GAIN Symposium
Making a difference in the first 1000 days to improve the lives
of children and women: Advancing nutrition through
innovation and new delivery models
Martin W. Bloem
26 February, 2015
London
Right to Nutrients…
Preventing chronic under nutrition
• Need of children aged 6–24
months for nutrient-dense
foods is very specific (Paul
Murphy)
• These needs are difficult to
meet from local foods for large
segments of the world
population (Jessica Johnston)
• Current solutions do not
address the complex challenges
(Shawn Baker)
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Panel 4: Leveraging new partnerships and resources
within a complex nutrition environment
3
Panel 1: Global challenges around IYCN and effective
delivery of interventions
• Emphasis on and linkages between under and over nutrition
• Local production and use of specialized foods
4
Panel 2: Reducing barriers to market success through
innovations in multi-channel delivery of interventions
No one single model or one single actor can provide the solutions:
WFP & CHAI: improving access
and availability
WPF & CHAI have partnered to:
• Develop a nutritious product
that can be produced locally in
Eastern Africa1 (SC+)
• Engage the private sector and
governments to invest in the
development of factories for
SC+1
• Engage smallholder farmers
through WFP’s Purchase for
Progress (P4P) initiative to
procure raw ingredients
Governments: scaling up
through safety nets
WFP is supporting governments
in scaling up malnutrition
prevention through safety nets
• Integrating nutrition into
existing safety nets by
providing complementary
foods for children 6-23 mo.
through government social
protection platforms
• Target vulnerable children
most at-risk of stunting
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1. In Rwanda and Ethiopia
Panel 3: Creating demand for nutrition through product
innovation and behaviour change
Increasing use of cash and vouchers:
WFP’s experience
Actual Expenditure (USD million)
600
Important considerations
• Availability of the right products in
the markets
500
• Empowerment to make the right
choices and prioritize needs
400
300
• Greater integration into national
social protection schemes
200
• Increased responsiveness and
flexibility to context-specific needs
100
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2008
Total
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
Without Syrian regional response
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Conclusions: Action does not need the perfect solution,
on-going learning is essential (Iulian Circo)
Panels
Summary
• We need to start with locally grown and locally produced foods,
but in many cases local diets alone cannot solve malnutrition
Global challenges • To prevent stunting we need solutions that deliver the nutrients
a child needs in the first 1,000 days
• Products have a role to play when local diets are inadequate
Barriers to
market success
• Private sector has a role in producing good quality products and
marketing them ethically
• Models that combine public and private delivery and use
integrated approaches are most likely to succeed as part of a
whole systems approach
• Sustainable model relies on creating and sustaining demand
Creating demand • Local needs and preferences are imperative
• Information must be available to make the best decisions
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Martin Bloem - Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition