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  • 65 members
  • Convened by GAIN Nigeria
  • Action plans: nutrition awareness and demand creation; agriculture; workforce nutrition
    SUN Business Network Launches in Nigeria - April 2016 :

    Leaders from Government, Civil Society and Donors joined the network as it welcomed 19 companies which have made commitments to join the network and support the Government of Nigeria’s plans to reduce malnutrition. Key actors that have joined the coalition include Dansa Foods, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Nutricima, BASF and several  other organizations, all of which formed the 19 ‘early risers’ committed to investing more resources towards improving nutrition. Business has a key role to play in combating malnutrition through their products and services – and also have an interest in ensuring consumers demand better nutritious products, while growing Nigeria’s economy. Research from IPSOS Healthcare revealed that consumer awareness of the benefits of good nutrition was low and that many Nigerian households lacked diversity in their diets thereby highlighting the need for such research to guide new product formulation and marketing. The SUN Business Network will take forward action plans to build consumer awareness for nutrition and ensure nutrition interventions in the agriculture sector.

    SUN Business Network in collaboration with IPSOS hosts an interactive Workshop 2016:

    In order to explore innovative ways of using market data and consumer insights to strengthen business offerings as well as improve the nutritional status of Nigerians, Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) Nigeria in collaboration with IPSOS Healthcare, organized an interactive workshop titled ‘Using Consumer Insights to Drive Business Success in the Nigerian Market’. The workshop which held in Lagos on the 27th of July, 2016 had in attendance over forty (40) participants from various sectors, including Food and Beverage Companies such as Aace Foods, Dala Foods, Unilever, PZ Industries and Spectra. The goal of the workshop was to equip businesses on how to use market data and consumer insights to develop and strengthen their innovative businesses offerings whilst improving the nutritional status of Nigerians.

    SUN Business Network partners with HarvestPlus on Nutritious Food Fair Nov 2016:

    The Fair which was organized with the aim to fight hidden hunger, increase demand and consumption of nutritious foods, played hosts to about 100 Exhibitors, 5000 attendees, 10 speakers and participants from 10 countries from 9-11 November, 2016.The event aimed to increase the demand and consumption of more nutritious foods; promote and encourage investment in the nutritious food sector and strengthen partnerships between public and private sector stakeholders particularly among farmers, processors, marketers and consumer. The SUN Business Network had a panel discussion session championed by the SBN National Coordinator, Uduak Igbeka but moderated by Prof. Gbenga Ogunmoyela (Professor of Food & Nutrition, Bells University). The discussion topic for the panel session “Business of Nutrition” was carefully dissected by businesses from the Private Sector. There were cooking demonstrations after the panel discussion at the SBN Exhibition Stand, where members of the Network displayed their various nutritious foods.

    SUN Business Network First Members’ Meeting Feb 2017:

    The interest and willingness of the Private Sector to improve the quality of nutrition in Nigeria was visibly evident as the top management representatives participated at the meeting which held at The Regent Luxury Suites, Ikeja, Lagos on the 22nd of February, 2017. The members’ meeting had rich participation ranging from FMCG and CPG brands, SMEs, large-scale farmers, logistics companies, civil society and nutrition experts. With a total of 31 participants, out of which 4 organizations were recruited newly as members into the Network, the meeting served as a platform for SBN to validate their plans for 2017 by highlighting the work-streams and activities that could be implemented in the work-streams. Other major highlights of the meeting include presentations from the Ministry of Budget & National Planning and FHI 360 (Alive & Thrive) on support for workplace breastfeeding.

    SBN partners with AgroNigeria to host the Feed Nigeria Summit May 2017:

    The Feed Nigeria Summit (FNS) which kicked-off on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Grand Ballroom of Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island and ended on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 was organized by AgroNigeria in collaboration with SUN Business Network and other partners, the FNS was an intensely private sector oriented event and created a platform for strategic engagements between the government, various development communities with the private sector players for the progress of Nigerian agricultural industry. The 2-day event was well attended with over 200 delegates cutting across top government executives, private sector stakeholders, exhibitors, as well development and media partners. The Representative of the Vice President of Nigeria, Hajiya Maryam Uwais, (Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments) gave a speech on the critical role of the Private Sector to a successful Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP). Key Note presentations were also made by; Prof. (Fr.) Godfrey Nzamujo, Director, Songhai Centre and Ms. Atsuko Toda, Director, Agric. Finance, African Development Bank, with a goodwill message by Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank, on the reasons why we must feed Nigeria to feed Africa.

    SBN Nutrition Communication and Social Media Marketing Workshop June 2017:

    The Nutrition Communication Workshop was organized by the SUN Business Network, with the aim to increase awareness amongst businesses, especially the SMEs, on the importance of strengthening nutrition literacy on their various social media platforms by crafting the right message for their products, delivering healthy eating messages, understand current trends in food purchase and the socio-environmental influences that determines the consumer’s choice. In a bid to bridge this gap, 65 participants were hosted at the Nutrition Communication and Social Media Marketing Workshop in Lagos. The Workshop which had Mrs. Iquo Ukoh, CEO of Entod Marketing and Founder of 1Q Food Platter as the Lead Speaker also had in attendance; Mr. Ozigi Abulsalam from the (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control - NAFDAC), Dr. Chris Isokpunwu (SUN Focal Point/ Head of Nutrition, Federal Ministry of Health) and Mrs. Margaret Eshiett from the (Standard Organization of Nigeria - SON) to guide the SMEs on National laws and policies on Food regulations, while also giving regulatory insights to the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes (BMS).

    SUN Business Network First Anniversary Event 2017:

    After the launch of the Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) in Nigeria, nutrition stakeholders were hosted to a convening to intimate them of the Network’s progress for the last one year and the plans on taking SBN to the next level with the necessary support from all stakeholders. Thus, the convening was planned to:

  • • Raise awareness of the important role that good nutrition plays in business success and the role that business can play in improving nutrition

  • • Showcase existing nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive projects/products from business members in Nigeria via the marketplace

  • • Highlight the importance of business contribution to nutrition in Nigeria and celebrate the achievements of SUN Business Network Members after one year

  • • Unveil SBN’s 3 years strategy and priority areas of focus

  • • Share how SBN will support members to access finance and support the creation of an enabling environment for business via panel discussions

  • • Highlight how the private sector can and is contributing to the food and nutrition policy

  • • Encourage more private sector companies to sign up to join SBN Nigeria

Useful links and attachments

To view the current list of members in Nigeria, please click here SUN Business Network Nigeria Members

To find out more information about the launch event, please view the Launch Report and the PowerPoint from the event.

To sign up to the Nigeria network, please use this form SBN Nigeria Membership Form .

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