To work towards the goal of nutrition security, a diverse group of national leaders have united to form the Coalition for Sustainable Nutrition Security in India under the leadership of Professor MS Swaminathan. The members of the Coalition include Government Ministers and senior Government officials, representatives from the Planning Commission, academia, NGOs, national and international development partners, private sector and media representatives. The Coalition serves as a unique platform bringing together key stakeholders to advocate for improved nutrition policies and programs in India.
The Coalition was formed following a large consultation on nutrition security held at the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai in August 2007. It began its efforts by requesting a diverse group of experts to review the evidences and the situation in India on the food and nutrition front and prepare a Leadership Agenda for Action (LAA). The LAA document provided the policy and programme leaders with the most effective, evidence based recommendations to improve nutrition security in India. Since 2010, the Coalition is advocating and supporting the implementation of the recommendations from the LAA. The Coalition Secretariat was housed in Intrahealth International till 2010, as a part of VISTAAR project supported by USAID. From 2010 to 2015 Coalition Secretariat was housed in Save the Children India. The Coalition started working independently from November 2015.
The Coalition has now entered its second decade as a platform for members to collaborate and achieve the common vision of sustainable food and nutrition security for all. Today, it has 120 paid members spanning over 14 states of India and thousands of well-wishers and supporters across the globe. It has facilitated multiple cross group collaborations, dialogues between subject matter experts, policy leaders and agencies and successfully transformed the leadership agenda of action. The advocacy efforts have made significant achievements in influencing key policy decisions including the Food Security Law, ICDS restructuring, the 12th five-year plan, increasing accountability through State Food Commission, Food Fortification policy and National Nutrition Mission. The Coalition believes that there is a real opportunity, given its inherent strength as a multi-stakeholder alliance with a governing body comprising of thought and policy leaders, to transform the food and nutrition landscape.