NIGERIA HOSTS 2021 SUN JOINT ASSESSEMENT STAKEHOLDERS MEETING; IDENTIFY ACHIEVEMENTS FOR NUTRITION IN 2021 AND SET PRIORITIES FOR 2022

NIGERIA HOSTS 2021 SUN JOINT ASSESSEMENT STAKEHOLDERS MEETING; IDENTIFY ACHIEVEMENTS FOR NUTRITION IN 2021 AND SET PRIORITIES FOR 2022

The SUN Movement Nigeria recently held her 2021 SUN Joint Annual Assessment (SUN JAA) Stakeholders Meeting in Abuja. The meeting held on 4th January, 2022 brought together representatives from the five networks that make up the movement; the Government focal point, the SUN Business Network, the Civil Society- Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), the SUN Development Partner Group Network (Donor network) and the Academia and Research Network for Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (ARN – SUNN).

The meeting was aimed at documenting progress achieved collectively over the past year, jointly identifying challenges impacting on progress for nutrition in Nigeria, sharing updates, experiences and lessons among stakeholders and charting the way forward for the SUN Movement in Nigeria by identifying priorities for 2022.

In a Presentation on the Nigeria’s SUN movement network activities by the National Committee on Food and Nutrition (NCFN), the representative from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning said the Ministry in 2021, led the development of Guidelines for the creation of Nutrition Department; launched the National Multisectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition during 2021 Annual Nutrition Week and conducted the United Nations backed National Food Systems Dialogue (Pathways to Food Systems Transformation:  A Call to Action).

In a presentation by CS-SUNN, the Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Officer (MEAL), Jayne Arinze- Egemonye said so far CS-SUNN Has presence in 21 states with 487 civil society organizations as registered members of CS-SUNN. This she said, has contributed to improved partnerships with relevant nutrition stakeholders at all levels. In the area of improved nutrition programming and coordination through advocacy, she said CS-SUNN contributed to finalization of the National Multisectoral Strategic Plan of Action for for Food and Nutrition (NMPFAN), supported and contributed to the development of key policy documents; strategic plans and annual operational plans and creation of specific nutrition budget lines in Lagos, Niger, Nasarawa states. According to her, CS-SUNN’s priorities in 2022 include:

  • Domestication of the NCFN Term of Reference (TOR) to the states in collaboration with Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
  • Digitalization of the NCFN and State Committee on Food and Nutrition appraisal tool
  • Capacity building for selected media personnel on nutrition issues to improve visibility and reportage
  • Supporting West African Countries to strengthen their capacity on nutrition advocacy.

The SUN Business Network (SBN) in a presentation said the network recorded 95% increase in membership base, with a total of 303 businesses signing up to the Network and committing to improve nutrition in Nigeria. The network added that 23 SBN members successfully received grants from GAIN’s Keeping Food Markets Working project with 397 businesses trained on Nutrition and Food Safety.

The National Coordinator of the ARN – SUNN, Kola M. Anigo reported that the establishment of ARN-SUNN in five (5) states. They are Enugu, Oyo, Kaduna, Gombe, and Kano states. He further stated that ARN-SUNN network conducted a Survey on the effect of Covid 19 on Food and nutrition security in three states in Nigeria and members of the network have published a number of papers in peer reviewed journals to provide more evidence and guidance to policies related to nutrition in Nigeria.

On their part, the SUN Development Partner Group Network in a presentation identified the following as some of their achievements:

  • Provided funding and technical support for the coordination of national nutrition forums such as the national and state committees for food and nutrition meetings, National Council for Nutrition (NCN) including the establishment of the new National Nutrition Technical Working Group (NNTWG)
  • Supported the National Council on Nutrition to embed the costed National Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition in National Development Plan 2021-2025

Highlights during the 2021 SUN JAA gathering were group work sessions to identify Nigeria’s progress on implementing last year’s policy on Advocacy/Communication Priorities, stakeholders who made strong contributions and/or had strong influence on nutrition in Nigeria and advocacy frameworks and plans that have contributed to the acceleration of progress on nutrition in Nigeria.

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