ADB and Nutrition International (NI) will jointly organize a side event on “Promoting Better Nutrition Outcomes through Multi-sectoral Approach in Post-COVID 19 Asia and the Pacific” on 2 December 2021 in support of the N4G Summit. The side event will discuss the framework to address selected drivers of food and nutrition insecurity, malnutrition, and unaffordability of healthy diets in Asia and the Pacific.

Good nutrition is necessary to protect young child growth, cognition, and school performance, improve lifetime earnings, and productivity, and ultimately break the cycle of poverty. Its importance is reflected in the fact that 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals contain highly relevant nutrition indicators. However, current progress towards ending malnutrition is too slow to achieve these goals by the 2030 target. Governments have widely recognized the need to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the most vulnerable populations, including women, young children, adolescent girls, and minority groups. To alleviate the nutritional impacts, restore food security, and rebuild resilience, governments in Asia and the Pacific have expanded the reach and scale of existing social protection programs, building on the progress of recent decades in putting national systems into place.

The Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit, to be held on 7-8 December 2021, aims to discuss these issues and collectively find solutions to help transform the global actions to achieve the World Health Assembly targets on maternal, infant, and young child nutrition, and the relevant Sustainable Development Goals’ targets to support the United Nations Decade for Action on Nutrition. The Summit is also a timely event and a global milestone in collectively sharing innovations and solutions to nutrition security impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Considering the role of social protection in strengthening nutrition delivery and the importance of nutrition intervention to build resilience post-COVID-19 world, the side event specifically aims to:

  • Discuss nutrition challenges in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Identify the multisectoral pathways for high-impact nutrition interventions;
  • Spotlight high-impact social protection and nutrition security interventions in Mongolia, Indonesia, and others to capture and share issues, challenges, lessons learned and more importantly the innovations and solutions; and
  • Describe ADB and NI commitments towards social protection and nutrition leading to the N4G Summit.

Target participants

The webinar welcomes representatives from relevant sectors in agriculture and nutrition, as well as social development:

  • government and intergovernmental organizations
  • multilateral and bilateral development institutions
  • private firms engaged in the agriculture and food business
  • research and development institutions
  • NGOs, civil society, and advocacy organizations other individuals and organizations interested and/or engaged in agriculture and nutrition

Resource speakers

  • Bambang Susantono, Vice-President Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB
  • Joel Spicer, President and CEO, Nutrition International
  • Deanna Olney, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Vivi Yulaswati, Senior Adviser to the Minister of National Development Planning for Social Affairs and Poverty Reduction, Government of Indonesia
  • Qingfeng Zhang, Chief of Rural Development and Food Security (Agriculture) Thematic Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB
  • Enkhtsetseg Byambaa, Professor at the National University of Mongolia
  • Fermin Adriano, Undersecretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Agriculture, Philippines

How to register

Register now to join the forum.


Attendance is free for this online event

Event organizers / partners

ADB and Nutrition International

Event Contact

  • Kazuko OGASAHARA (Ms) Senior Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist (Health and Nutrition) Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Asian Development Bank E-mail contact form