by Priya Bapat, Humanitas Global
This month, Devex, in partnership with ACDI/VOCA, Chemonics, Fintrac, GAIN, Nestle, and Tetra Tech, launched the Feeding Development campaign, an online conversation to elevate the dialogue around building a food-secure future.
Through a combination of social media platform, including Twitter and Facebook, the Feeding Development campaign aimed to start conversations around four core themes: environment, land rights, supply chains, and nutrition.
In addition to digital rallies and online conversations via the #feedingdev tag, Devex also featured a number of op-eds from influential thought leaders in the food and nutrition security worlds, including Humanitas Global's President & CEO Nabeeha M. Kazi. In her piece, she writes on the importance of taking our knowledge on health and nutrition and translating it into actions and messages that "stick":
When we talk about building pathways toward progress, feeding and nourishing those who are most vulnerable must take center stage. Poor nutrition is entirely preventable, yet continues to cause 45 percent of deaths in children under the age of 5. Nutrition is not only central to feeding development, but is also central to life.
Our experience base to tackle malnutrition is vast. We have a global focus to end hunger and malnutrition through efforts such as Scaling Up Nutrition, 1,000 Days and the U.N. Zero Hunger Challenge, among others. We have research and data that validate what should be implemented. We have examples of how nutrition initiatives can be integrated into broader development programs. So why is the world still hungry and malnourished? And how can we get our nutrition goods demanded and delivered at scale?
The Feeding Development campaign wraps up this week, but we hope the conversation will continue. To follow along the conversation and read the op-eds, search #FeedingDev on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and visit the Feeding Development web portal on Devex.