Re: The e-Consultation on Hunger, Food and Nutrition Security

Scott Bleggi Bread for the World, United States of America
5-12-2012

The Lancet series on Maternal and Child Nutrition laid out and defined "nutrition-specific" interventions, and got the whole world to start thinking about nutrition.  You could say that everything else in development assistance that affects nutrition is "nutrition-sensitive".

 

But there is no general agreement on how to define nutrition-sensitive actions.  What are they in agriculture?  What are they in food security? 

 

Clearly defined nutrition-sensitive programs are critical to aligning and coordinating efforts to scale up nutrition, building the evidence base, and maintaining momentum that has been reached. Especially in the context of the development of the post2015 agenda on hunger food security and nutrition it is vital that we keep pushing for the inclusion of this aspect.

 

Key policy decisions on how much, when, where, and how to invest in nutrition-sensitive development will be facilitated by reaching a consensus on definitions.

 

As food for thought I would like to share with you Bread for the World Institute's effort to build some consensus and get policy makers and program implementers "on the same page", Implementing Nutrition-Sensitive Development: Reaching Consensus