A woman is holding her young son in her left arm and a cup of milk in her right had. She is wearing a blue patterned sari and the boy is wearing a read and blue colored long sleeve shirt.
Photo Credit: Asafuzzaman Captain for ACDI/VOCA

The U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan (GNCP) 2021–2026, launched ahead of the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit, comes at an opportune time as COVID-19 and other global shocks continue to threaten progress towards achieving nutrition goals around the world. USAID Advancing Nutrition provides knowledge management support to this interagency effort, designed to strengthen the impact of the U.S. Government’s diverse nutrition investments to better link emerging research to program implementation and improve communication and collaboration across agencies.

Building on the first five-year iteration of the GNCP, the next phase of interagency coordination includes:

  1. A new senior nutrition champions group to provide strategic direction and further elevate nutrition.
  2. Expected results to promote accountability in achieving the Coordination Plan’s purpose.
  3. A revised operational structure to respond to evolving and unprecedented challenges in global nutrition.

During the official N4G side-event launch of the plan, senior nutrition champions from the 12 agencies involved in the plan overviewed the six key nutrition priorities it addresses, including breastfeeding and complementary feeding, prevention and management of wasting, micronutrient sufficiency, and maternal nutrition. USAID Chief Nutritionist Shawn Baker also spoke to the level of collaboration that went into the Plan: “The level of input, from the broader nutrition community [and] from within this amazing array of departments and agencies in the U.S. Government that contribute to nutrition, has been really remarkable. I think it has greatly enriched the plan and brought the best of what U.S. leadership at large can do for nutrition.”

Following the launch of the plan, USAID Advancing Nutrition hosted a nutrition Twitter Chat focused on the six priorities included in the plan.