A mother feeds fortified porridge to her baby in Lwanda, Kenya.
Photo Credit: Fintrac Inc./Feed the Future

The Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Year of Action Launch Event last December marked the beginning of a year-long effort to galvanize action for nutrition. Ending malnutrition in all its forms by 2030, a target set forth by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the UN Call to Action on Nutrition prompted this global initiative, creating an opportunity for individuals, communities, government stakeholders, and global leaders to step up to the challenge of ensuring everyone has access to safe, affordable and nutritious foods. 

Culminating a Year of Action on nutrition, punctuated by the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit and Summit, the N4G Summit brought together stakeholders from across sectors to mobilize financial and political commitments for nutrition. The event took place in Tokyo from December 7-8, 2021. Three focus areas guided commitment-making at the Summit—

  1. Health: Integrating nutrition into Universal Health Coverage. 
  2. Food: Transforming the food system, so it promotes safe, sustainable, and healthy foods to support people and planet.
  3. Resilience: Effectively addressing malnutrition in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, supporting resiliency.

In addition to securing commitments for nutrition, the N4G Summit highlighted the critical role food, health, and humanitarian systems play in delivering good nutrition for everyone. At USAID Advancing Nutrition, we examine individuals at each level of these systems, including planners, implementers, providers or clients and consumers. What each person does as an individual—and collectively in groups, communities, and institutions—matters for nutrition outcomes. Drawing insights from experiences, as well as social and behavioral sciences, can help us better support people seeking to make a positive impact on their own systems and environment.

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