Malnutrition continues to be a major public health problem in Ethiopia. Most people suffer from under-nutrition, a diet that lacks adequate calories and protein. Extreme undernourishment leads to stunting (chronic malnutrition) or wasting (acute malnutrition). All typologies of child malnutrition increase with the age of the child. The peak age is between 6 and 24 months of age. There are regional variations in nutritional status of children, with stunting levels being above the national average in Amhara and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR).

800 Number of households involved in the pilot project between CASCAPE and UNICEF, all located in Amhara region, the second largest region of Ethiopia.


44% of Ethiopian children suffer from stunted growth in 2012/13. The figure decreased from 52% due to first successes from the government’s health programme. Stunted children have a low height for their age due to a lack of long-term sufficient nutrient intakes (chronic malnutrition). They may never fully regain and experience height and body weight losses in later life.

Source: UNICEF Ethiopia

49,580 Number of children under the age of two to benefit from monthly growth monitoring and access to improved quality complementary food in 15 districts supported by the Netherlands Embassy.

Source: Netherlands Embassy - report 2012