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A Nutrition-Secure India - How do we get there? and the National Nutrition Conclave

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The National Nutrition Conclave was organized from August 12-14, 2007 at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, (MSSRF), Chennai, India, with the object to re-energize the expanded nutrition community and increase collaboration and commitment to take the selected actions forward. The write-up highlights the participation of the professionals from diverse areas and their coordinated efforts to make nutrition-secure India a reality.

A group of people who are passionate about achieving a nutrition-secure India, representing Central and State Governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society, corporate leaders, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, nutrition experts, activists, and academia, met for the National Nutrition Conclave from August 12-14, 2007 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, sponsored by the M.S. Swaminathan Research, Indian Council of Medical Research, and USAID/India.

NNC generated many insightful and innovative ideas, through a participatory methodology known as ‘Open Space technology’ (OST), which are documented in this “Book of Proceedings”. All the participants met on the eve of the 60th anniversary of India’s Independence, to carry and continue the work to achieve Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of eliminating hunger from Independent India. The participants released the Chennai Declaration calling for a “nutrition revolution” in India.

Open Space Methodology is a very participatory meeting methodology developed in the late 1980s by Harrison Owen of Maryland, USA. This meeting methodology is now used around the world, for quick important decisions, among diverse groups, as an effective process for generating ideas and facilitating change in both organizational and community settings. The primary role of the sponsors is to outline a minimum set of “givens”, which are the ground rules or non-negotiable for the meeting.

The topics of discussions varied from, infant and young child feeding, maternal and child malnutrition among the urban poor, increasing household access to diverse foods at affordable cost, convergence of services, training and action, creating nutrition awareness, concurrent monitoring of nutrition activities, anemia: how to combat?, to name a few. A total number of 36 topics were discussed.

The huge positive outpour of innovative and insightful ideas had been recorded in The document

New Concept carried out video and photo-documentation of the conclave.

New Concept had made a short film titled “A nutrition secure India – how do we get there” for the conclave. 


Document - National Nutrition Conclave - Book of Prooceedings