UNICEF was created in December 1946. Since then, it promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do.  Together with partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

In Ethiopia, UNICEF provided technical and financial support to the government to set up the National Nutrition Program (NNP) since 2008 to combat malnutrition, to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to scale up the implementation of the preventative Community-Based Nutrition (CBN) activities in the four largest regions in Ethiopia. 

Nutrition depends on the availability and accessibility of food. UNICEF works therefore closely with the Bureau of Agriculture (BoA) and its extension workers at grassroots level, the development agents (DAs). Their objective is to increase productivity of agricultural outputs at household level. The respective extension workers from the NNP then work with these families to explain the importance of a regular and diversified diet.