Leverage on comparative advantage to accelerate nutrition growth – JICA

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To achieve the global nutrition agenda, every partner organisation must recognise and leverage on each other’s strength and comparative advantage.

That’s according to the President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Shinichi Kitaoka, at the Toykyo Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021.

“…to achieve the global nutrition agenda, not all partner organisations conduct the same activities but rather they focus their activities where they have comparative advantage.

Mr Kitaoka emphasised that recognising each other’s strength will help bring about the best outcomes in sustainable nutrition agenda.

“…to establish these types of partnerships, organisations must share information and knowledge with each other.”

For example, in Ghana, JICA used it expertise in maternal and child health to partner UNICEF employed digital technologies to work together to achieve its goals. 

The high-level side event on the Nutrition for Growth Summit was focused on Human Security and Nutrition.

It brought together high-level leaders from partner organisations to discuss ways to address the double burden of malnutrition through realisation of collective impact.

Nutrition improvement is a challenge that requires collaborative activities in a wide range of sectors such as health, agriculture and food security, water and sanitation, and education. 

Therefore, in order to realize collective impact towards the achievement of global goals going forward, it is required to strengthen cooperation with global development partners for addressing malnutrition, which generates a better outcome that cannot be achieved by only a single stakeholder. 

Vice President of Human Development at the World Bank Group, Mamta Murthi, revealed the WBG had partnered with private sector in Japan that has brought some 150 million nutrition boards.

For here, all hands must be on deck if the global nutrition objectives must be met.

“…we need all hands-on deck between global and country level authorities, between public and private sectors, between food producing companies and communities …”

The Executive Director of UN Children Fund, Henrietta Fore, revealed that the UNICEF will work with government and partners to improve the quality of children food and diets.

“ we are grateful for the effort of JICA. UNICEF’s new 10-year nutrition strategy aims to consolidate the gains and ensure progress towards achieving the SDG nutrition targets.”

150 million children under five years are stunted, 46 million are wasted and 49 million are overweight.

For Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer for the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), implementing multi-sectoral partnerships are critical to achieve the global nutrition agenda.

“when the conducive political environment exists, and mulit-sectoriality is looked at in implementable way and partnerships are pleasant, then we have a coherent strategy in other to tackle the challenges of malnutrition,” he said.

He added that, “we do call on partners such as JICA to support the implementation of guidelines from 2022 onwards…”.

Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Dr Qu Dongyu, said to have a world free from hunger, it imperative that partner organisations worked together in coherent manner.

“we need more donors from developed nations because still a lot of the OECD countries have not reach the 0.7 percent of the GNP to support developing countries”.


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December 27, 2021

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