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Papers/Reports | February 8, 2018

2016 Integrated Nutrition Conference

Responding with the Private Sector for Greater Nutrition Impact, Summary Report

Malnutrition presents significant threats to human health and economic development. Today, the world faces the double burden of malnutrition — undernutrition and obesity — in both developed and developing countries. Solving this problem is complex and cannot be achieved by any one thematic sector; therefore, multi-sectoral and integrated collaborative actions among actors is needed, with the private sector fully engaged alongside nongovernmental organizations, governments, academia, donor agencies and other actors. These partnerships offer enormous potential to innovate across sectors and leverage resources and capabilities for improving the nutrition of vulnerable populations.

The second Integrated Nutrition Conference aimed to shed light on this increasingly important issue of engaging the private sector in improving nutritional outcomes, especially for the poor and malnourished. This issue had arisen during the first Integrated Nutrition Conference, held in Nairobi in September 2015, which focused on new approaches for integrated strategies to improve children’s lives through the first 1000 days of life. In response to the growing call for greater involvement of the private sector in integrated nutrition programs, the second Integrated Nutrition Conference (INC2016) focused on “Responding with the private sector for greater nutrition impact”—the private sector is willing and eager to engage with other stakeholders. The way forward is to then identify and establish mutually beneficial partnerships that support nutrition outcomes. 

  • DAY 1: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2016
    • Conference opening
    • Plenary panel 1: Collaboration across sectors for optimal nutrition: different stakeholders’ perspectives
    • Plenary panel 2: Donor investments that facilitate private sector partnerships with civil society and government for improved nutrition
    • Session A: Partnership models between the private sector and other entities (government, civil society, INGOs, academia) for improved nutrition
    • Session B: Initiatives for ensuring safety, cost-effectiveness and quality of products, services, technology, and practices that meet the nutritional needs of vulnerable populations
    • Session C: Sharing experiences in building the evidence on products, services technologies, and practices that improve outcomes
    • Review of day 1 Collaboration among partners for optimal nutrition: what will keep us awake tonight?
  • DAY 2: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016
    • Plenary panel 3: Collaboration for optimal nutrition: partnership business initiatives
    • Plenary panel 4: Collaboration across sectors for optimal nutrition: policies and the private sector
    • Plenary conversation: Collaboration across sectors for optimal nutrition: food systems and healthy diets
    • Session D: Private sector business models that support nutritional outcomes
    • Session E: Current and promising products, services, technologies, and practices for improved nutrition
    • Day 1: Topics considered and outcomes
    • Day 2: Topics considered and outcomes