- More than 100 private sector companies
- 70% of members are SMEs
- Coordinated by the Prime Minister’s Office
SUN Business Network in the National Nutrition Framework for Tanzania
The Government of Tanzania, working with partners, came up with a detailed 5-year National Multisectoral Nutrition Action Plan (NMNAP 2016/17-20/21) in which it identifies the roles of multiple sectors and for the first time, explicitly prioritizes the role of the private sector. This was indeed unprecedented in that the plan recognised the critical role played by the private sector in nutrition action. The innovations which the private sector provide, in terms of processing, distribution, marketing as well as financing, are impressive. Indeed, the government proposes in NMNAP that at least 10% of NMNAP’s budget to implement the plan should be covered by the private sector. The President’s Office in Charge of Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG) is the key fulcrum for NMNAP’s implementation while overall coordination falls under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC) provides technical guidance and leadership for the implementation of the strategy The high level steering committee for nutrition, the multisectoral nutrition working group and the regional and district multisectoral steering committees for nutrition are critical platforms in the overall coordination and implementation. SBN has allied closely with these government institutions.
The SUN Business Network (SBN) Tanzania, coordinated under the PMO with other SUN networks, is the conduit through which the government of Tanzania has decided to engage private sector for nutrition action. SBN Tanzania, which is locally coordinated by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) has worked closely with stakeholders to ensure that private sector voices are included in the plan and is tasked to catalyse/design, sequence and prioritise sustainable business interventions and investments for business action in support of government nutrition priorities as articulated in the NMNAP, in order to improve the availability and affordability of nutritious foods and food products to consumers in Tanzania.
To date, more than 100 private sector companies have registered under SBN, many of them with clear commitments to improve nutrition in the country. Although these companies are comprised of multinational, national and regional/SMEs companies, SMEs form the greatest proportion with over 70% of membership.
In addition to government ties, SBN TZ also boasts partnerships with national business associations to promote nutrition: TAHA , SAGCOT , TASPA , NFFA . The network is currently working with the Tanzania national business council to recruit regional branches as platforms.
SBN Tanzania has made a deliberate decision to take the network to regional platforms to bring the network closer to the point of action. In this regard, we have held several regional meetings with businesses including roundtable discussions with business CEOs to rally them for nutrition action. We shall be doing more of this, alongside the above-mentioned business council approach, starting at national level and then rolling out to more, if not all, regions of Tanzania.