On 13 October 2016, the European Union Delegation and World Food Programme hosted a Business Leaders Networking Cocktail to establish the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network at the country level in Laos. Among the attendees were Vice-Minister, Ministry of Health and Chair of the National Nutrition Committee, Assoc. Prof. Dr Phouthone Moungpak, European Union Ambassador to Laos, Leo Faber and WFP Country Director, Ms Sarah Gordon-Gibson, as well as almost 100 representatives from government line agencies, businesses, donors and other development agencies, civil society and academia attended the event held at the European Union Delegation in Vientiane last week.

"The main purpose of this Senior Business Leaders Networking event is to have an informal exchange with senior business leaders on how Lao-based companies could do things differently by more actively joining the Government efforts to fight malnutrition based on each partner's added values and business interests. I sincerely hope that with Lao business joining the government efforts to fight malnutrition we can do it differently and better together," said Mr Faber.

Lao businesses can, for example, play a role in making food more nutritious, affordable and desirable through product and service innovations. Businesses might also have leverage to improve quality in supply and value chains particularly in production, storage and packaging.

In addition to the food sector, other businesses can promote healthy behaviours among their staff through nutrition communication, the promotion or creation of mother and child friendly work environments, supporting nutrition sensitive market based research and building nutrition related business capacity in terms of technology and knowledge transfer.

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24 October 2016
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