About NRP

NRP INITIATIVE

The Nutrition Resource Platform (NRP) is an initiative of the Child Development and Nutrition Bureau of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Government of India, developed with the aim to collect, collate and make available resources and materials on nutrition and child development to diverse stakeholders.

It will have reference materials on nutrition issues relating to policy, programmes, academic and research inputs, materials for capacity building etc. The platform will be web-enabled to maximize outreach at a relatively low cost. It is planned as a knowledge repository of information collected from sectors identified in National Plan of Action on Nutrition such as nutrition, food, health, agriculture, education, water and sanitation to aid knowledge generation, policy formulation and improve adoption of good practices to influence behaviour change around nutrition and child care.

It is an interactive knowledge resource base which facilitates real quick time interaction, exchange of ideas, discussions between Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and other stakeholders to promote a better understanding of the existing and the newer researches in the field of nutrition and child care. Besides policy makers and academia, NRP will act as a platform for improved communication among and with stakeholders including front line workers on the issue of nutrition and child care. NRP will impart user friendly services to front line workers through interactive and mobile service networks.

NRP will offer services such as data collection for Management Information System (MIS) besides rendering services such as Voice Blast, SMS Blast, In-Dialling on Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS).

The NRP will function as part of Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) and National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) with National Informatics Centre (NIC) providing technical, design, developmental, IT logistics and hosting support for its effective and smooth functioning. It would also have linkages with important institutions of repute such National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Nutrition Foundation of India (NFI) and Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) and others.

NRP MANDATE

Nutrition Resource Platform will

  • Act as a knowledge/resource platform for nutrition and child care
  • Collate and provide evidence based policy advocacy
  • Facilitate interactive discussions, knowledge and  experience sharing on nutrition and related sectors
  • Provide linkages to various national and international institutions and organizations
  • Assist in evolving a perspective plan on nutrition at State, District and Sub District Level by MWCD and State Governments
  • Be a repository of resource material, researches, Information Education and Communication (IEC) and Inter Personal Communication (IPC) tools, data on nutrition and information from various sources focusing on maternal and child nutrition 

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • General population especially mothers, parents and families
  • Programme managers and technical personnel’s including Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI)
  • Policy Makers and Influencers
  • Concerned Line Ministries relating to nutrition
  • Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and Community Body Organizations (CBO)
  • Academicians and Researchers
  • Developmental Partners

KEY TECHNICAL GROUPS

Four key technical groups have been formed as part of NRP. These will cover Information Communication Technology (ICT), Capacity Development, Data Research and IEC/BCC (Behavior Change and Communication) to frame operational guidelines for effective implementation of nutrition and child related promotional materials.

NRP FUTURE POTENTIAL AND PROSPECTS

  • Support agencies, ministries and departments in dissemination of materials including audio visual spots on nutrition and health education
  • Facilitate experience sharing and convergence within various nutrition related sectors
  • Help propagate best practices on nutrition and child care
  • Promote disintegration of existing nutrition statistics
  • Progressively collect and compile information on available training programmes, material and curricula
  • Facilitate development of tailor made training courses on maternal nutrition and child care
  • Resource directory of institutions and experts working in the field of nutrition
  • Provide links for accessing research and studies
  • Assist development of interactive games