Bridging Discovery and Delivery
The Micronutrient Forum (MN Forum) serves as a global catalyst and convener for sharing expertise, insights and experience relevant to micronutrients in all aspects of health promotion and disease prevention, with special emphasis on the integration with relevant sectors.
The primary objective of the MN Forum is to foster dialogue among the research, policy, clinical, program and private sector communities to facilitate the translation of evidence for policy and program planning, and to inform research needs and priorities based on evidence gaps to support programs.
A world where all people have access to all essential micronutrients at levels needed to promote health and prevent disease.
To be a global leader bridging scientific knowledge with policy and programs across multiple sectors, by providing support for capacity development and continuous dialogue for action, to ensure the full integration of nutrition, and in particular the importance micronutrient adequacy, in health promotion and disease prevention throughout the life cycle.
The Micronutrient Forum (MN Forum) follows a strategic approach to tackling key barriers that hinder the ability of an individual or population to achieve micronutrient adequacy.
MN Forum to achieving four strategic goals through its biennial global meeting and ongoing activities:
- the identification of available evidence, and evidence gaps, along the continuum from basic science to applied and implementation research, and fostering gap-filling
- fostering the scale-up and sustainability of evidence-based effective programs to improved access to diverse micronutrient-rich foods
- providing a platform to foster collaboration and coordination at the global, regional, national and community levels
- nuturing capacity and leadership development across the scope needed for micronutrient programs
History and Impact
The Micronutrient Forum was first established in 2006, merging the International Nutritional Anemia Consultative Group (INACG) and the International Vitamin A Consultative Group (IVACG). Funding for these groups and this transition was provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). These organizations brought more than 30 years of global experience in research, policy and program issues related to iron and vitamin A to the Forum.
Two highly Global Conferences were convened by the Forum: in Istanbul in 2007, and in Beijing in 2009.
In 2011, after a period of dormancy, individuals with common interests in diverse issues related to micronutrients met to assess the long-term viability of the Forum. Its usefulness as a means for exchanging scientific, programming and policy information on micronutrients among scientists and public health professionals led to its renewal, with the recommendation for a continued focus on effective scaling up of programs and improved biomarkers, monitoring and evaluation, and multi-sector integration of micronutrient activities.
Presently the MN Forum is built on a broad foundation of technical and financial support. Leadership is provided by a Steering Committee of about 15 individuals actively involved in issues related to micronutrients from academia and diverse normative, policy and implementing organizations across the globe. Coordination is provided by a Secretariat currently hosted by the Micronutrient Initiative in Ottawa, Canada.