International environment

Global Support Facility

A Global Support Facility (GSF) has been set up by the EU to help each country to develop a National Information Platform for Nutrition and to coordinate the technical assistance and capacity building required. The main role of the GSF is to:

  • Coordinate the initiative within and between countries
  • Support countries to design and establish each NIPN
  • Build capacity and provide technical assistance
  • Link with SUN and other initiatives to ensure coherence

From 2016 to 2019, the GSF has been managed by Agrinatura, the European alliance on agricultural knowledge for development and hosted by Agropolis International in Montpellier, France.

Agropolis International
1000 avenue Agropolis
34394 Montpellier cedex 5
E-mail: gsf_nipn[at]

Expert Advisory Group

The NIPN Expert Advisory Group is composed of technical experts from scientific and international organisations. Its main role is to provide advice on the establishment of NIPNs and on technical aspects about data, analysis and interpretation of results, as well as links to relevant networks of experts and other initiatives.

Composition of the expert Advisory Group
Name Organization
Mercedes de Onis World Health Organization (WHO)
Debora di Dio Scaling-up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat
Sandrine Dury CIRAD – France
Edith Feskens Wageningen University and Research Centre – The Netherlands
Chika Hayashi UNICEF
Rebecca Heidkamp Johns Hopkins University – USA
Purmina Kashyap REACH
Jef Leroy International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Danka Panchova Action Contre la Faim (ACF)
Yves Martin-Prével Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) – France
David Pelletier Cornell University – USA
Jennifer Rosensweig World Food Programme
Jillian Waid Heidelberg University - Germany
Kate Wellard Natural Resources Institute (NRI) – University of Greenwich – UK


The NIPN initiative is driven by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Cooperation and Development and also supported by the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.