Who we are

Although adolescence is a crucial time period in young people’s development, where they face a high burden of morbidity and mortality, adolescent nutrition has often been an overlooked area of research.

The Global Adolescent Nutrition Network (GANN) seeks to address this lack of data and resources, and to ensure that adolescence is factored into nutrition policy and practice, so that all young people are nutritionally supported. 

Made up of nearly 250 members and coordinated by ENN, GANN brings together a vast network of researchers, academics, programmers, government representatives, donors, and UN agencies. 

GANN aims to:

  • Identify emerging research;
  • Share operational experiences;
  • Disseminate relevant information;
  • And help ‘bridge’ the disciplines of nutrition and other sectors. 

While our focus is on all forms of malnutrition during the adolescent period (10-19 years), we also consider middle childhood (5-9 years) and the school-aged period (5-18 years).

young female friends at a textile store in Gao, Mali

United Nations Photo/Marco Dormino

Join our membership

Members receive a quarterly newsletter summarising new research, reports, and events relevant to adolescent nutrition. They also receive an invite to quarterly webinars on a topic related to adolescent nutrition.

Members are welcome to suggest items to include in the newsletter, or topics to cover in webinars. It’s a great way to disseminate useful resources and new evidence, and promote the work going on across our diverse membership. 

We ask our members to:

  • Share updates regarding their work on adolescent nutrition.
  • Feedback knowledge they have gained from our webinars and newsletters to the rest of their organisation, and use new information to inform their work.
  • Network, synergise, and collaborate with others in the network to efficiently and effectively advance knowledge, policy and programming in the sector.
Adolescent in workshop.

A girl from Ethiopia writing on a piece of paper in school. June 2019.