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Editorial

This seventh issue of Nutrition Exchange introduces an exciting new phase in the publication's development, as ENN will now be publishing NEX twice a year and will bring together experiences and learning from Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Movement countries as well as other content. This has been made possible by DFID funding to ENN to provide knowledge management (KM) services to SUN countries–particularly those that are fragile and conflict-affected. The SUN Movement is diverse, bringing together governments, UN agencies, businesses, donors, civil society organisations and individuals, and this diversity is evident at country level, with each Movement country adapting nutrition scale-up approaches based on their needs and their challenges. ENN supports the documentation of the rich and varied experiences of nutrition scale up in these countries in order to share innovations, learning and good practice.

For this issue, ENN's new team of regional KM specialists (RKMS) have worked with national actors to support the development of original articles focusing on current nutrition issues in East Africa, West Africa and Asia. This has produced a rich variety of experiences from these corners of the world. The RKMS have generated articles either through one-on-one interviews or by supporting authors to write their articles. This process takes time: every original article in this edition (as with all the previous ones) is the end product of a close collaboration between NEX editors, RKMS and authors. For a number of contributors to NEX, it may be the first time they have written for publication. There are eight original articles in this first SUN-focused issue of NEX. The Movement's influence and networks are growing in many SUN countries, and the process is captured in this publication, including in an article from Tanzania (on page 9) that describes the advocacy work by the local civil society network, PANITA (Partnership for Nutrition in Tanzania), with the country’s politicians to raise the profile of nutrition, and an interview with Senegal’s SUN focal point that describes success in increasing the national nutrition budget (page 13). Civil society efforts feature strongly in this issue, but efforts from other sectors are also covered, such as government initiatives at a national level, with the passage of Kenya’s Food and NutritionSecurity Bill (page 11); Odisha state’s efforts to address anaemia through scaling up fortified rice in school meals (page 22); UN collaborations (the experience of REACH in strengthening the SUN Movement in Burkina Faso (page 17); and the launch of SUN business networks in Nigeria and Niger (page 15).
 
Another exciting development is the blossoming of south-to-south collaborations: we have two examples of such lesson sharing in this publication. Nepal's success in reducing
undernutrition is a global success story that a SUN delegation from Tajikistan were interested in finding out about first-hand read about their visit to Nepal and lessons learned on page 24. Nutrition advocates from Philippines' civil society sought guidance on developing and strengthening their SUN network, so we put their questions to two experienced nutrition champions, one from India and the other from Myanmar. The result is a fascinating insight into building traction for scale-up in very different contexts, but with advice that could be applied across the board (see page 19).

NEX 7 also provides updates on global developments. The recent joint malnutrition estimates from UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank Group (page 4) confirm that Asia and Africa bear the greatest burden of child undernutrition. Perhaps more of a surprise is that, in 2015, almost half of all overweight children live in Asia, and more than one quarter live in Africa. As a recent report on food systems (page 4) shows, poor diet is the main risk factor driving the global burden of disease in undernutrition and overweight/obesity; the report also highlights the fact that diets are not improving with income. One promising global initiative is in school feeding (page 5); one in five children now receive a school meal every day, and policy-makers are increasingly viewing school meals as an entry point to address health and nutrition issues in this population, as evidenced by the experiences of countries in a sourcebook on the topic. A question widely asked and discussed is: Why are some countries better able to achieve reductions in undernutrition than others, even though their economies and poverty levels are similar? The Nourishing Millions and Stories of Change projects (page 7) used in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis to understand the likely factors behind the success of countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh and Brazil in reducing stunting in under-fives, as well as other nutrition-related determinants.
 
This issue of NEX includes a SUN Movement update on recent developments at a global level, such as the launch of the SUN Road Map (2016-2020), which outlines the ambitions and strategic direction of the Movement in its second phase.
 
Finally, the NEX team looks forward to continuing to work with SUN Movement countries to support the capture of experiences and learning of nutrition scale-up. We have a team of staff who can help you document your experiences and lessons learnt from which the wider SUN Movement community can benefit. Please contact us at any time if you would like to feature in a future issue
of NEX.
 
Carmel Dolan, Co-editor, NEX (carmel@ennonline.net)
 
Judith Hodge,Co-editor, NEX (Judith.Hodge@ennonline.net)
 
Tui Swinnen, Global KM co-ordinator
 
Charulatha Banerjee (RKMS Asia)
 
Ambarka Youssoufane (RKMS West Africa)
 
Titus Mun'gou (RKMS East Africa)
 

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ENN (2017). Editorial. Nutrition Exchange 7, January 2017. p3. www.ennonline.net/nex/7/editorial