Nourishing Assam: A Call for a Women Led Nutrition Revolution
The launch of the long awaited National Nutrition Mission(NNM) with a mandate on JAN ANDOLAN and SOCIAL AUDIT has created a great momentum to transform the nutrition landscape in the country. Assam’s WILL to Deliver and Transform the nutrition landscape in line with Government of India vision for a Mission Malnutrition Free India – 2022 is also worth mentioning and the state has already demonstrated political and policy level will to take the agenda forward.
However, after the declaration of NNM there has been a lot of curiosity among the civil society organisations (CSO) to know and understand the JAN ANDOLAN and how CSOs can contribute to that especially in Assam. The Coalition in collaboration with Voluntary Health Association of India and GHAROA, Assam had organised a consultation on Nourishing Assam: A Call for a Women Led Nutrition Revolution on March 15, 2017 in New Delhi which was designed to address queries, ignite thoughts around the JAN ANDOLAN, learn from best practices and outline strategies and pathways to realise the vision of the NNM and more specifically making nutrition a peoples’ movement having women at the forefront. Other than Civil Societies, donor partners line BMGF, GIZ, ICCo actively represented in the consultation, shared their own experiences and suggested to take up evidence based measures to address malnutrition and make Assam a role model for replication.