HANCI Africa

On the 26th and 27th of January, 2017, a group of leading experts on food and nutrition security, including Transform Nutrition Leaders gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, to discuss a new research product, the African Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI Africa). The workshop aimed to present and debate the HANCI-Africa as a tool for advocacy, monitoring commitment and accountability and to discuss how regional and continental level bodies can adopt, adapt, own and sustainably use the HANCI-Africa for monitoring the Malabo Declarations and other commitments towards addressing hunger and malnutrition. HANCI Africa aims to measure political commitment of 45 African countries’ governments to tacking issues of hunger and undernutrition. The index looks at hunger, and nutrition separately, since actions which are taken to address hunger may not successfully address undernutrition and vice-versa. The index compares countries looking at three areas of commitment: laws, policies, and spending. More information about the index, including a complete list of the rankings and score cards for each country can be found here: http://hancindex.org/


Leaders meet at Micronutrient Forum, Cancun

In October 2016 a number of Transform Leaders attended the Global Micronutrient Forum in Cancun, Mexico. The theme of this years’ conference was ‘Positioning Women at the Centre of Sustainable development’ with many interesting sessions on numerous topics including market based approaches, ideas on scaling up implementation, adolescent nutrition, and discussions on national level commitment and ownership. Jessica Meeker, Transform Nutrition Leaders Network Co-ordinator was attending and caught up with most of the leaders in person over the week, highlighting what a great opportunity conferences are for linking in with network members.

If you are attending a conference in the next few months, do let us know so we can link you up with other attending members.

Leaders from CARE India develop a Nutrition Gender Toolkit

CARE India has been working in Odisha in the Technical Assistance and Research for Indian Nutrition and Agriculture (TARINA) project. The TARINA project is mandated to develop a more nutritious food system for India, by providing technical assistance to make agriculture projects nutrition sensitive, promote policy reforms and develop leadership and capacity to institutionalize nutrition sensitive agriculture in India.

CARE is working with women Self Help Groups across 72 villages in Kalahandi and Kandhamal districts in Odisha, towards providing access to a more affordable nutritious diet for them and their families. Accordingly, seven interventions have been identified – kitchen gardens, pulses, poultry, goatery, dairy, drudgery reduction and postharvest management of nutritious crops. The project aims at bringing in perceptible changes in the behavior and practices of poor and marginalized women and their family members in terms of consumption and distribution of nutritious food, promoting awareness and adoption of improved practices leading to improved production (access, availability and affordability) and consumption of quality diets in households.

Impacts targeted through TARINA however will become sustainable only when behavior change is triggered, supported through discussions and decisions are taken by small and marginal women farmers and their households. Such a process is time consuming and requires support for changemakers as they navigate their way towards a more nutritious future for their families.

To do this, CARE India is drawing on its extensive experience across livelihood, health and education projects to develop a Nutrition Gender Toolkit with a set of 14 tools. The tools help in creating awareness of the current status quo and promote a healthy discussion in women Self Help Groups that highlights aspects of the patriarchal society, and seek to enhance appreciation by stakeholders of women’s role, contributions, and needs in promotion of nutritious food value chains. The tools help women question our belief systems and its impact on our nutrition needs – especially for those who are traditionally less empowered and are needy. Some of the tools are supported by colorful picture cards and other aids that develop curiosity and aid dialogue. The engagement process includes women and men in the household and community opinion makers and actors, taking their inputs into consideration and working towards changes in belief systems and food systems. The tools are developed, field tested, finalized and then shared with partners’ teams in a phased manner for implementation in Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Leaders in Tanzania contribute to the development of the National Multi-sectoral Nutrition Action plan.

Transform Nutrition Leaders in Tanzania contributed to the recent development of the National Multi-sectoral Nutrition Action plan (2016 – 2021). This plan is a great step for nutrition in Tanzania, with One plan, One coordination mechanism and One M&E system across sectors. Nutrition has also been integrated into The National Five year Development Plan (2016/2017- 2020/2021). The whole process has been Co-ordinated by the Prime Minister’s Office and was successfully launched by the High Level Steering Committee in Nutrition (HLSCN) in October 2017 where by the Permanent Secretary, PMO is a chair.  TN network members, were instrumental and fully participated in this process.

Transform Nutrition Learning Journey: Oluwatoyin Oyekenu

Toyin, a 2015 participant in the Transform Nutrition Short Course, tells us what she learned during that week, how she has been able to put it into practice and what she has gained from being part of the Transform Nutrition Leaders Network since then.

My path to nutrition I am Oluwatoyin Oyekenu, known to my friends as Toyin. I grew up on a farm in Ilesha Osun State, Nigeria. I was always able to access fresh, nutritious food when I was young. My problem, was that all I wanted to eat was junk food, especially doughnuts, so my understanding of nutrition was just about dieting. I didn’t really understand the problem of nutrition in Nigeria until much later on in my life. [Read more...]

Transform Nutrition Learning Journey: Sutayut Osornprasop

Tam, a 2014 participant in the Transform Nutrition Short Course, tells us what he learned during that week, how he has been able to put it into practice and what he has gained from being part of the Transform Nutrition Leaders Network since then.

My name is Sutayut Osornprasop but I am known to my family and friends as “Tam”. I live in Bangkok, Thailand, where I was born and where I have spent most of my life. After studying Political Sciences at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, I worked for ASEAN in their Higher Education cooperation arm and then moved to Cambridge, England to complete my PhD in Politics and International Relations. [Read more...]

Basanta Kar, Transform Nutrition Champion, receives Odisha award

We were delighted that one of our 2016 Transform Nutrition Champions, Basanta Kumar Kar was recently awarded an Odisha Living Legend Award  for excellence in public policy. This is in recognition of his tireless  work on nutrition in South Asia.

Basanta said of his award “It is very satisfying to receive this award in Odisha where I am rooted. This is the state where I experienced multiple deprivations and developed the courage and conviction to overcome these challenges. It is also where I formed my passion for helping people to make changes in their lives.  I am confident that Odisha, endowed with rich human and natural resources, can move out of the clutches of a undernutrition and emerge as a talent state; a global nutrition pioneer”.

Find solutions in an Indian way: 2016 Global Nutrition Report launch in New Delhi, India

By Basanta Kumar Kar*                                                                                                                       

The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (CFNS) convened the 2016 Global Nutrition Report launch in on 14 June in New Delhi, India in collaboration with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). [Read more...]