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. 

Women groups are the driving force behind the Complementary Feeding Programme. The women groups were identified to be the best option for engagement in the production of complementary food. It is easier and more conducive for mothers to relate to other mothers at their level in the community.

The main objective is to demonstrate mothers the benefits of feeding complementary food to their children and show them how easily and less costly it is to prepare at home. Likewise, the women in the groups are empowered from the revenue of this income generating activity.