Navigating the labyrinth of public private engagements for global nutrition

Amy R. Beaudreault

In this blog, Amy R. Beaudreault considers some of the key questions around public private engagement for nutrition, and how as a community we can move forward to collaboratively tackle global malnutrition:

  • Why is public private engagement such an issue in global nutrition?
  • How do we make better nutrition profitable?
  • How do we create products that fill nutrient gaps but also are desirable, available, affordable, and convenient? 
  • What can we do in global nutrition to prioritise public-private engagements without them becoming a labyrinth?

She talks honestly about the money behind the money and cites evidence on how to evaluate risks and benefits for future public private engagement in nutrition. The world of nutrition philanthropy is not often interrogated and Amy gives excellent examples of how the global system can contradict itself. Looking forward and wanting to give practical advice for new collaborations, she refers to World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. David Nabarro and the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Coordinator, Gerda Verbug, who have two clear messages: 1. Make friends. 2. Do your due diligence.  This blog is an excellent account of the contradictions and opportunities inherent in public private engagement on nutrition. 

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