SUN and RAIN: An Assessment of Intersectoral Policy and Action for Nutrition in Zambia


Jody Harris, Bhavani Shankar




The public goods and services relating to the key underlying determinants of malnutrition (food, health and care) will necessarily be available from a range of sectors, and these need to be provided in a coordinated fashion for maximum effect (Garrett 2008).

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There is a growing base of case studies on intersectoral action for nutrition, but what remains to be done is to test the hypothesis that existing policy proscriptions will improve the policy process for nutrition, through real-time, ex-ante, engaged research (Gillespie, Haddad, Pelletier et al 2003).

Through a study of two related processes in Zambia—the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and the Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN)  project’s facilitation of intersectoral coordination and alignment—this is what this study hopes to achieve. This is a case study assessing the ‘enabling environment’ for nutrition, including the discourse around nutrition in Zambia and mapping of stakeholders and their interactions; the process of SUN and the RAIN project; coordination outcomes; and links with nutrition impact. Data will be primarily qualitative in nature, and will be collected through interviews, document reviews, observation, stakeholder mapping methods, and the use of tools to measure coordinated working, using two key frameworks to guide data collection and analysis (Shiffman 2007 and Garrett 2012). Crucially, once completed, the case study will be subjected to realist synthesis along with other documented examples of intersectoral action for nutrition reviewed above, in order to draw out any generalized lessons for improved practice.

Collaborators: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Concern Worldwide.