Nutrition: Organizations

Advisory Groups
    • Micronutrient Forum — As the successor to the International Vitamin A Consultative Group (IVACG) and the International Nutritional Anemia Consultative Group (INACG), the Micronutrient Forum gathers top researchers and policy-makers together to discuss and take action on the latest research and science. The Forum’s meetings target populations lacking iron, vitamin A, folate, iodine, and zinc.
    Government Agency and International Organization Contractors
      • A2Z Program — By syncing nutritional objectives with other health services, broadening information awareness, and ramping up existing infrastructures, the A2Z Program combats nutritional deficiencies in Asia and Africa. It’s areas of focus include anemia reduction in pregnant mothers and zinc treatment for diarrhea.
      • FHI 360 Center for Nutrition — The Center retains 30 experts to help provide leadership and technical services. It utilizes its PROFILES program to communicate the economic repercussions of undernutrition in lay terms, and also to convey the beneficial impact an intervention policy will have in a given country.
      • Alliance for a Green Revolution for Africa (AGRA) — AGRA works with small farmholders to ensure that they have complete access to necessary resources, from seed to transport, to markets to policy. Its objective is, by 2020, to reduce food insecurity by 50% in 20+ countries, promote a green revolution, and double the earnings of 20 million small, African farmholders.
      • HarvestPlus — HarvestPlus envisions Biofortification as the anodyne to malnutrition. It is currently growing seven biofortified crops in nine African/Asian target countries, ensuring that each is cost-effective, and resistant to disease and drought. Its sister program, AgroSalud, focuses on biofortification in Latin America and the Caribbean.
      • Micronutrient Initiative (MI) — The Micronutrient Initiative works to educate governments on the benefits of policies that support supplementation. It is strongly involved in the logistics of vitamin dissemination and ensuring availability in developing countries. Since 1997, it has provided 75% of all Vitamin A needed in these countries’ supplementation programs.
      International Organizations
        • Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) — FAO serves as a hub of technical experience for developing nations seeking assistance with agricultural policy, legislation, or national strategies. As a neutral forum, it brings together both developing and developed nations to collaborate together.
        • International Nutrition Foundation (INF) — The INF targets the problems surrounding global nutrition through fellowships designed to build or bolster developing country institutions. It disseminates the latest research through an in-house journal, conducts research, and actively seeks to promote nutrition issues to relevant policy makers.
        • UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) — UNICEF aims to ramp up nutrition coverage in four critical program areas: Infant and young child feeding, micronutrients, nutrition security in emergencies, and nutrition and HIV/AIDS. This site provides recent press releases highlighting current progress, actions, and needs, and provides an overview of UNICEF’s commitment.
        • United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN) — The UNSCN promotes cooperation between UN agencies, and between outside organizations, in order to maximize the impact of groups working in the area of nutrition. The website contains publications, country case studies, information on the SCN structure and mandate, meetings, and initiatives.
        • The World Bank Group–Health, Nutrition and Population Section — The World Bank partners with key international organizations to fund nutrition projects. It positions health and nutrition as imperative to the overall goal of ameliorating global poverty. Listed resources include data and statistics, publications, a nutrition action plan, and a categorical archive of projects.
        • World Food Program — The World Food Program aims to drastically reduce global hunger, with particular emphasis in helping prepare for, and assist in, emergency situations. The website hosts technical documents as well as personal stories, video blogs, and a banner containing recent occurrences of “hunger in the news”.
        • World Health Organization–Nutrition Program — WHO’s Nutrition Landscape Information System provides country-by-country assessments of nutrition-related indicators. Its archived documents advise on recent efforts to implement nutrition related policies, and highlight international experts’ opinions on the state of global nutrition.
        Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Volunteer Organizations (PVOs)
          • BRAC — BRAC’s Agriculture programs are targeted, country-by-country efforts to help developing countries achieve self-sufficiency in food production. Focus on vegetable production, and ramping up farm infrastructure and training, help alleviate chronic shortages that cause malnutrition.
          • Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) — CGI works with members to improve agricultural practices and market delivery systems for small farmers. Projects include tripling rice yields through sustainable and environmentally friendly System of Rice Intensification (SRI) techniques and working to disseminate irrigation technologies in India.
          • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) — With a premix facility that distributes fortified food to tens of millions, salt iodization projects, and a plan to supplement individuals suffering from infectious disease, GAIN represents a broad ranging and influential organization in the battle against malnutrition.
          • Helen Keller International (HKI)–Nutrition Program — HKI’s nutritional program began with utilizing Vitamin A supplementation to prevent blindness. Today, operating within the Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) Framework, it works to create food self-sufficiency in the Asia-Pacific and Africa through the establishment of thousands of gardens.
          Research Centers
            • International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research (ICDDR, B) — ICDDR, B strives beyond its name, seeking to translate research into effective treatment, training, and policy in areas as diverse as HIV/AIDs and neonatal survival. Through health related work, the Center also advances a top stratum goal to reduce gender inequalities and promote human rights.
            • International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) — In recognition that solutions often manifest from local sources, ILSI has 14 regional or country specific branches designed to identify emerging issues and forge a scientific capacity to address problems in international health. They reserve special attention for pressing issues of nutrition.
            • Mahidol University (INMU), Institute of Nutrition — Founded to promote the national nutrition plan of Thailand, INMU has since expanded its efforts to include the south Asia region. It conducts research, provides educational training, and provides technical services in food and nutrition development.
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