Private sector commits towards SUN 3.0
The SUN Movement was launched in September 2010. It is a renewed effort to improve nutrition based on the principle that everyone has a right to food and good nutrition. The Movement is unique by bringing different groups of people together – governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses, academia and scientists – in a collective action to improve nutrition.
In 2011, Malawi was designated as a SUN “early riser,” country and it launched the SUN-1000 Special Days Movement on 15th March 2011as a means to mobilize the entire nation to unite to end stunting. This was linked with the Malawi Growth and Development Goal (MGDS II) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The SUN movement has a new strategy SUN 3.0 which prioritises on country leadership by focusing on supporting systemic change at country level. It seeks to guide the work of all actors at national, district and community levels in line with the agreed national priorities. The SUN 3.0 contributes to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Goal number 2 to “End Hunger, Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition and Promote Sustainable Agriculture.” Goal number 2 of SDGs complements with the global agenda on food systems which aims at improving food security and nutrition. Additionally, the SUN 3.0 and other global and regional agendas aligns well with Malawi’s long term vision agenda 2063.
The President of Malawi Dr. McCarthy Chakwera led the nation in launching Scaling Up Nutrition 3.0 strategy on 2nd of September 2021. At the launch, all key sectors in Malawi presented their commitments towards helping the country end all forms of malnutrition by 2030.
SBN Malawi led in developing Private Sector commitments as well as advocacy material for SUN 3.0. Key commitments for the private sector towards achieving the strategy include;
- Developing and implementing workplace nutrition policies
- Investing in nutrition sensitive Social Corporate Responsibility programmes
- Intensifying the fortification of centrally processed foods and use of biofortified crops with essential micronutrients
- Actively participating in the Scaling up Nutrition Business Network.