages.
  • Coordinate in-country engagements and the technical assistant support from both the Work Package Managers and the Consortium Members.
  • Be the day to day contact point on ATONU project implementation and the interface between the ATONU project and other FANRPAN projects through the FANRPAN senior management team which includes the CEO and all the FANRPAN Directors. The Managing Director position is at the same level in the FANRPAN organogram as the Directors for M&E, Compliance, Policy Advocacy, Policy Research and Finance and Administration.

The ATONU project, being part of the FANRPAN projects portfolio, has full access and support from the FANRPAN administrative services, including financial management, human resources, administration and quality management. They are supported by FANRPAN's technical (cross-cutting) service personnel; including M&E, Gender, Natural Resources and Environment, communication and advocacy, research, publications and events management.

Work Package Managers: Four Work Package Managers are appointed for ATONU as follows:

  • Manager, Work Package DIMELT
  • Manager, Work Package POCTA
  • Manager, Work Package PACK
  • Manager, Work Package Capacity Building

Work Package Managers are employed by FANRPAN. They report to the Project Director through the Managing Director. Work Package Managers are responsible for project execution, delivery of outputs while also undertaking activities of the cross cutting issues. Additionally the Work Package Managers draw technical support from the FANRPAN thematic managers, particularly the Gender Specialist (housed within Social Protection and Livelihoods) and Natural Resources and Environment Program Manager, with the ATONU Managing Director bearing the responsibility for ensuring that gender mainstreaming and environmental sustainability cross cutting themes are effectively mainstreamed in all four work packages. The Work Package Managers, are closely supported by expertise drawn from the Consortium members, CIPs and OSPs.

Work Package Teams: The ATONU Work Package Managers are supported by experts from within the Consortium member organizations, who constitute work package teams working under the guidance of work package managers through the Managing Director to deliver short and medium term technical assistance as required.

Consortium contacts

Agribusiness Systems International (ASI)

ASI is a support institution of ACDI/VOCA created in 1993 to provide clients such as the BMGF with access to technical expertise that resides within the ACDI/VOCA family. ASI and ACDI/VOCA implement large-scale, market-based value chain development projects in critical food value chains for staples, high value crops, and horticulture. They have on-going projects in Ghana and Tanzania, and Uganda. Their critical niche in ATONU is their experience in integrated agriculture and nutrition behavior change programs.


Africa Innovations Institute (AfrII)

AfrII, an NGO center of excellence, based in Uganda has vast experience and strengths in agricultural development which includes: agricultural research for development; skills enhancement; capacity building; participatory approaches, and agribusiness and markets development. It serves as a country office of the BMGF funded Cassava: Adding Value for Africa project which includes Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, and Malawi. The ATONU project will benefit from AfrII's experience in implementing agricultural projects and working at community level, e.g. organization of farmers into groups, associations, and primary cooperatives, strengthening governance and management capacity through training and mentoring.


Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

FANRPAN is a regional food security policy research, and advocacy network. It is coordinated from South Africa but has a mandate to work Africa-wide. FANRPAN promotes effective Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) policies by: (i) facilitating linkages and partnerships between government and civil society, (ii) building the capacity for policy analysis and policy dialogue in Africa, and (iii) supporting demand-driven policy research and analysis. For the ATONU project, FANRPAN will mobilize its partnerships for policy support, and it will also leverage on its convening power to access policymakers, policy intermediaries and practitioners, and strengthen the national policy dialogue platforms though its tested multi-stakeholder policy dialogue platforms and policy champions models.


Farm Africa

Farm Africa, an NGO implementing agriculture and value chain initiatives brings to the consortium a solid grounding in project implementation. Farm Africa has established country hub offices and field offices in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda and therefore has extensive networks of mobilized farmers and farm groups; close working relationships with local governments, key stakeholders, and the local media. ATONU will draw from its experience in gender; farmer field schools; building capacity of extension officers to apply participatory approaches and engage in markets; village savings and loan associations; participatory land use planning; dairy goat production and entrepreneurship; developing value chain training curricula; and branding and communications.

Farm Africa

Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH)

LCIRAH/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), a world leader in integrative agriculture-nutrition research, will bring academic rigor and expertise in cutting edge research methods for the design, monitoring and evaluation of agricultural and value chain interventions to improve nutrition and health. It is envisaged that they will work with the African partners in the ATONU project to help leverage additional funds to support the development of methods for impact evaluations, and generate and disseminate research results. They will also support engagement with policy makers through the Global Panel on Food and Nutrition Security and mentorship through the new Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy.


Natural Resources Institute (NRI)

NRI provides world-leading expertise in the design and implementation of agricultural development projects and programs, mainstreaming gender and socioeconomic dimensions in value chain development, and monitoring, evaluation and learning. It has extensive experience in providing management advice to African institutions. NRI will bring capacity building expertise and provide academic rigor to the project.


Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA, Tanzania)

SUA is a world-class center of excellence in agriculture, nutrition and related fields. It has a vast experience in research and publications in agriculture; nutrition; agribusiness; child development and public health. SUA has implemented projects involving the formation of agricultural partnerships to improve agricultural productivity, food security and livelihoods and public-private partnerships. SUA tools in other on-going collaborative research could be adapted for ATONU.


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