Business and Scaling Up Nutrition in Tanzania

15 January 2014

The Government of Tanzania and SUN Business Network, launched a multi-stakeholder consultation process (January, 15th 2014) to integrate business into Tanzania’s National Nutrition Strategy (NNS). 100 representatives of business, media, NGO, UN agencies, Aid Donors community attended, including over 60 companies, all national business, with two multinationals (DSM and GSMA).

To inform the meeting, SUN Business Network produced a report on opportunities for scaling up nutrition in Tanzania with business (Click here to download).

The convening was led by the Office of the Prime Minister in Tanzania.

 

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Dr Turuka, Permanent Secretary from the Office of the Prime Minister speaking to Tanzanian and East African media about the need to engage business in Tanzania’s National Nutrition Strategy. 

 

Dr. Florens Turuka, Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office outlined Tanzania’s high level political commitment, both from the President and Prime Minister to the NNS and stated that society and business in Tanzania will benefit if private sector plays a role in tackling undernutrition and increasing the country’s productivity. The Government of Tanzania called for:

  • The success in salt iodisation to be replicated in fortifying maize and wheat flour, rice and edible oils
  • Business, SMEs in particular, to articulate what incentives will get them involved
  • Greater integration of nutrition in agriculture. Growth in this sector is not having the desired impact on nutrition, targeted interventions are needed.
  • Business to play its part in consumer behaviour change and increasing demand for nutritious products

 

Key issues raised by business representatives, and partners from Donor, UN and Civil Society networks included:

  • The need to address the rural issue, where undernutrition is greatest, this must involve donors, CSOs and businesses (Multinational, National and SMEs) working closely together in farming communities
  • Role for mobile technology in consumer behaviour change due to the increasing reach of mobile tech into urban and rural communities
  • A call for Tanzania to play a leading role in building and sharing new program and partnership models to achieve food and nutrition security which can be replicated in other Grow Africa Countries
  • Opportunities to leverage institutional demand of nutritious foods to incentivise local business to fortify supply

 

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Over 100 partners from NGOs, aid agencies and business gathered at the launch in Dar es Salaam

 Next steps:

In a Call to Action, Obey Assery, Prime Minister’s Office and SUN Focal Point outlined plans to develop three streams of work (with wide consultation) to integrate business into the NNS:

  • Integrating agriculture and nutrition in SAGCOT
  • Prioritizing interventions and forming new partnerships in food fortification and fortified food supplements
  • Engaging business to build demand for nutrition

Over the next several months, these consultations will lead to concrete action and investment plans with clear roles for different development partners.

 

For more information please contact SUN Business Network Manager, Jonathan Tench, jtench@gainhealth.org

 

This meeting summary can be downloaded here.

 

Main image: Multinational and national businesses joined our panel discussing how business and government could learn to work together to scale up nutrition in Tanzania. Participants included (from left), Mr. Obey Assery, Director, Department of Coordination of Government Business, Office of the Prime Minister, Marjon Tuinsma, Country Director, Helen Keller International Craig Friderichs, Program Director, GSMA Mobile for Development, Fatma Ryiami, Chief Executive, NatureRipe, Chair Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Anna Temu, Chief Executive, Power Foods and CJ Jones, Senior Private Sector Adviser, East Africa, GAIN.

Business and Scaling Up Nutrition in Tanzania

15 January 2014

The Government of Tanzania and SUN Business Network, launched a multi-stakeholder consultation process (January, 15th 2014) to integrate business into Tanzania’s National Nutrition Strategy (NNS). 100 representatives of business, media, NGO, UN agencies, Aid Donors community attended, including over 60 companies, all national business, with two multinationals (DSM and GSMA).

To inform the meeting, SUN Business Network produced a report on opportunities for scaling up nutrition in Tanzania with business (Click here to download).

The convening was led by the Office of the Prime Minister in Tanzania.

 

SBN_Tanzania_2_homepage

Dr Turuka, Permanent Secretary from the Office of the Prime Minister speaking to Tanzanian and East African media about the need to engage business in Tanzania’s National Nutrition Strategy. 

 

Dr. Florens Turuka, Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office outlined Tanzania’s high level political commitment, both from the President and Prime Minister to the NNS and stated that society and business in Tanzania will benefit if private sector plays a role in tackling undernutrition and increasing the country’s productivity. The Government of Tanzania called for:

  • The success in salt iodisation to be replicated in fortifying maize and wheat flour, rice and edible oils
  • Business, SMEs in particular, to articulate what incentives will get them involved
  • Greater integration of nutrition in agriculture. Growth in this sector is not having the desired impact on nutrition, targeted interventions are needed.
  • Business to play its part in consumer behaviour change and increasing demand for nutritious products

 

Key issues raised by business representatives, and partners from Donor, UN and Civil Society networks included:

  • The need to address the rural issue, where undernutrition is greatest, this must involve donors, CSOs and businesses (Multinational, National and SMEs) working closely together in farming communities
  • Role for mobile technology in consumer behaviour change due to the increasing reach of mobile tech into urban and rural communities
  • A call for Tanzania to play a leading role in building and sharing new program and partnership models to achieve food and nutrition security which can be replicated in other Grow Africa Countries
  • Opportunities to leverage institutional demand of nutritious foods to incentivise local business to fortify supply

 

SBN_Tanzania_3_homepage

Over 100 partners from NGOs, aid agencies and business gathered at the launch in Dar es Salaam

 Next steps:

In a Call to Action, Obey Assery, Prime Minister’s Office and SUN Focal Point outlined plans to develop three streams of work (with wide consultation) to integrate business into the NNS:

  • Integrating agriculture and nutrition in SAGCOT
  • Prioritizing interventions and forming new partnerships in food fortification and fortified food supplements
  • Engaging business to build demand for nutrition

Over the next several months, these consultations will lead to concrete action and investment plans with clear roles for different development partners.

 

For more information please contact SUN Business Network Manager, Jonathan Tench, jtench@gainhealth.org

 

This meeting summary can be downloaded here.

 

Main image: Multinational and national businesses joined our panel discussing how business and government could learn to work together to scale up nutrition in Tanzania. Participants included (from left), Mr. Obey Assery, Director, Department of Coordination of Government Business, Office of the Prime Minister, Marjon Tuinsma, Country Director, Helen Keller International Craig Friderichs, Program Director, GSMA Mobile for Development, Fatma Ryiami, Chief Executive, NatureRipe, Chair Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Anna Temu, Chief Executive, Power Foods and CJ Jones, Senior Private Sector Adviser, East Africa, GAIN.

SUN Business Network Tanzania Multistakeholder Event Summary 2014
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