First technical world meeting on information platforms for nutrition
- Platforms are an initiative of the European Commission to support countries strengthening nutritional information systems
July 6, 2018. From July 3rd to the 5th, 2018 in Paris, France, the Global Support Facility (GSF) had its first technical meeting on National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN), event that was attended by representatives from Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Niger, Uganda, Zambia, and Guatemala, being the last one the only country of Latin America that is part of the process.
During this meeting, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) was in charge of sharing the experience related to the project National Information Plataforms for Nutrition (NiPN) in Guatemala, which is executed in coordination with the Secretariat for Food and Nutritional Security of the Presidency of the Republic (SESAN), with the financial support of European Union Delegation in Guatemala and the Technical Support of GSF.
Sandra Recinos, nutrition specialist and representative of NiPN project, and coordinator, Eduardo Say, presented the current situation and the progress of the project in Guatemala. Additionally, there were officials of SESAN among the Guatemalan delegation as well as members from the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS, its Spanish acronym) and the European Union Delegation in Guatemala.
The event sought that the countries that integrate NiPN have a common vision, exist a unified implementation and identify opportunities and bottlenecks, as well as the GSF support routes for future exchanges.
For Julio López, representative of CATIE in Guatemala, the participation in this event allowed the Institution to approach new cooperation spaces and identify potential partners to analyze strategies, so that way its cooperation field can extend, as well as the opportunity to scale up capacities and products to other spaces, not only geographic, but also thematic.
The Project National Information Platform for Nutrition (NiPN). Which is executed by CATIE, has as an objective to strength the national capacities to monitor the chronic malnutrition evolution and implement policies and multi sectoral programs on malnutrition, of higher cost-effectiveness and based on evidence. The job of this initiative is coordinated with SESAN and with the institutions that integrate de National Food and Nutritional Security System (SINASAN, its Spanish acronym)
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Nutrition Technical Advisor
CATIE Representative in Guatemala