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Three things we learnt from the first Civil Society Network assembly

This week saw over 60 members of the SUN Movement’s Civil Society Network (CSN) come together from countries all around the globe in the first ever network-wide assembly to discuss experiences and solutions surrounding the current global food crisis and to create tangible advocacy demands as a network. The discussion was full of ideas and […]

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The SUN CSN to host its first network-wide assembly on global crises

Summary  The Civil Society Network Secretariat (CSNS) plans to organise a series of meetings with CSN Members to come together and share experiences and perspectives on how the global commodity price increases are impacting nutrition in different contexts.  The event on May 25th will be offered as the first of an ongoing series of global […]

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Ukraine conflict highlights the fragility of the global food system and will have damaging impact on nutrition of the most vulnerable, warns SUN Movement’s Civil Society Network.  

Members of the SUN Movement’s Civil Society Network are already reporting food shortages and escalation in prices due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, which will have knock-on effects on the state of nutrition globally.   The Russian Federation and Ukraine are among the most important producers of agricultural commodities in the world. Organisations such as […]

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Thematic Briefs: Asia Regional Coordination Group

SUN Civil Society Asia Coordination Group (ACG) was established during a CSN capacity building meeting in Indonesia to enable continued sharing of knowledge and collaboration. Currently, 13 civil society alliances, with over 1200 members, including Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Philippine, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Afghanistan, PNG and Vietnam are members of ACG and […]

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Outcome Stories: Asia Regional Coordination Group

SUN Civil Society Asia Coordination Group (ACG) was established during a CSN capacity building meeting in Indonesia to enable continued sharing of knowledge and collaboration. Currently, 13 civil society alliances, with over 1200 members, including Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Philippine, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Afghanistan, PNG and Vietnam are members of ACG and […]

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International Women’s Day: Women in Food Systems with Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq

Do you feel that food systems support you as a woman? Women have a prominent role all across the value chain of the food system, for instance as farmers and food producers, merchandisers, educators, cooks, servers, and leaders of food organizations. Food systems enhance women participation and benefits they receive through improved access to resources […]

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International Women’s Day: Interview with Martha Nyagaya

Are you a women working in food systems, what do you do? Yes, I am Nutrition International’s Country Director in Kenya. In this role I lead program planning, development and implementation of multisectoral nutrition programs. I also manage relations with Donors, Government of Kenya and other key local stakeholders. As the Chair of the SUN […]

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International Women’s Day: Women as a change agent in ensuring food security

Women in Food Systems: A story by HKI Vietnam Bui Thi Hoai, a young Muong mother in Chi Dao commune shared that after two years of attending the Enhanced Homestead Food Production project, she has gained lots of new knowledge about nutrition and agriculture, that she never known before. Thanks to the monthly communication sessions and […]

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International Women’s Day: Mother’s milk as part of the food system

I’m Linh – a breastfeeding mother. I am lucky to have a full house with two beautiful daughters in Hanoi, Viet Nam, both of whom were exclusively breastfed. I start each day happily breastfeeding my seven-month-old baby. Breast milk is the #firstfood, the perfect source of nutrition for babies in the first two years and […]

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Life under the Taliban: Obstacles faced in Afghanistan

Part 4: Being a child in Afghanistan Written by Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq, Programme Director and Co-Founder of Action for Development who provide vital health and education services in Afghanistan to the most marginalized and vulnerable individuals through cost-effective, cascade-model projects that allow for community participation and empowerment. Afghanistan has been struggling with conflict for over 40 years. The situation […]

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Life under the Taliban: Obstacles faced in Afghanistan

Part 3: Rising food prices Written by Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq, Programme Director and Co-Founder of Action for Development who provide vital health and education services in Afghanistan to the most marginalized and vulnerable individuals through cost-effective, cascade-model projects that allow for community participation and empowerment. Afghanistan has been struggling with conflict for over 40 years. The […]

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The African Union Year of Nutrition

At their annual meeting in February of 2022, the African Union declared 2022 ‘The Year of Nutrition for Africa’. This is an exciting initiative as it will shine a spotlight on nutrition in Africa and push for greater political commitment on nutrition and increased investment to address the ongoing malnutrition challenges. The AU will strive […]

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Life under the Taliban: Obstacles faced in Afghanistan

Part 2: Covid-19 and disease  Written by Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq, Programme Director and Co-Founder of Action for Development who provide vital health and education services in Afghanistan to the most marginalized and vulnerable individuals through cost-effective, cascade-model projects that allow for community participation and empowerment. Afghanistan has been struggling with conflict for over 40 years. The […]

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Life under the Taliban: Obstacles faced in Afghanistan

Part 1: A Harsh Winter  Written by Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq, Programme Director and Co-Founder of Action for Development who provide vital health and education services in Afghanistan to the most marginalized and vulnerable individuals through cost-effective, cascade-model projects that allow for community participation and empowerment. Afghanistan has been struggling with conflict for over 40 years. The […]

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Nutrition International launches Adolescent Nutrition and Anaemia course in Bahasa language

Jakarta, INDONESIA – Nutrition International and the Indonesian Ministry of Health launched a translated version of a free online course on adolescent nutrition and anaemia in Bahasa, the official language of Indonesia, during an event marking the Indonesian National Day of Nutrition. “Adolescents the world over are extensively impacted by malnutrition, said Sri Kusyuniati, Country […]

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Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network Commitment

This week, actors across the nutrition community including representatives from governments, businesses, academics and members of civil society came together to make bold pledges towards the UN nutrition targets at the Nutrition for Growth Summit.  The Civil Society Network (CSN) is part of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), a world-wide Movement to end malnutrition. Our diverse […]

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The Youth: Secret Ingredient for a Sustainable Food System

Food and Nutrition Youth Network (FNYN) Philippines Launched By: Rose Jade Eugenie Delgado SUN Youth Leader for Nutrition & FNYN Philippines Convenor  In the recipe of shaping a more sustainable food system, we need: a cup of policy changes by governments, a pinch of investment and innovation from businesses and the private sector, a dash of advocacy from Civil Society Organizations, a […]

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The Future of Nutrition: Accountability towards 2030

Almost 10 years after the first Nutrition For Growth Summit, we are still nowhere near meeting the targets laid out for 2025. Rates of stunting, wasting and obesity are still on the rise, while fragile and conflict-affected famines have been forgotten. Add on to that a global pandemic and the exponential number of climate-related disasters, […]

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Almost 10 years after the first Nutrition For Growth Summit, we are still nowhere near meeting the targets laid out for 2025. Rates of stunting, wasting and obesity are still on the rise, while fragile and conflict-affected famines have been forgotten. Add on to that a global pandemic and the exponential number of climate-related disasters, the future of nutrition has never been more important. 

But we know what to do, the future of nutrition in our hands and only by holding commitment makers to account and seeing promises become a reality, will we see a stronger, more nutritious future for all. 

Join the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network as we, along with the International Coalition for Advocacy on Nutrition (ICAN) coalition, build off the Global Nutrition Report’s accountability framework and plan to create our own charter for accountability beyond the Nutrition for Growth Summit in December. 

What is the Nutrition for Growth Summit?

After being postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this December the Government of Japan is set to host the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) summit. This ‘global pledging moment’ aims to deliver much-needed action on policy and financing commitments to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2—Ending Hunger in All its Forms. 

A year later than hoped, the Nutrition for Growth Summit is more important than ever and it is crucial that we not only see new, bold, ambitious commitments from all stakeholders, but that pledge-makers uphold these commitments between now and 2030. 

Commitment making and what we hope to see at N4G

The Nutrition for Growth Summit has commitment making at its heart and we hope to see strong financial pledges when the final commitments are announced at the summit in December.

Stakeholders have been making commitments throughout the year in three core thematic areas: health and enshrining nutrition into Universal Health Coverage (UHC); food and building food systems that promote climate friendly healthy diets and nutrition; and resilience and effectively addressing malnutrition in fragile and conflict affected contexts.

Within these three thematic areas, there are certain things we would hope and expect to see as a civil society movement. Firstly, all stakeholders must ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all. This includes interventions which prioritise the nutritional needs of women and adolescent girls, scaling up access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) with a particular focus on low-income settings, and using agroecology to enhance nutrition through dietary diversity.

We also urge all stakeholders to make pledges which aim to shift to more sustainable and healthy consumption patterns. Rising rates of food and nutrition insecurity and the threats of climate change urge us to promote foods and diets that are both nutritious and have low environmental impacts. This may include promoting the fortification and biofortification of staple foods and crops with essential micronutrients, offering supplementation programmes, and providing education and healthcare services to optimise both child and maternal nutrition and health and promote breastfeeding, especially in low-resource settings.

Beyond Nutrition For Growth

As we end the nutrition year of action and are one year closer to the 2025 nutrition targets, we call on SUN Civil Society Network members to continue working with their governments  to maintain the momentum of N4G, uphold pledges made, and push for accountability from all parties making commitments. 

The Global Nutrition Report’s Nutrition Accountability Framework (NAF) creates the world’s first independent and comprehensive platform for registering SMART nutrition commitments and monitoring nutrition action. All the N4G commitments must be made through the NAF ensuring that they are publicly shared and ultimately upheld. This framework will guide civil society members in holding governments and pledge-holders to account. 

Going forward, and as part of the series of side events held in the run-up to N4G, The SUN Civil Society Network and the International Coalition for Advocacy on Nutrition (ICAN) plans to host an action planning session to further develop and discuss how, as a Civil Society Network, we can hold stakeholders to account beyond 2021. 

The objective of this session is to: 

  • demonstrate the critical role of governance and accountability towards ending malnutrition in line with the N4G principles of engagement and Nutrition Accountability Framework. 
  • ensure that momentum doesn’t stop at the N4G Summit and instead is used to inform accountability efforts at global and national levels 
  • use the experience of participants to inform a set of measurable guidelines from civil society to ensure the Nutrition Accountability Framework is used and that effective mechanisms are put in place to hold commitment-makers to account. 

The N4G summit is a hugely important moment for making bold financial commitments to invest more in nutrition interventions worldwide. It is a key step on the road to 2025 and to the 2030 sustainable development goals. With very little progress made towards beating malnutrition and a global pandemic that has only exacerbated the problem, we must ensure that commitments for nutrition are not only made, but that governments and commitment-makers are held to account to create effective, long lasting change for people and the planet in years to come.