On October 29-31, 2014, the World Bank hosted a knowledge sharing and learning event that brought together the South Asia’s Food and Nutrition & Security Initiative (SAFANSI) and the Business, Enterprise, and Employment Support for Women in South Asia (GFA) to discuss Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) and to learn about some social enterprises run by women that are promoting FNS. The 3-day event in New Delhi started by exploring activities starting from national dialogue, to integrating nutrition in non-nutrition-focused projects, to developing tools for practitioners, to measuring nutritional status and program impact for better decision making.
Since its inception in 2010, SAFANSI has financed close to 50 grants for advocacy, analysis, and capacity development on FNS. In that time, SAFANSI teams have worked from the national to the community level; examined the issue of women’s agency; started assessing the impact of investments and conditional cash transfer programs; developed tools for practitioners; promoted fisheries for nutrition, and much more. This workshop was one attempt to bring together the SAFANSI teams to discuss their work, identify areas of convergence and divergence, and see what questions should be answered in the upcoming SAFANSI phase 2.
The nutrition team of Nepal --- Bert Voetberg, Preeti Kudesia, and Manav Bhattarai --- opened the event by showcasing their work under the SUNITA window of SAFANSI. The team supported the secretariat in the National Planning Commission to coordinate all ministries contribution to nutrition, helped local governments and communities in multi-sectoral nutrition programs, reviewed the infant and young child feeding (IYCF) program, created detailed information on malnutrition at the district and sub-district levels, supported community-based behavior change for nutrition improvement, and community capacity building for improved nutrition using a rapid results approach. Through a series of grants, the Nepal program created an integrated treatment to malnutrition from the national to the community level.