SUN Countries


Joined Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

March 2011

National multi-stakeholder platform for nutrition

SUN Cross-Sectoral Planning Group

Sun Government Focal Point/Country Coordinator

Prof. George Gyan Baffour, Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission and SUN Focal Point, National Development Planning Commission

Country nutrition status 2022

  • Yes
  • In process
  • No
  • Costed
  • M&E framework

National multi-stakeholder platform (MSP)

Date established
MSP annual action plan exists

National nutrition plan

Advocacy and communications framework/plan

Advocacy and communications framework/plan

Subnational nutrition coordination mechanism

Subnational MSPs exist
Subnational MSPs have annual action plans

SUN networks in-country presence

SUN Civil Society Network
SUN Business Network
SUN Academy Network
SUN Donor Network
Others: e.g. youth, parliamentarian, media

Finance for nutrition

Resource mobilization strategy exists
Budget tracking exercise done this year
Funding gaps identified this year
Domestic expenditures on nutrition tracked

Country priorities 2022

Harmonize all sector and district food system transformation and nutrition security plans into a comprehensive national plan; Establish a SUN Business Network; Finalize the food systems investment plan; Implement food-based dietary guidelines; Track the progress of country commitments; Effectively coordinate partner.

2022 Shared country good practice

Mainstreaming nutrition into development plans

Ensuring plan alignment

Ghana developed a planning toolkit and guidelines to strengthen stakeholder capacity in mainstreaming food systems transformation and nutrition security.

Progress towards SUN 3.0 Strategic Objectives (SO)


Ghana has several policies that feed into the Medium-Term National Development Policy Framework (2022-2025), which guides policy implementation and coordination across sectors. All food system transformation and nutrition security actions are governed and coordinated via the Cross-Sectoral Planning Group, which has begun plans to develop a policy bundle to drive healthier food environments and diets. The SUN Government Focal Point has engaged with the Ministry of Finance on increasing funding for food systems transformation and nutrition security activities. Ghana Health Services and the Ghana Civil Society Coalition for Scaling Up Nutrition also collaborated with other stakeholders to implement advocacy and communication priorities.


In 2022, the Cross-Sectoral Planning Group agreed on medium-term priorities, including Food Systems Summit and Nutrition for Growth Commitments, which were integrated into the Ghana medium-term development policy framework and further mainstreamed into sector medium-term development plans. The National Development Planning Commission also supported the development of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework to ensure it was aligned to country priorities. Over the course of the year, stakeholders met a number of times to deliberate and take actions on shared goals and priorities, including the development standalone plans for national nutrition and food systems strategy and investment and for the conduct of an analysis on filling the nutrient gap.


Ghana has an established and well-defined structure for coordinating food systems transformation and nutrition security actions, including policy development, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Stakeholders within the nutrition sphere deliberated and settled on quarterly coordination meetings for all members. The Cross-Sectoral Planning Group met nine times to deliberate on and find solutions to issues related to coordination and collaboration, sustainable financing and the prioritization of food systems transformation and nutrition security.


The SUN Government Focal Point provides political oversight to the food systems transition and nutrition security Cross-Sectoral Planning Group, which itself provides governance, oversight and coordination and ensures consistency in policy formulation, plan preparation and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. This structure ensures country leadership in all actions. All country stakeholders implement actions from an integrated Medium-Term National Development Policy Framework (2022-2025) and reports based on indicators in this framework. This strengthens accountability and ensures alignment behind country priorities. The framework also spells out the functions of the various government agencies as the lead implementors of transformative actions.