National Information Platforms for Nutrition
(NIPN) is an initiative of the European Commission to provide support to countries to strengthen their information systems for nutrition and to improve the analysis of data so as to better inform the strategic decisions they are faced with to prevent malnutrition and its consequences
Stakeholders from the NIPN platforms in Niger and Ethiopia were panellists presenting at the Mini-symposium on ‘How to enhance the dialogue between research and policy?’ (SYM 2). While the mini-symposium focused on dialogue between research and decision making in nutrition, the sharing of NIPN experiences enabled the perspectives of national implementers and practitioners to be highlighted, while also teasing out commonalities and differences between research and implementation in addressing decision makers’ needs for information and evidence.
During the past quarter, C4N-NIPN continued to promote and foster experience-sharing of progress through monthly webinars: The 4th webinar of 2020 focused on the policy question process, while the 5th webinar specifically discussed data quality practices, taking advantage of external advice from experts Jeff Leroy (IFPRI) and Elisa Dominguez (WHO), and of the country platforms contributing their experiences of ensuring data quality. The 6th webinar on investment studies and methods benefited from Niger’s recent experiences and the insights of William Knechtel and Mahamadou Kone, both from the SUN Secretariat. The webinars will be uploaded on the NIPN website.
In a virtual session called ‘Better nutrition policy through better use of data’, Guatemala’s Secretary of the High Authority for Food and Nutrition Security discussed progress of implementing the multisectoral information platform at decentralized level, while the NIPN Coordinator from Niger’s National Bureau of Statistics presented the results from the nutrition multisectoral analysis, and discussed how findings have been used to elaborate the national government road map for nutrition. How data can support decision making in food fortification policies and programmes was presented by the Food Fortification Advisory Service (2FAS). This virtual session was co-organized by the C4N-NIPN global support and 2FAS, supported by European Union.