The Government of Kenya joined the global movement for Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) in November 2012 and committed to addressing malnutrition in all its forms using a multi sectoral approach. The movement has drawn attention and interest from diverse stakeholders over a short duration of time, demonstrating its enormous potential. Currently, there are six networks that include the government, donor agencies, academia-research, UN, Civil Society Alliance and the business network. These networks are coordinated by the government SUN focal point.

Key achievements to date include an improved policy environment, enhanced coordinated approach to implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programs as evidenced by the National Nutrition Action Plan, adoption of a set of high impact nutrition interventions and enhanced government leadership and coordination of the SUN movement in Kenya. This has in part contributed to progress made in tackling malnutrition in recent years, with the Global Nutrition Report 2015, identifying Kenya as the only country that is on course to meet all five of the World Health Assembly maternal and child nutrition targets. Despite these achievements, malnutrition in Kenya remains a major challenge with a crippling effect on the health status of the population and the country’s economic potential. Regional disparities in levels of malnutrition still exist in the country and overnutrition rates are on the rise. Under and overnutrition in Kenya remains a major burden. A key pathway in addressing malnutrition is enhanced use of research to support national advocacy, planning, policy and programme development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

The academia and research SUN network brings together the academia and scientific nutrition community in Kenya. This comprises of nutrition professionals working in public and private universities, research institutions and mid- level training colleges. The network was established in Nov 2015 with the aim of catalysing the scientific community to support Scaling up Nutrition efforts in Kenya alongside the other SUN networks that include donors, UN agencies, Civil Society organizations, business and government. The network was established in response to the need for more active engagement of the scientific-academic community in planning and public policy processes, and for greater use of information, data and evidence in policy-making for nutrition in the country. The network is committed to providing scientific information to inform decision making through a robust evidence base that is context specific