SUN Business Network Regional Workshop: Eastern & Southern Africa

10-12 June, 2015

The SUN Business Network (SBN) held its first regional workshop in Eastern & Southern Africa on ‘Understanding the Role of Business in Nutrition’, over 100 delegates from 19 SUN countries in the region attended, including SUN Business Network members, civil society, UN Agencies and Donors.

There is growing interest in SUN countries in engaging business in a multi-stakeholder approach to scaling up nutrition. SBN’s workshop focussed on how business can support scaling up nutrition in Agriculture, Large Scale Fortification, Innovations & Local Solutions and Nutrition in the Workplace. The workshop also included presentations from Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia SUN Business Networks on how they are developing their national business engagement strategies.

The workshop addressed how business impacts on nutrition across the food system, and through nutrition sensitive sectors, and included partnership models with business to support governments and other actors to achieve their national nutrition goals.

Speakers included global business leaders from UNGA and Shallem Investments (Kenya), Samil Industrial (Sudan), BASF, DSM, TetraLaval and GSMA, who stressed the need for the private sector for a multisector approach. Monica Musonda, CEO of Java Foods (Zambia), urged SUN countries that ‘we cannot leave the private sector behind if we are to achieve nutrition goals’. Representatives from World Vision, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Alive & Thrive and BSR HerProject also presented on how to partner with business.

SUN countries were asked to identify the priority areas and sectors where they wanted to focus business engagement within their countries. This included:

  • Agriculture – 10 countries
  • Fortification – 9 countries
  • Mining – 2 countries
  • Telecom/Mobile – 7 countries
  • Finance – 5 countries
  • Nutrition research/technology – 4 countries
  • Media/marketing/behavior change – 4 countries
  • Workplace/breastfeeding – 1 country

 The following areas were identified by SUN countries as requiring further support as they deepen private sector engagement moving forward:

  • Clear standards and guidelines for private sector engagement – 7 countries
  • Resources and capacity, and need for alignment between sectors and stakeholders – 10 countries
  • Trust – 5 countries
  • High-level government leadership – 5 countries
  • Information sharing – 8 countries
  • Sensitize business (particularly local business) to the importance of nutrition and value of the SUN platform – 10 countries
  • Better understanding of business perspective and incentives and demonstrate business case – 11 countries
  • Promote business engagement and engage in advocacy (incl. with business leaders) – 6 countries

The SUN Business Network is working with the Sun Secretariat to respond to these requests for support, and support the countries in their priority areas of engagement.

Presentations

Jonathan Tench (SUN Business Network): SBN_JonathanTench_Session 1

Agriculture and Nutrition

Mawuli Sablah (FAO, Ghana): Engaging Businesses in SUN Country National Nutrition Strategies’

Morgan Tinnberg (Tetra Laval): Tetra Laval Dairy Hub Business Model – Improving nutrition in Bangladesh

Scaling up large scale food fortification

Greg Garret (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition): The Private Sector & Food Fortification

Innovations and local solutions for nutrition

Kelly Aburi (Children’s Investement Fund Foundation): CIFF: How to engage business in SUN country National Nutrition Strategies

Erwan Chapuis (PlumpyField Network): Local Solutions to Fight Malnutrition

Marti Van Liere (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition): Infant and Young Child Feeding

Heidi Lee Robertson (DSM): Micronutrient Powders

Strengthening nutrition in the workplace

Laura Kiige (UNICEF Kenya): Workplace support for breastfeeding in Kenya

Lauren Shields (BSR HERproject): HERproject Workplace Programs

Roger Mathisen (Alive & Thrive): Breastfeeding: How can we make it work

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SUN countries discussing the priority areas and sectors where they want to focus business engagement within their countries

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Panel discussion with SBN country facilitators on building a private sector engagement strategy

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Over 100 delegates from 19 SUN countries in the region attended the Workshop on Strengthening Effective Engagement to Scale Up Nutrition, including SUN Business Network members, civil society, UN Agencies and Donors

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Interview with Monica Musonda, CEO, Java Foods, Zambia

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Panel discussion on strengthening nutrition in the workplace 

See the summary report from the UNICEF ESARO, SUN Secretariat and SUN Business Network joint workshop on Strengthening Effective Engagement to Scale up Nutrition: SBN Workshop ES Africa Report June 2015

SUN Business Network Regional Workshop: Eastern & Southern Africa

10-12 June, 2015

The SUN Business Network (SBN) held its first regional workshop in Eastern & Southern Africa on ‘Understanding the Role of Business in Nutrition’, over 100 delegates from 19 SUN countries in the region attended, including SUN Business Network members, civil society, UN Agencies and Donors.

