Jay Naidoo: Private sector, government and women key to nutrition partnerships

By Jacques Jimeno 05 October 2015

“[Fortification] is complex — you can only measure it over a generation. But we know that it works,” Jay Naidoo, chair of global partnerships at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, told Devex on the sidelines of the #FutureFortified Global Summit in Arusha, Tanzania.

Malnutrition, unlike other global health concerns, is not as easily prevented, detected or cured.

But partnerships with the private sector have had a significant impact.

“We’ve reached 1 billion people with fortified foods,” said Jay Naidoo, chair of global partnerships at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, in this Devex interview on the sidelines of the #FutureFortified Global Summit in Arusha, Tanzania. Representatives from government, academia, civil society and the private sector met at the event to discuss improvements to food fortification.

Naidoo noted that the past 10 years have demonstrated positive evidence of improvement in the health of populations, including those who are most vulnerable.

This impact has been made possible by partnering with the private sector — the primary producers of foods consumed by ordinary people. “We have to work with [them] to make sure those food are nutritious, that they promote the healths of people who consume them, they are affordable and accessible,” Naidoo said, adding that GAIN works with governments on policies for food safety, quality and assurance.

Naidoo said that it is fashionable to talk about partnerships, but not all partnerships can work well all of the time. “There are ideas that underpin successful partnerships,” he said.

Watch the clip above to hear more from Naidoo about the secret to successful partnerships and how women can play a greater role in achieving nutrition and other development goals.

Future Fortified is a special online series exploring the impact and importance of food fortification to meet global development objectives. Join Devex — and our partner GAIN — in the conversation using #FutureFortified.

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Jacques Jimeno

Jacques is a copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He is currently taking his master’s degree in communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman.


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