The SUN Business Network (SBN) is the private sector branch of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and aims to support businesses to grow the role they play in improving nutrition and to support SUN countries in developing national business engagement strategies. The Partnering Initiative (TPI), working together with the SBN, developed a series of four case studies which explore SBN engagement of business towards improved nutrition. These focused in particular on how SBN facilitates and supports the role of government in catalysing/steering private sector action. Across a range of countries and contexts. They aim to explore this approach to tackling the Sustainable Development Goals, and to identify lessons learned – both good practice and challenges – to share within and outside the SUN network.
This is one case study from that series of four, that explores an initiative in Nigeria to help businesses support the government’s aim of tackling malnutrition. In 2020 SBN Nigeria began a new sub-national engagement initiative in the form of a training programme open to SBN members and other small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The initial training consisted of a funding master class, held in four states, and a food safety and nutrition workshop held in two states. The case study focuses on Kano and Cross River state, where both of the trainings have taken place, to look at the initiative in more detail, and to understand how it seeks to align the public and private sectors, through building SME’s specialist skills and knowledge..