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PINNS means “Partnership for Improving Nigeria Nutrition System”

PINNS is designed to strengthen Nigeria’s nutrition systems to be more Result-driven, Effective, Serviceable, Efficient and Transparent (RESET).

RESET’s focus is on delivering government mandates and ensuring accountability of commitments made towards allocations, release and transparent usage of implementation funds


  • Ineffective coordination of nutrition activities and actors at the national and sub-national levels
  • Inadequate fund allocation and releases for planned implementation in annual budgets.
  • Lack of visibility of nutrition issues, translation and effective dissemination of research to evidence to spur decision-making and informed action in Nigeria
  • Low uptake of preventive measures for combating malnutrition such as Exclusive breastfeeding and optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices in the country
  • Lack of transparency of government to fund allocation, disbursement and judicious utilization and its inability to keep to national and international commitments for funding nutrition are also contributory factors to the situation

To address Nigeria’s malnutrition challenge, governments at all levels need to deliver on their mandate and commitments to allocate, release and use transparent funds for the implementation of high-impact Nutrition interventions.


The overall goal is to contribute to the reduction of malnutrition among women and under 5 children by strengthening the Nigeria Nutrition Systems.


  • Improved implementation of the National Multi-Sectoral Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition (NMSPAN) with a focus on high-impact nutrition interventions in the Health and Agriculture sector strategic plans designed to contribute to a reduction in maternal and child malnutrition at national and focal states.
    • Improved funding for Health and Nutrition (with reference to 1% consolidated revenue fund for nutrition- EBF, Maternal nutrition, IYCF and staple food fortification) at national and focal states
    • Momentum for Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria, through concerted Civil Society Action

PINNS FOCSAL STATES:  Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger, Kano and Lagos


  • Women of childbearing age
    • Children aged 0 to 5 years (they will be directly impacted by the investment outcome)

Other categories of beneficiaries:

  • Women groups, CSOs, CS-SUNN (who will directly benefit from project activities designed to strengthen their capacity to engage for change via advocacy)

Indirect beneficiaries include:

  •  Nutrition-related sectors and coordination bodies, with selected decision-makers in government at National and state levels who will serve as in-government champions.


  • Improved funding for Health and Nutrition at national and focal states.
    • Momentum for Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria, through Concerted
    Civil Society Action.Nutrition governanceNutrition Policy implementation (NMSPAN-NSPAN & ASFNS)Effective CoordinationAdequate financing state actor’s capacity to implement high-impact nutrition interventions Evidence for result-oriented advocacy and Resource
    • mobilization
    •  Transparency and accountability in the use of nutrition funds

The PINNS Theory of change hypothesizes that a reduction in malnutrition among women and children aged 0-5 years can be achieved through:

  1. Improving the coordination and resource mobilization functions of key nutrition institutions in Nigeria
  2. Increasing funding for health and nutrition
  3. Use of evidence from research by policymakers to inform decision-making and action
  4. Strengthened capacity of CSOs on effective advocacy and operations
  5.  Generating visibility for nutrition
  6. Mobilizing the community and increasing momentum for sustainability


  1. 1.  Domestication and full implementation of MULTI-SECTORAL PLANS of action for nutrition
  2. 2. Provision of adequate funding for nutrition in all nutrition line ministries’ annual budgets
  3. 3. Release and judiciously utilize allocated funds for high-impact interventions
  4. 4. Strengthened coordination activities of National and State committees on food and nutrition to play their roles effectively as mandated in the NPFN.
  5. 5. Prioritization of nutrition services and funding from the 1% Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) at our PHCs 

Text Box: Capacity building and technical supportPINNS PROJECT ACTIVITIES COVER:

Text Box: Policy and budget Advocacy preparation, evidence generation and development of relevant project knowledge/advocacy materials
Text Box: Mobilization and strengthening activities for groupsText Box: Advocacy engagements (Legislative advocacy, high level advocacy meetings/visits to policy makers, mid-year review meetings, Pre-budget meetings