Connecting Knowledge and Impact Across Disciplines and Sectors
Micronutrients are diverse and have complex interactions on health. As technical micronutrient knowledge continues to evolve, the micronutrient field has acknowledged that biological issues represent only part of what drives outcomes, and even those need to be better understood. To increase impact on vulnerable populations, the field must empower researchers, policymakers, and practitioners who work on food systems, agriculture, economics, education, and health across both the public and private sectors to prioritizes and address micronutrient malnutrition.
The Micronutrient Forum’s strategy is predicated on the fact that stakeholders in the nutrition field need a sound micronutrient technical resource, and that conversely scientific research should be informed by the needs of stakeholders such as policymakers, implementors, and funders and investors. However, knowledge without action is insufficient. The Micronutrient Forum must also identify knowledge gaps, prioritize, and coordinate and collaborate with others to fill those gaps, and effectively disseminate this new knowledge.
Strategic Goals and Tactics
The following goals and tactics create a framework for the Micronutrient Forum’s activities. The implementation of this strategy will create both push and pull mechanisms for engagement, but the strategy positions the Micronutrient Forum as a hub for multi-sectoral and cross-discipline engagement to prioritize and directly or indirectly fill knowledge gaps.
Within each goal, the tactics create an ordered process for action. While any given project might fit within one or more goals, and accomplish one or more tactics, this framework offers a lens to develop programmatic work and communicate the activities of the forum externally.
With these goals in place the Forum will build on its track record of delivering the following three products: