The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security is a multi-stakeholder alliance comprising of policy makers and program leaders working for sustainable food and nutrition security. Having been established in 2007 under the leadership of Prof. M. S. Swaminathan, the Coalition has now entered its second decade as a platform for members to collaborate and achieve the Vision of sustainable food and nutrition security for all. The Mission is to raise awareness, foster collaboration and advocate for improved programmes to achieve sustainable food and nutrition security in India.

The Coalition provides real opportunity to transform the food and nutrition landscape, given its inherent strength as a multi-stakeholder alliance. The Coalition facilitates multiple cross group collaborations, dialogues between subject matter experts, policy leaders and agencies to effect a change. The values are based on courage and conviction, an evidence based advocacy, equity & diversity, result driven initiatives at scale and excellence.

The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (CFNS),
VHAI building, B-40,
Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi – 110016

Key Projects

Partnership with World Bank Trust (Non-Lending Technical Assistance-NLTA):
The Coalition worked closely with the Centre for SDGs, Govt. of Assam to accelerate SDGs 2 and 3 for improving the Nutrition, Health and Early Childhood Development in the State. It focuses particularly, on supporting the State’s Department of Transformation and Development (T&D) and building the capacity of CSDGs in the state and in selected districts of Barpeta, Goalpara and Udalguri to work across departments for improved policies, institutions and programs to improve nutrition, health and early childhood development outcomes in the state, and to promote inter-sectoral convergence and coherence to improve quality and coverage of service delivery. Some key activities undertaken by CFNS are:

  • Multisectoral result based nutrition plan to accelerate SDGs 2,3 in Barpeta, Udalguri and Goalpara districts, Assam
  • Eat Right Mela at Barpeta, Assam in collaboration with state government and FSSAI to nudge citizens to choose healthy and safe food
  • Policy seminars and workshop on Improved nutrition, health and early childhood outcomes
  • Formation of district SDG cells in Assam and Capacity building of District SDGs officials on Maternal, Adolescents and Child Nutrition
  • Learning trip of key officials of Government of Assam to Tamil Nadu for first 1000 days and multisector engagement
  • Comprehensive joint training of AAAs (AWW, ASHA and ANM) on “First 1000 Days and leadership development”
  • Multisectoral result based nutrition plan to accelerate SDGs 2,3 in Barpeta, Udalguri and Goalpara districts, Assam
  1. Report on Eat Right Mela- click here

  2. Position Paper on “Improving Maternal Infant Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) in Assam”- click here

Partnership with TINI-Tata Trust for system strengthening for demand generation to improved nutrition outcomes in Rajasthan:
The project envisions improving nutrition outcomes in the five districts by strengthening systems for demand generation and service delivery in solidarity with ‘Making it Happen” programme launched by TINI in Rajasthan. To understand and unfold the barriers and limitations in improving the nutritional status and behaviours change, need for a Knowledge, Attitude and Practices survey among community and service providers was felt by CFNS. The study was carried out in Five districts of Rajasthan viz., Alwar, Dausa, Dhaulpur, Karauli and Tonk. The study had both quantitative and qualitative components. The quantitative study included survey of pregnant women, husbands of the pregnant women, lactating mothers, husbands of the lactating women, mothers-in-law and adolescent girls while the qualitative study included survey of AWWs, ASHAs, ANMs, Lady Supervisor, CDPO, School Principal/ teachers, member of village, health and sanitation committee and panchayat member. The survey tools were pre tested and the key findings extracted. For more details click here

To drive a child-centric and community focused narrative for community-based management and treatment of severe acute malnourished children in India:
The Coalition works in partnership with project co-implementers; State WCD, Health & Family Welfare including other line departments, UNICEF, Centre of Excellence; Civil Society Organizations working in the area of community-based management of acute malnutrition and other key stakeholders. CFNS in its advocacy efforts through series of media engagements on wasting disseminates policy briefs, articles, media interviews, technical data points, magazine story, national and state level webinars on malnutrition to create a momentum for wasting management at both state and national level. In first phase, the focus is on following states-MP, Odisha, Assam and Jharkhand. Coalition is trying to bring all kind of learnings to support Govt. of India in developing community-based program in the country. Coalition has formed technical working group and core advisory group at state and national level to disseminate the learnings and sharing with the key policy makers. One of the components of the intervention is also to support programme disseminate successful practices that has the highest likelihood of impact in the select demonstration sites in each state for leveraging and generating demand for urgent action to treat SAM, by engaging community (mother’s, women self-help groups, and local champions) and sharing their stories through letters to State WCD government and policy makers. The State Government may review / learn from these successful practices / impact models and replicate the successful practices, after suitable modification that can fit to the context. For more details click here

Research/Technical Papers/Knowledge Management Products 

Dossier on the Models of Community-based Care of Children with Acute Malnutrition:
The dossier on community-based care of children with acute malnutrition is the outcome of a collective effort to bring evidence & learnings from different pockets of the country. The Coalition for Food & Nutrition Security (CFNS) has attempted compiling information on different community based programs that managed children with acute malnutrition and have documented the experiences emerged from various community based models of managing acute malnutrition implemented across the country with the aim to understand the status and progress of the pilots/ interventions of community based programs for managing children with acute malnutrition, the variations and similarities between these pilots/ interventions and how they are catering to the problem of acute malnutrition in India. For more details click here

Linkages between Family Planning and Nutrition in partnership with Population Foundation of India (PFI):
Studies have shown that first 1000 days of a child are most critical and infants and young children are exceptionally vulnerable to poor diet and infection during this time – thus, it is unanimously accepted as window of opportunity (Alderman & Headey, 2018). There is a need for strong advocacy for empowering women through programs, which can improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN). Integration of family planning (FP) services and MIYCN programs has a crucial role to play. Integration of family planning and reproductive health services in nutrition programming, an important intervention, is often overlooked. To date there has been limited documentation on integrating family planning with nutrition programmes in India. Therefore, in an effort to fill the evidence gap in this area, the Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (Coalition) with support of CTARA, IIT Bombay conducted a preliminary review to take stock of and better understand linkages between family planning and child and maternal nutrition in India, programs that have integrated family planning and nutrition, success stories thereof and plausible strategies to link the two. For more details click here

Thematic Working Groups:
Eight Working groups are formed by members of the Coalition and supported by CFNS secretariat. Working groups are responsible for evidence-based advocacy on the respective topics as well as providing thought leadership for knowledge management and membership services (events, conferences, etc.). These working groups are theatres of action which enrich all the activities that we undertake. The construct of working groups keeps evolving over time. For more details click here