A flagship programme 2020-2025
UNICEF selected ‘Stop Stunting’ as a flagship programme to successfully implement the National Food and Nutrition Strategy and the Seqota Declaration Expansion Phase and to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal #2. Despite significant progress, stunting, the impaired growth and development that children experience from poor nutrition, repeated infection, and inadequate psychosocial stimulation, remains the most common form of child malnutrition in Ethiopia. Dietary intake and disease are the two direct causes of stunting, while the underlying factors are access to food, childcare practices, health care services, and environmental water, sanitation and hygiene. These in turn are related to parents’ education and income as well as societal factors such as economic situation, gender roles and governance.