There is growing interest in SUN countries in engaging business in a multi-stakeholder approach to scaling up nutrition. SBN’s workshop focussed on how business can support scaling up nutrition in Agriculture, Large Scale Fortification, Innovations & Local Solutions and Nutrition in the Workplace. The workshop also included presentations from Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia SUN Business Networks on how they are developing their national business engagement strategies.

The workshop addressed how business impacts on nutrition across the food system, and through nutrition sensitive sectors, and included partnership models with business to support governments and other actors to achieve their national nutrition goals.

Speakers included global business leaders from UNGA and Shallem Investments (Kenya), Samil Industrial (Sudan), BASF, DSM, TetraLaval and GSMA, who stressed the need for the private sector for a multisector approach. Monica Musonda, CEO of Java Foods (Zambia), urged SUN countries that ‘we cannot leave the private sector behind if we are to achieve nutrition goals’. Representatives from World Vision, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Alive & Thrive and BSR HerProject also presented on how to partner with business.

SUN countries were asked to identify the priority areas and sectors where they wanted to focus business engagement within their countries. This included:

  • Agriculture – 10 countries
  • Fortification – 9 countries
  • Mining – 2 countries
  • Telecom/Mobile – 7 countries
  • Finance – 5 countries
  • Nutrition research/technology – 4 countries
  • Media/marketing/behavior change – 4 countries
  • Workplace/breastfeeding – 1 country

 The following areas were identified by SUN countries as requiring further support as they deepen private sector engagement moving forward:

  • Clear standards and guidelines for private sector engagement – 7 countries
  • Resources and capacity, and need for alignment between sectors and stakeholders – 10 countries
  • Trust – 5 countries
  • High-level government leadership – 5 countries
  • Information sharing – 8 countries
  • Sensitize business (particularly local business) to the importance of nutrition and value of the SUN platform – 10 countries
  • Better understanding of business perspective and incentives and demonstrate business case – 11 countries
  • Promote business engagement and engage in advocacy (incl. with business leaders) – 6 countries

The SUN Business Network is working with the Sun Secretariat to respond to these requests for support, and support the countries in their priority areas of engagement.

Presentations

Jonathan Tench (SUN Business Network): SBN_JonathanTench_Session 1

Agriculture and Nutrition

Mawuli Sablah (FAO, Ghana): Engaging Businesses in SUN Country National Nutrition Strategies’

Morgan Tinnberg (Tetra Laval): Tetra Laval Dairy Hub Business Model – Improving nutrition in Bangladesh

Scaling up large scale food fortification

Greg Garret (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition): The Private Sector & Food Fortification

Innovations and local solutions for nutrition

Kelly Aburi (Children’s Investement Fund Foundation): CIFF: How to engage business in SUN country National Nutrition Strategies

Erwan Chapuis (PlumpyField Network): Local Solutions to Fight Malnutrition

Marti Van Liere (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition): Infant and Young Child Feeding

Heidi Lee Robertson (DSM): Micronutrient Powders

Strengthening nutrition in the workplace

Laura Kiige (UNICEF Kenya): Workplace support for breastfeeding in Kenya

Lauren Shields (BSR HERproject): HERproject Workplace Programs

Roger Mathisen (Alive & Thrive): Breastfeeding: How can we make it work

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SUN countries discussing the priority areas and sectors where they want to focus business engagement within their countries

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Panel discussion with SBN country facilitators on building a private sector engagement strategy

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Over 100 delegates from 19 SUN countries in the region attended the Workshop on Strengthening Effective Engagement to Scale Up Nutrition, including SUN Business Network members, civil society, UN Agencies and Donors

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Interview with Monica Musonda, CEO, Java Foods, Zambia

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Panel discussion on strengthening nutrition in the workplace 

See the summary report from the UNICEF ESARO, SUN Secretariat and SUN Business Network joint workshop on Strengthening Effective Engagement to Scale up Nutrition: SBN Workshop ES Africa Report June 2015

SBN Workshop ES Africa Report June 2015
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