CS-SUNN CONVENES STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP TO IDENTIFY PRIORITIES AND SET BENCHMARKS FOR NUTRITION IN NIGERIA

CS-SUNN CONVENES STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP TO IDENTIFY PRIORITIES AND SET BENCHMARKS FOR NUTRITION IN NIGERIA

CS-SUNN recently convened a workshop on Political Economy Analysis (PEA) and Fiscal Space Analysis (FSA) of Nigeria’s nutrition environment for key stakeholders across Nutrition line Ministries, Departments and Agencies- MDAs (both at the National and state levels) and CS-SUNN Partnership for Improving Nigeria Nutrition Systems (PINNS 2.0) focal states.  The workshop was aimed at:

-providing an update on the National Nutrition vision and priority outcomes for Nigeria and ascertaining if Nigeria has been working along the identified priorities and set targets

-identifying all active on-going interventions in Nigeria and PINNS’ states with guidance from the National Policy on Food and Nutrition/Multi-sectoral plan of Action to determine if any high impact interventions are not currently being implemented effectively.

-Accessing whether Nigeria and PINNS States meet the pre-requisites for implementing its Nutrition vision at the National and Sub-national levels

-Determining the priorities for PINNS 2.0 engagements, opportunities and next steps.

The Three-days workshop held from 10th -12th January, 2022 in Abuja drew about 30 participants from Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger, Lagos, Kano states and the National level cutting across State Nutrition Officers, PINNs Focal State Coordinators and Directors in Nutrition line MDAs.

Cross section of participants making a presentation on contextual Analysis

In a welcome remark, CS-SUNN Chairman Mr. Ifedilichukwu Ekene Innocent thanked participants for being in attendance and urged them to share relevant information that will shape and inform CS-SUNN’s interventions and programs in their various states. The CS-SUNN Executive Secretary, Sunday Okoronkwo while making a presentation on the PINNS 2.0 project said the project is premised on RESET for Human Capital Development (HCD). This he said, would be achieved through advocacy to RESET Nutrition structures, improve implementation of High impact low-cost nutrition interventions and improve Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN). He named intervention areas of the project to include Nutrition Governance and coordination, Integrated Nutrition Data Advocacy, Nutrition financing and Nigeria’s UHC & PHC Agenda and Strengthening Civil Society Advocacy and Accountability.

Facilitating the meeting, CS-SUNN’s Consultant, Dr. David Olayemi, guided the participants through various group tasks and presentations on the Contextual Analysis, Priority setting, Problem analysis, Decision making mapping, Stakeholder mapping, influence and interest ECO system mapping across the PINNS Focal states and at the National level.

The various stakeholders identified priority areas for their various states. High priority areas for the policy makers cut across Maternal Nutrition, Infant and Young Child Feeding, improved nutrition for secondary schools’ students, nutrition intervention in communities, coordination of nutrition activities, resource allocation for nutrition, Vitamin A Supplementation and Exclusive Breastfeeding. Participants across board repeated re-emphasized the need for the establishment of Nutrition Department across all line Ministries at the National and sub-national levels.

 

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