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At community level, women groups are supported to start income-generating activities like producing complementary food. In the beginning stages, UNICEF and FAO provided the raw materials before the women are able to purchase the ingredients from the local market themselves. The leader of the group is usually a bit older, more experienced and part of a model household.

types of grain are used for the complimentary food in Tigray region. The components must be locally available, therefore these are: wheat, broad bean and teff. This mixture provides children with the daily calories and protein requirements. The mothers learn during training sessions to add fruits and vegetables to enrich the complementary food with minerals, or micronutrients.

Source: UNICEF Ethiopia

45 Number of women groups benefitting from local complementary food production as a means of access to food for their children and as income generating activities for women empowerment.

Source: UNICEF Ethiopia

29% In 2013, 29% of children were underweight in Ethiopia compared to previously 34%. The production of complementary food and the scaling-up of the Heath Extension Programme in several woredas are among the factors contributing to this decline.

Source: UNICEF Ethiopia