Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment
1. Commit to Japan's Strategy on Global Health Diplomacy and its policy relevance with nutrition.
2. Introduce ongoing public–private partnership in India, Bangladesh, and Ghana, with particular focus on Ghana’s trilateral partnership between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ajinomoto, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
3. Multilateral partnership including SUN and with the World Food Programme (WFP).
1. Japan has recognized nutrition as an important cornerstone for achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). In this regard, Japan has committed to host the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit in December 2021 to accelerate global efforts for improving malnutrition. Japan has contributed to develop new policy and mobilize financial commitments from various stakeholders including partner countries by utilizing "Vision and Roadmap" and "Commitment Making Guide" that we published last year, collaborating with global experts. Stakeholder's group as well as an outreach group have been formed to facilitate commitment-making and to ensure the process at country level. Japan has also paid attention to avoiding duplication and creating synergies between the two Summits - the UN Food System Summit and the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit - through close communication. Japan has put in a lot of effort to draw global attention to malnutrition by addressing the issue of nutrition at several international conferences. For example, Prime Minister Suga stressed the importance of nutrition, and committed to strengthening global efforts for improving nutrition, at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic in December 2020. Foreign Minister Motegi has also pointed out the global trend of malnutrition exacerbated by Covid-19 pandemic as well as the importance of nutrition in disease prevention and control at the Ministerial Meeting of Group of Friends of UHC in October 2020. Nutrition was raised as an important issue at the G7 and G20 related meeting and articulated in the outcome documents; for example, the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers' Meeting Communique in May 2021. We would like to report on our commitments and disbursements in 2019, for both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions, as follows: Nutrition-specific commitments US$163,423,490 and disbursements US$90,859,955; Nutrition-sensitive commitments US$966,216,719 and disbursements US$487,051,358.
2. JICA seeks to further strengthen public-private partnerships (PPPs) working on improvement of all forms of malnutrition in reaching sustainable development goal 2 (SDG 2) with a total number of 3 nutrition-specific and -sensitive ongoing projects within JICA's PPP scheme, which also helps private companies to incorporate SDGs into their business strategies. Moreover, "Nutrition Japan Public Private Platform (NJPPP)", co-chaired by JICA and JAFIC (Japan Food Industry Center), was launched in 2016 to promote sustainable commercial business engaged in nutrition improvement activities of private sectors. The secretariat and JICA have been supporting its members to build their business models to address malnutrition and also offer JICA's PPPs scheme as another pathway to driving business for improved nutrition. Currently, the platform has held private-sector-driven work sessions divided into several thematic areas to help make commitments towards the Tokyo N4G Summit in 2021. NJPPP ongoing projects and a survey are as follows: 1. "Nutrition enlightenment activities applying block-chain technologies in workplace nutrition improvement in Cambodia" Project - applies a token system fully utilizing block chain to improve nutritional literacy and behavioral changes in a company; 2. Workplace Nutrition Project in Indonesia - provides nutrition-balanced meals through a catering company; 3. multi-micronutrient fortified rice in Cambodia - introduces fortified rice as a staple food in Cambodia; 4. "Development of Enlightening health checkup and Nutrition Improvement program in Viet Nam (site visit survey)" plans to introduce an innovative health check-up business model utilizing industry-government-academia-private technology and knowledge in Japan; 5. "A survey of workplace nutrition improvement projects through catering services in Myanmar" Project - A survey to select a factory to provide nutritionally balanced diets and nutrition education for better productivity of companies.
3. Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA) has been operated in close partnership with multiple international organizations and World Food Programme is one of the IFNA Steering Committee (IFNA-SC) members, being a driving force of IFNA. In 2019, JICA and WFP amended their cooperation agreement, and nutrition was added in the amended agreement as one of the key areas of cooperation. In order to materialize actions described in the agreement on the ground, JICA and WFP discussed ways of cooperation and candidate priority countries for cooperation for nutrition improvement. In order to address the deteriorating food security and nutrition status due to the socio-economic impact of Covid-19, in 2020 Japan enhanced cooperation with WFP and increased its contribution to WFP to over US$39 million in comparison with the amount in 2019.
Reported progress in previous Global Nutrition Reports indicates that commitment has been achieved