Other organisation

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress


London 2013

1. The Business Platform for Nutrition Research (BPNR), under design with 10 of the world’s largest companies in partnership with leading public-sector and academic institutions, seeks to channel new investment into research and development for nutrition. Over the next several months GAIN and partners will work to define the specific research agenda, delivery model, and governance structure with the intention of formally launching the BPNR at the UN General Assembly in September 2013.

2. As co-chairs of the SUN Business Network, in partnership with the World Food Programme, GAIN will help launch the Business Innovation Programme (BIP), which by 2017 will:

(i) Broker 20 new multistakeholder partnerships to address priority interventions identified by SUN country governments, via a partnership brokering facility.

(ii) Support 32 businesses, along with national governments, to implement multistakeholder approaches to national nutrition strategies in SUN countries and deliver on business commitments of the compact, via a technical assistance facility.

(iii) Author at least 40 new case studies on how markets can improve nutrition for the poor, via a learning center.

Reported progress

1. BPNR’s research focuses on answering fundamental scientific questions on nutrition – without a direct commercial interest – to help businesses make more and better investments in nutritious products and services and generate public goods. The BPNR’s research priorities were defined by its business partners, in collaboration with public sector partners to ensure public health and nutrition relevance. By June 2019 The BPNR had defined and developed five projects within the following research streams: i) Bioavailability, biomarkers and health diagnosis (BBD), ii) behaviour change interventions (BCI), and iii) biomarkers of food safety. Outputs include the Diet-Quality Questionnaire to assess diet quality at the population level for inclusion in Gallup’s World poll, and the development and validation of a mobile platform (SAFEPhone) for point-of-care detection of aflatoxin exposure levels based on biomarkers from finger prick blood, urine samples and food samples, among others.

2. In 2014 The Business Innovation Platform concept was developed into the SUN Business Network’s (SBN) strategy for supporting SUN countries to engage with business and GAIN has been reporting on SBN progress in the GNR each year. In 2018-2019 the SBN:

- accelerated the development of national business networks in 30 SUN Countries, with national SBN coordinators in place in 12 SUN Countries supporting SUN Country national nutrition strategies to mobilise national business to act and invest in nutrition. A further 18 countries have been supported to develop strategies to design their own National SBNs. See progress at https://sunbusinessnetwork.org/

- in October 2018 launched its first ever pitch competition for SMEs in seven SUN countries. Over 450 SMEs applied, with the most promising business models for nutrition, rewarded with business development support and introductions to investors. In 2019 a new competition has been launched https://sunpitchcompetition.com/

- the SBN launched its first ever programme targeting obesity and NCDs. In 2019 it received funding to assist the WHO’s trans-fat elimination strategy in Pakistan and Nigeria. The SBN will work with national businesses to support WHO’s REPLACE initiative.

Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

BPNR was launched successfully and for the second commitment, all targets were achieved prior to this year.