Day 1 (October 29, 2014)

Why Does Solving Undernutrition Require Solutions That Cut Across Sectors?

Co-chairs: Ramanan Laxminarayan, Public Health Foundation of India and Stuart Gillespie, International Food Policy Research Institute

Opening Session


P.K. Joshi, Director, South Asia Office, IFPRI-India

Conference rationale and overview

Purnima Menon, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI-India

Key note presentation

Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI


Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India

Satish Agnihotri, Secretary (Co-ordination), Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India

Release of Implementation Notes

What is the Evidence for Working Cross-Sectorally to Address Undernutrition? 

The global evidence-base for what different sectors can contribute to undernutrition.

Marie Ruel, IFPRI

Lessons on working multisectorally: implications for India.

Suneetha Kadiyala, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Insights on Working Across Sectors from Cross State Initiatives for Nutrition, Health and Food Security

Co-chairs: Deepika Chaudhery, Micronutrient Initiative and Rasmi Avula, IFPRI-India

Insights on working across sectors from cross state initiatives for nutrition, health and food security

Convergent action by field-level functionaries for improving child nutrition

Shalini Singh, National Health Systems Resource Centre

Convergence of judicial interventions, civil society action and inter-departmental government action: the experience of the Right to Food case

Harsh Mander, Center for Equity Studies and the Right to Food Network

Maharashtra State Dialogue: Experiences with Moving the Nutrition Agenda Forward through Convergence, Collaboration, and Cooperation

Co-chairs: Rajiv Tandon, Action Contre la Faim-India and Purnima Menon, IFPRI-India

Maharashtra State Dialogue

A multisectoral approach to child undernutrition: a success story from Maharashtra

Lawrence Haddad, IFPRI

Strengthening governance for nutrition: the Maharashtra experience.

Rajalaxmi Nair, UNICEF-India

The legacy and process of the Bhavishya Alliance to address undernutrition in Maharashtra

Ishaprasad Bhagwat, Save the Children-India

Odisha and Madhya Pradesh: Experiences with Moving the Nutrition Agenda Forward through Convergence, Collaboration, and Cooperation

Co-chairs:  Sunny Kim, IFPRI and Gayatri Singh, UNICEF

State Dialogue 2

Conditional cash transfer improves women’s access to essential nutrition services

Aswathy S., Department of Women and Child Development, Odisha

Towards improved nutrition: Atal Bal Arogya Evam Poshan Mission

Pragnya Das, Madhya Pradesh Technical Assistance Support Team

Insights into support for state-level convergence in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh

Rasmi Avula, IFPRI-India

Engaging and supporting the media to strengthen reporting on nutrition

Chair: Subhadra Menon, Public Health Foundation of India

Media Session

Lessons from developing the POSHAN-OneWorld media fellowship program for reporting on nutrition

Bijoy Patro, One World South Asia

Reflections from reporting on hunger worldwide

Roger Thurow, Chicago Council of Global Affairs

Mobilizing Cross-Sectoral Action for Nutrition at District- and Block-Level: What Role Can Civil Society Play?

Co-chairs: Laxmikant Palo, Save the Children and the Coalition for Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security in India and Dipa Sinha, Center for Equity Studies

Session with POSHAN partners

Engaging district stakeholders to strengthen actions for nutrition: experiences from three states

Odisha: Haldhar Mahto, Public Health Resource Network

Madhya Pradesh: Sachin Jain, Vikas Samvad Samiti

Uttar Pradesh: Indra Jeet Singh and Srisha Singh, Vatsalya

Summary of insights from posters on block-level program experiences

Laxmikant Palo, Save the Children and the Coalition for Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security in India

Closing Reflections for the Day 

Closing Reflections Day 1

Shelly Sundberg, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (click here)

Stuart Gillespie, IFPRI (click here)


Achieving Block Level Convergence

Sectoral convergence to improve nutrition outcomes: generating evidence at scale

Archana Choudhary, Save the Children –India

A convergence initiative in West Bengal development block: are integrated multiparity approaches effective?

Anjan Ghosh, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

Institutional capacity building of ICDS to strengthen nutrition interventions

Harish Chand, World Vision-India

Intersectoral convergence for improving access to nutrition and health entitlements of women and children: CHETNA’s Experience

Minaxi Shukla, CHETNA

Convergent action for better management of malnutrition

Nilanjana Ghosh, CINI India

Making health and nutrition information and services accessible to adolescents in Gujarat, India

Pallavi Patel, CHETNA

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