23 April 2019
The National Information Platform for Nutrition was officially launched in Bangladesh on April 23 by the Ministry of Food and the European Union, together with four nutrition governance initiatives of the Government of Bangladesh supported by the European Union.
The inauguration took place during the National Nutrition Week in Bangladesh, in the presence of the Food Minister, M. Sadhan Chandra Majumder; the Ambassador of the European Union to Bangladesh; H.E. Rensje Teerink; the Senior Secretary of the General Economic Division of the Ministry of Planning, Prof. Shamsul Alam; and the Health Services Division Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, M. Ashadul Islam.
11 April 2019
Between January and April 2019, the Global Support facility has organised three capacity building workshops for NIPN country teams and government stakeholders on the implementation of the NIPN operational cycle. During these three-day workshops, the focus was on the first two steps of the NIPN operational cycle: ‘How to formulate nutrition-related policy-relevant questions?’, and ‘How and what data to analyse to answer those questions?’ Related issues were also discussed such as data quality, data management, capacity assessment and development plans. The first workshop was held in Ethiopia, the second one in Côte d’Ivoire brought together the three francophone NIPN countries (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Niger) and the third workshop took place in Laos. Altogether, over 80 participants participated in those workshops, from NIPN country teams, national institutions, ministries and international partners. Additional workshops are being planned for the other NIPN countries.
3 April 2019
The third NIPN operational capacity building workshop was organised by the GSF on April 3-5 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. This three-day workshop focused on the first two steps of the NIPN operational cycle: how to formulate nutrition-related policy-relevant questions and how and what data to analyse to answer those questions. Other related issues were also discussed such as data quality, data management, capacity development needs, etc. The attendance was high with more than 30 stakeholders from national institutions hosting the NIPN (Centre for Policy Development Research, National Institute for Economic Research, Lao Bureau of Statistics), ministries (of Planning, Health, Agriculture & Forestry, Education & Sports) and from UNICEF, which is providing technical assistance to the national organisations.
2 April 2019
In Niger, the national nutrition security policy (NNSP) has been officially adopted last October, under the leadership of the 3N High Commission “Niger feeds Nigeriens” (HCI3N), which sits in the President’s office. The NNSP governance structure was approved: it comprises a Nutrition Unit within HCI3N, a multisectoral Strategic Committee and a multisectoral Technical Committee. The Technical Committee, which is in charge of coordinating the implementation and ensuring the technical follow-up of the NNSP, will also function as the NIPN “Multisectoral Advisory Committee”, responsible for the technical validation of NIPN work plan and outputs. The first task of this new Technical Committee is to discuss and validate the question analysis framework plan for 2019/2020, prepared by the NIPN team based on sector-wide consultations. This plan is a major step forward in order to provide answers to a number of priority nutrition policy-relevant questions in Niger.
15 March 2019
Following an initial capacity need assessment workshop organised last autumn, the Ethiopian NIPN team has engaged in the process of reviewing the capacity development needs of 23 national institutions involved in nutrition policies, and ranging across ministries, universities and research institutes. The aim is to define the overall capacity strengthening strategy for improved nutrition monitoring, evaluation, research and decision making.
Meanwhile, capacity building activities are taking place: a training was jointly organised by EPHI and IFPRI to define the requirements for a data repository and learn from the process of data submission across actors. The general nutrition capacity is also being strengthened through the organisation of regular Nutrition Research and Policy Seminars co-organised under NIPN by EPHI & IFPRI. These events allow to engage with multisectoral decision makers and researchers on various nutrition topics: the last March event highlighted global evidence on the relationship between animal-sourced food and nutrition outcomes.