CFNS partnered with National Institute for Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, to conduct an insightful webinar on ‘DRR for Business Continuity Towards Zero Hunger’. It was attended by nearly 50 participants including our partners UNICEF India and CIFF and other Coalition members. The webinar threw up some interesting discussion points on continuity of nutrition services in times of disasters. Malnutrition has emerged as a silent emergency over the last two decades. The agenda of community management of malnutrition with collective and concentrated focused action of existing government programs in coherence with the traditional wisdom and local food production and consumption practice provide a sustainable solution to ensuring nutrition security to the nation. Prof. Anil K Gupta, Head ECDRM, NIDM, drew attention to the challenges of food safety, especially during the time of emergency and disaster, and the need for building resilience through capacity building exercises to deal with future challenges. He applauded the Coalition’s commitment towards addressing food and nutrition security and expressed interest for a future collaboration with CFNS to work on policy papers on the interconnectedness between disaster and malnutrition.
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan appreciated the initiatives of Madhya Pradesh govt’s IMAM program, State Nutrition Policy, to fight malnutrition, in a meeting with CFNS Regional Programme Officer Pratibha Chaturvedi. Speaking on the occasion, she said that the food and nutrition board that she worked on should be actively linked with remote communities and promotion of locally available food and recipes should be amplified.
CFNS Board Secretary Ranglal Jamuda & Chief advisor-mentor Basanta Kar called upon Mr Rajesh Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, GoI, to discuss nutrition for industrial workers & importance of nutrition in CSR & private sector to supercharge demographic dividend.
CFNS Board vice chair Mr N.M. Prusty and Chief Advisor and Mentor Mr. Basanta Kar conducted a strategic discussion with HCL foundation on Sample Result Based Management Planning Approach in Nutrition.
The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security’s Madhya Pradesh Regional Programme Officer Pratibha Chaturvedi met Ms Alka Srivastava, Member Secretary, Food Commission, to discuss how Food Security can be strengthened in families with Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) and MAM children.
CFNS carried out the final phase of discussions with CIFF and UNICEF on the result-based work plan to build consensus and knowledge around Community-led management of acute malnutrition in India and strengthen the dialogue around CMAM for SAM in the project states of Jharkhand, Assam and Madhya Pradesh.
CFNS conducted a productive dialogue with UNICEF and CIFF teams to drive a child-centric and community-focused narrative for community based management and treatment of SAM children in India.
Hon’ble Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan’s inspiring vision, WILL to Deliver and Transform the Nutrition Landscape through good governance, skilling human resource,JAN ANDOLAN and finding solutions in an Indian way for a new and progressive India, left a positive impression on the Coalition leadership team in a meeting in New Delhi on March 21, 2018.
Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India laid emphasis on the power of nutrition supercharging demographic dividend, reducing the disease burden and empowering the present and future generations. He also emphasized on focussing first 1000 days of life addressing the immediate and underlying factors, concert convergence across interventions, and effect behavioral change by reviving positive nutrition cultural practices for pregnant women.
Minister expressed his willingness to engage with the Coalition to work on sustainable food and nutrition security.
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 the Government of India’s 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, 2018 in New Delhi which was designed to address all such 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.
Working group meeting held on July 30, 2017 successfuly.