About Us


The Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) is a non-governmental, non-profit making coalition, made up of organizations with a shared vision to transform Nigeria into a country where every citizen has food and is nutrition secured. We pursue this lofty goal by engaging government and non-state actors to raise awareness, sustain commitment and actions to effectively tackle under-nutrition in Nigeria. The coalition was formally launched on the 7th of August, 2014.

We have a common vision with clearly defined roles and responsibilities, clear accountability and sustainability framework. The guiding principles of the alliance include; Evidence based decision making, Gender mainstreaming, Equity, Feed- back, Diversity, Value for money Transparency and Integrity.

 The coalition draws from the wealth of experience of its Steering Committee members headed by Dr. David Olayemi of Save the Children an expert in nutrition advocacy as Chairman, Beatrice Eluaka, a former Nutrition Society of Nigeria president and Head of Nutrition in the Federal Ministry of Health who heads the Secretariat as project Director, etc. and the General Assembly which is made up of organisations and individuals who have carved a niche for themselves in the field of public health nutrition and food security.

Our Vision

A country where every citizen is food and nutrition secured.

Our Mission

To mobilize Non State Actors to advocate, generate evidence, build capacity and stimulate communities to scale up nutrition in Nigeria.


  • To advocate for effective coordination of all nutrition stakeholders and programmes in Nigeria
  • To create a platform through which Civil Society Organizations can effectively advocate for improved nutrition in Nigeria
  • To advocate and engage government to create nutrition budget lines in some key Federal and state Ministries in Nigeria as well as include CSOs in nutrition interventions as appropriate
  • To encourage and strongly advocate for the establishment of an effective and functional nutrition surveillance monitoring and evaluation systems
  • To build the capacity of CS-SUNN members to effectively engage in the pursuit of improved nutrition in Nigeria.

Governance Structure

The coalition in line with its constitution is structured as follows:

  • General Assembly (GA) vested with legislative powers of the coalition, made up of members of the coalition.
  • The Board of Trustees (BOT) is to perform ceremonial/legal, oversight and advocacy functions for the coalition.
  • The Steering Committee (SC) serves as the executive committee and supervises the nomination of the BOT members. They provide oversight of the day-to-day activities of the Coalition and its National Secretariat It shall represent the coalition in all National nutrition issues, programmes and events.

Membership Spread of the coalition

With a strong presence in Nigeria, CS-SUNN has become a key advocate for Nutrition. We have gained the knack to influence policy makers in Nigeria and with 109 registered member organization/partners (even at the grassroots level) spread across the six Geo-political zones; we bring on ideas that are translated into realities for nutrition interventions.
We believe that a well-nourished population is the basis of human progress and societal growth and development. CS-SUNN was created with the purpose to work and mobilize others to achieve a Nigeria where every citizen has food and is nutrition secured.
With CS-SUNN established only about 3 years ago, we have already attained 62% coverage in Nigeria with presence in Edo, Niger, Ondo, Lagos, Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa, Rivers, Plateau, Oyo, Benue, Imo, Akwa-Ibom, Kogi, Jigawa, Gombe, Abia, Enugu, Cross-River, Anambra, Sokoto, Zamfara states and the FCT.
No. of Registered Members
·         Now made up of 109 registered member organizations
·         Present in all 6 Geo-political zones; In 22+1 states out of 36+1 states
Today, CS-SUNN is still working in partnership with many stakeholders, including policy makers, professional bodies, media and others to achieve national and international goals instrumental in attaining Nutritional standards and right.
 The Board of Trustees (BOT)
1. Professor Ngozi Nnam
2. Dr. Philippa Momah
3. Dr. Bamidele Davis Omotola
The Steering Committee (SC)

The steering committee has membership from the following organizations:

1.        Dr. David Olayemi – Save the Children International- Chairman

2.        Dr. Dan Gadzama- APHPN- Co-Chairman

3.        Bar. Yinka Lawal- PRAWA- Secretary

4.        Ngozika Ogbonna- Greater Life Initiative- Chairman, Fundraising

5.        Arc. Ibecheole, Julius- Elohim Foundation- Chairman, Research

6.        Aji Robinson- Heal the Youth Foundation- Chairman, Advocacy

7.        Dr. Funmi Akinyele- Food Basket Foundation International (FBFI)- Chairman, Capacity Building

Since inception, the Coalition has been advocating for improved nutrition in Nigeria through holding government accountable and policy implementation by all stakeholders. The Coalition is currently implementing two nutrition advocacy projects in Nigeria namely:

On-going Projects

1. The Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH):

Project Background

The partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH) in Nigeria is a social accountability project implemented through the strategy of partnership building of indigenous CSOs, champions and activists to catalyze government at national and state levels in Nigeria to fulfill commitments on child and family health.

The project directly Targets women of reproductive age (15-49), children aged 0 to 5. Women of reproductive age are estimated to be 18% of the Nigerian population of 180,000,000, or 32,400,000. The population of children under the age of five is estimated to be 17.1%, or 30,780,000 children. It also targets CSOs whose capacity will be built to advocate for nutrition and indirectly child and family health decision makers in government at the national and state levels.

Scope of the project

The programmatic scope of the project will cover four key issue areas in child and family health (family planning, nutrition, routine immunization, ending deadly childhood diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea). The geographic scope of the project will cover all 3 focal states and will also focus on government at national and state levels. At the national level, the project will engage government to fulfill promises, to increase funding and to establish the regulatory framework to guide implementation at state level (Please download complete project details from our site; www.cs-sunn.org/ongoingproject

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