SUN Countries


Joined Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement:

May 2011

National multi-stakeholder platform for nutrition:

Multi-sector and Multi-stakeholder Platform

Country nutrition status

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

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
UN Nutrition
SUN Academia 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

  • Scaling up and strengthening Multi-Sector Nutrition Plan (2018–2022) (MSNP II) implementation through accelerating the use of the 2022 Nutrition Friendly Local Governance Guideline in the country.
  • Increasing ownership and accountability for the MSNP II at all levels of government.
  • Developing the MSNP III based on the midterm review of the MSNP II, Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitments and the Operational Plan for the third phase of the SUN Movement.

Progress towards SUN 3.0 Strategic Objectives (SO)


In Nepal, the High-Level Nutrition and Food Security Steering Committee and National Nutrition and Food Security Coordination Committee function at the federal level under the leadership of the National Planning Commission. These two MSPs comprise representatives from MSNP sectoral ministries, departments, in-country SUN networks, academia, the private sector, youth and experts. Province-level Nutrition and Food Security Steering Committees have been formed and function in all seven provinces as well as at the local and ward levels. These different levels of committees interact regularly to provide strategic guidance for policy formation, planning and monitoring and to review progress.


The MSNP was rolled out in 720 areas of 72 districts, with 412 Nutrition and Food Security Steering Committees formed in 42 districts to strengthen governance and governmental coordination. Provincial and local governments have integrated MSNP nutrition activities into their annual workplans and allocated budgets for their implementation. The Suaahara project (funded by the European Union/United Nations Children’s Fund and the United States Agency for International Development) has had its investment aligned per Nepal’s MSNP priorities. The Government developed commitments for the N4G Summit and the Nutrition Friendly Local Governance Guideline and participated in the Food Systems Summit.


The National Planning Commission, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, Ministry of Health and Population/Department of Health Services and other stakeholders conducted various capacity-building activities (e.g. provincial advocacy with political leaders, training for MSNP volunteers, participation in steering committee meetings and consultations with stakeholders). The National Planning Commission also conducted a Fill the Nutrient Gap (FNG) analysis with technical support from the World Food Programme (the report of which was disseminated) and hosted the national launch of the third phase of the SUN Movement Strategy and its regional launch in Central and South Asia.


The High-Level Nutrition and Food Security Steering Committee is the highest governing body, providing guidance and endorsing policies and programmes. The National Nutrition and Food Security Coordination Committee coordinates and provides operational guidance for MSNP II implementation. The National Nutrition and Food Security Secretariat is a structure within the National Planning Commission that effectively coordinates with committees and MSPs to facilitate planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the MSNP II. Despite setbacks due to the pandemic, the existence of the nutrition governance structure supported the implementation of nutrition activities throughout the country

2021 shared country good practice

Government budget leveraging for the MSNP

Nutrition financing

The Government has proposed allocating NPR 1,480 million to scale up the MSNP to all 753 local governments for 2022/23. Local and provincial governments allocated NPR 222 million and NPR 59.34 million in 2021/2022. This indicates the MSNP is being internalized within the government system.