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Businesses gang up to fight malnutrition

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By Taonga Sabola:

BWEMBA—We must work together

The country’s private sector players have ganged up to form a grouping called the Scaling up nutrition Business Network (SBN) which will spearhead the fight against malnutrition in the country.

SBN Chairperson, Oswald Bwemba, said on Friday, the network would be officially launched on Wednesday.

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Bwemba said SBN is the only dedicated global platform for business and nutrition, with the aim of reducing malnutrition in all its forms

He said SBN is co-convened by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (Gain) and World Food Programme (WFP).

Bwemba said SBN would have three key objectives which would include mobilising businesses to contribute towards the reduction of malnutrition, in all forms; making good nutrition aspirational, accessible, affordable and available for the consumer; as well as building the case for greater business engagement in nutrition among all stakeholders.

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“The challenges we face today require us to work together, with partners. Alone, nobody will be able to end malnutrition. This needs to be a joint effort of governments, civil society, the private sector and international agencies.

“This is what is reflected in National Multisector Nutrition Policy. Let us not forget that businesses thrive when they operate in healthy communities. Successful businesses need to see a direct commercial linkage between their contribution to the health and well-being of the communities within which they operate and their business performance. Nutrition and business is a win-win deal,” Bwemba said.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, has at its heart 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which include improved nutrition under goal number

Malawi is one of the early Scaling up Nutrition (Sun) risers through its membership to the Sun framework in 2011.

Malawi became a signatory to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in 2013 to support the scaling-up of improved nutrition outcomes. Nutrition is also listed among the top six priorities under MGDS 3.

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