Scaling Up Nutrition: A Framework for Action

"Scaling up Nutrition: A Framework for Action" is based on a collaborative effort of a wide range of developing country partners, community service organizations, UN, multilateral and bilateral agencies. An extensive consultation process conducted over a number of months included a series of face to face meetings hosted by the Center for Global Development, the European Commission and the International Conference on Nutrition (ICN), the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN), USAID, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank. Financial support was provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Government of Japan, UNICEF, the Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank.

The brief has no proprietary rights. It is published in the March issue of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (vol. 31, no. 1 2010) and is freely available.

About the Brief

The principal aim of the brief is to catalyze actions to redress the serious neglect of nutrition in development efforts. As such, the intended audience is policy makers and opinion leaders.

Key elements of the brief:

  • An enabling framework with broad and representative endorsement from different constituencies of the international nutrition community
  • A call to make nutrition central to the strategies of other sectors--in particular food security, agriculture, health and social protection
  • The need for a multi-sector approach to realize both nutrition objectives and most of the Millennium Development Goals
  • The need for substantial scaling up of investments in a specific range of exceptionally cost-effective nutrition interventions

To read the brief click here (170 KB PDF).

Call for Endorsements

As part of the call for action, the framework has received endorsements from over 80 agencies from across the world. We would like to take this opportunity to share this brief and hope that on reviewing the brief, your organization would consider endorsing it.

An endorsement by your organization will help to demonstrate the broad consensus among nutrition experts and advocates about what is needed now to address maternal and child under-nutrition.

Your endorsement along with a copy of your institutional logo can be sent to scn@who.int with a copy to Werner Schultink (wschultink@unicef.org).

The deadline for the receipt of endorsements is May 20, 2010.

List of Endorsing Organizations

Over 80 agencies, organizations and institutions have endorsed the policy brief. As endorsements are received, this list will be updated. To view list click here (10 KB PDF).