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Key actors commit to smart nutrition, ensuring faster progress to ending malnutrition


In the world, 1 in 9 people are hungry or undernourished, and 1 in 3 adults are overweight or obese. Progress towards nutrition target is too slow, progress in Eastern and Southern Africa is too slow, according to the latest Global Nutrition Report.

Global Nutrition Report remains the ‘go-to’ nutrition accountability mechanism. It develops criteria and guidelines for how to qualify nutrition commitments. It develops methods for nutrition commitment tracking and assessment, it also monitors nutrition commitments and reports on progress.

On February 25, at the second regional round table, hosted by the Global Nutrition Report and the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN Movement) countries gave updates and on how they are advancing the nutrition agenda and made commitments on how they will make it a success. The round tables aim to mobilise key actors at the regional and country-level around the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Year of Action and Tokyo N4G Summit and this event will focus on Eastern and Southern Africa.

After being asked what action countries are taking to advance the nutrition agenda and what type of assistance they might need to make progress on nutrition and also in preparing for the Tokyo N4G Summit, this is what role players from Kenya, Uganda, Somali, and Rwanda had to say:


Kenya has a policy on food security and nutrition. We developed an implementation framework and out of that, we developed a plan of action. The plan is costed, so we’ve gone down to our 47 counties to ensure that all of them have developed these plans. The plans are multi-sectoral, the approach is the food systems approach and we’ve been able to achieve in several areas in terms of building systems for us to be able to reduce malnutrition especially stunting and we’ve put in place laws that are helping us to improve the infant feeding,” said to Gladys Mugambi, for the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN). Read more…

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