Investing in Nutrition 2018 - 2024

GOOD NUTRITION IS THE FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. It is the critical ingredient every one of us needs to survive and to thrive. By 2030, Nutrition International aims to transform the lives of 1 billion people – especially women, adolescent girls and children – by improving their nutritional status.

Our 2018-2024 Strategic Plan, the first of two six-year plans to achieve that goal, details Nutrition International’s approach, interventions and outcomes. The accompanying Investment Case, the first for a nutrition organization, showcases Nutrition International’s low-cost, high-impact approach as well as our health and human capital impacts.

At Nutrition International we believe a better world is possible, but to build it we need to fundamentally change the way we approach development. We need to break down silos, disrupt the status quo, and put the people we serve – and the challenges they face – at the centre of all we do. In essence, we need to do development differently.

At a Glance Strategic Plan Investment Case

What They Said

Robert Black

Director and Professor at the Institute for International Programs of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Nutrition International’s investment case presents an ambitious and achievable roadmap for accelerating SDG progress. It is built around a high-quality, technical approach that draws on concrete evidence of what works in nutrition and I am proud to have been a part of its development.

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Pam Damoff

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health (Oakville North–Burlington)

Nutrition is fundamental in ensuring the development of vibrant societies. If children do not receive proper nutrition in their first 1,000 days of life their development is irreversibly stunted and they will never be able to catch up with their peers who have been nourished properly since birth. I am proud that Canada is taking action to ensure that more children all around the globe get the nutrition and the start at life they deserve.

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The Honourable Maryam Monsef

Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

Nutrition International is a multilateral nutrition organization delivering impact on a global scale for those in need. We welcome this investment case because it is exactly the kind of costed, evidence-base plan we need if we are to achieve concrete progress towards the global goals. Through Nutrition International, Canada is ensuring that millions of people, particularly women and girls, have the nutrition they need to grow, to learn and to lead.

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Suprotik Basu

Founder & Partner, Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital

Nutrition International has created a powerful investment case that will save lives, improve quality of life, and build the capacity of countries to lead their own fight against malnutrition.

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Katja Iversen

CEO, Women Deliver

One billion women and girls are malnourished – undermining their health, power and potential. Nutrition International, through its commitment to improve girls’ and women's nutrition globally, is working to unlock that power and that potential to the benefit of all. Congratulations Canada for leading the way. Women Deliver is honoured to be a partner of Canada and Nutrition International and a collaborator in these efforts.

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Joanne Carter

Executive Director, RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund (REF)

Investing in nutrition and promoting gender equality is not only right, it’s smart. Empowered healthy girls and women will help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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Vivian Onano

Social Entrepreneur

The voices of too many women and girls are missing from the global conversation because malnutrition is holding them back. When girls are well-nourished their potential to dream, to learn and to lead is unlocked, as is the possibility for a better future for all.

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David de Ferranti

Board Chair, Nutrition International

Nutrition International has created an audacious, first of its kind investment case designed to have a significant impact on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. While bold, the organization’s recognized leadership, technical expertise and global influence put its targets well within reach.

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Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda

Former President of the Republic of Malawi

When women and girls have full and equitable access to good nutrition they are better able to go to school, to complete their education and contribute more to the global economy. When women and girls are healthy and well-nourished, they can break down cycles of poverty and inequality and create a better world for everyone.

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Our Impact

Our Strategic Pillars

Cross-cutting Gender Equality

Nutrition International believes that good nutrition and gender equality are mutually reinforcing; improving nutrition is critical to achieving gender equality, and in turn improving gender equality leads to improved nutrition.

Read our Gender Strategy

Stories from the Field

Vitamin A Supplementation

Through the In-Kind Assistance program, NI procures approximately 500 million life-saving high-dose vitamin A capsules every year to children in about 60 countries through UNICEF. NI also works on product development and market shaping around VAS, including improving specifications and quality by collaborating with private sector suppliers.

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Maternal and Newborn Health and Nutrition

Through iron and folic acid supplementation for pregnant women and capacity building of frontline health workers to promote and strengthen the implementation of safe delivery, newborn and postpartum care interventions, NI helps to make pregnancies and deliveries safer — and to improve the survival, nutritional status, growth and development of infants.

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Advocacy for Nutrition

Through advocacy efforts and global awareness campaigns, NI draws attention to the importance of good nutrition in unlocking women and girls’ potential, and works with government to help create environments in which they feel empowered to grow, learn, earn and lead.

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Adolescent Nutrition

NI is a leader in adolescent nutrition, with established weekly iron and folic acid supplementation and nutrition education programs across Asia and Africa. To reach more adolescents, we seek to form innovative partnerships with those working in nutrition-sensitive areas to integrate nutrition into existing platforms.

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Technical Assistance

NI actively seeks to identify gaps and provide timely, coordinated and expert support to build the capacity of countries to scale up nutrition interventions. We use a country-driven, coordinated approach to ensure that all partners committed to improving nutrition outcomes are connected and consulted, and that all systems for nutrition delivery are harmonized to achieve maximum impact.

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Food Fortification

Working closely with local and national governments, we fortify staple foods like wheat and maize flour, cooking oil, rice and condiments such as salt with iron, folic acid, zinc and other essential micronutrients in order to help reduce some of the most common micronutrient deficiencies globally in a simple, affordable and effective way.

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Our Track Record

Number of years Nutrition International has been working at the leading edge of nutrition
Number of countries Nutrition International has impact in
Number of child deaths prevented thanks to Nutrition International interventions since 1992

Our Work in the World

Nutrition International maintains a country and or regional office and implements a range of nutrition programs in 10 core countries. We are among the largest providers of technical assistance to Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) countries, operating in an additional 11 countries. Nutrition International also procures as much as 75% of the world’s Vitamin A capsules and, through decades-long partnerships, distributes two annual doses in nearly 60 countries.

  • Africa
    • Ethiopia
    • Kenya
    • Nigeria
    • Senegal & Sahel
    • Tanzania
  • Asia
    • Bangladesh
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Pakistan
    • Philippines

Our Partners

Nutrition International works in close partnership with academia, governments, international agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Here are examples of some of our international partners:

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