International environment

NIPN has been set up by the EU to help each country to develop a National Information Platform for Nutrition and to coordinate the technical assistance and capacity building required. The main role of this global support is to:

• Coordinate the initiative within and between countries
• Support countries to design and establish each NIPN
• Build capacity and provide technical assistance
• Link with SUN and other initiatives to ensure coherence

From 2020, global support is managed by Capacity for Nutrition - NIPN (C4N-NIPN). C4N is a multi-donor action between the European Commission (EC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). C4N is part of the Knowledge for Nutrition Programme (K4N) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

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Expert Advisory Group

The NIPN Expert Advisory Group is composed of technical experts from scientific and international organisations. Its main role is to support the quality of NIPN implementation and synergies at both the global and country levels.

Composition of the expert Advisory Group
Name Organization
Edith Feskens Wageningen University and Research Centre – The Netherlands
Patrizia Frascassi Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Chika Hayashi UNICEF
Rebecca Heidkamp Johns Hopkins University – USA
Jef Leroy International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Jennifer Rosensweig World Food Programme
Kuntal Saha World Health Organization (WHO)
Jillian Waid Heidelberg University - Germany
Kate Wellard Natural Resources Institute (NRI) – University of Greenwich – UK
Roosmarijn Verstraeten EU Joint Research Center


The NIPN initiative is driven by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Cooperation and Development, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), and UNICEF.

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