Alive and Thrive

Published on 20 May 2010

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Start Date: 12 January 2008 | End Date: 1 February 2013


IFPRI is part of a consortium of eight institutions led by the Academy for Educational Development (AED) who responded to a call for proposal put out by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to address childhood undernutrition. This 5-year, $80 million project aims to reduce by at least 50% the disability adjusted life years lost (DALYs) due to poor infant and young child feeding practices. The project is expected to reach more than 26 million children 0-24 months of age in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Vietnam.


IFPRI’s role in the project is to lead impact and process evaluation activities in the three focus countries. In Bangladesh and Viet Nam, the evaluation research uses cluster-randomized designs with detailed process/operations research. In Ethiopia, the evaluation research will use a before-after design, with a nested cohort study and detailed process/operations research.  In all three countries, the evaluation work includes prospective studies of the policy processes related to nutrition and infant and young child feeding policies and institutions.  

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2 Responses to “Alive and Thrive”

  1. Dr.Syed Md. Zainul Abedin says:

    I like to know the status of the research and the findings (if any)if the research has already been completed.

  2. I am a researcher/Lecturer in Ebonyi State University, Nigeria. I want to know if this life saving programme of your organization could be extented to Nigeria, where the number of child mortality is almost equal to that of Ethiopia in the Global Hunger Index (GHI).I am doing a Research work on the Nutritional Characterization of underutilized crops from Nigeria: Potention for improved nutrition and poverty reduction with the United Nations University, Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA).

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Dr Kate Nnamani

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