Improving Nutrition in Ethiopia
Through Plant Breeding and Soil Management




This project is a new initiative, which evolved from the long-term relationship between Hawassa University and the University of Saskatchewan, building on the existing CIFSRF Call-1 project to improve food security through improved sustainable agricultural practices and human nutrition, by inclusion of pulse crops, following a gender equity approach.

Combating food insecurity in Ethiopia requires innovative agricultural practices and human nutrition intervention programs. Ethiopia has one of the highest prevalence of protein-calorie malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. The project adopts a whole foods strategy to combat protein-energy malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, while contributing to the sustainability of local agro-ecosystems. The project centres on bio-fortification of pulses coupled with soil fertility management and improvement of human nutrition. Zinc and Fe availability will be the focus as deficiencies of these micronutrients are prevalent in southern Ethiopia. The project targets Ethiopian women as agents for change for adopting and integrating improved production methods into their indigenous farming systems.


University of Saskatchewan, Canada

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) was established in 1907, just two years after the creation of the province, to serve the post-secondary needs of Saskatchewan and beyond. The first classes began in 1909 with 70 students registered. Located in Saskatoon, the U of S is the largest post-secondary institution in the province.

Today, the U of S offers 58 undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 100 disciplines and hosts students from around the world.


Hawassa University,

Hawassa University (HU) was established at Hawassa in April 2000 by merging three colleges in Southern Ethiopia: Awassa College of Agriculture (ACA), Wondogenet College of Forestry and Dilla College of Teacher Education and Health Sciences.

Today, HU is a comprehensive university engaged in the provision of all-round education, research, training, & community service through its diversified areas of academic units.

CIFSRF Conference

Linking Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health 2013

06 - 08 February 2013