During the period 1990-2010, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) made significant progress in the fight against malnutrition, child malnutrition, and food security. This, thanks to public policies specifically aimed at achieving these fundamental goals for the social progress and development of the region.

However, in the last decade the region has experienced a significant increase in hunger and malnutrition, in most of the countries in the region malnutrition, overweight and obesity coexist (double burden of malnutrition) that especially affect populations vulnerable, including communities and ethnic groups, a situation that has been complicated by the pandemic generated by COVID-19.


Innovation for Nutrition (I4N) is an innovative and visionary initiative of the  World Food  Programme (WFP), aimed at reaffirming commitments and actively promoting the fight against malnutrition in Colombia and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine has impacted the Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) of millions of people around the world and the region.. 

I4N brings together leaders, youth, civil society, public institutes, entrepreneurs, private sector, local actors,  communities, and academia, among others, to contribute to accelerating transformative solutions and to  scaling up disruptive innovations aimed at ending hunger and malnutrition, through the empowerment of  communities and territories across the LAC region.

I4N promotes a holistic vision of nutrition as a central developmental theme associated with social inclusion, equality, and sustainable development issues, as well as cultural and environmental aspects. It seeks to position nutrition as a key instrument to actively foster the fulfillment of fundamental rights, as well as the well-being, social-economic development, and the empowerment of vulnerable populations.

Achieving better nutrition for all also depends on our ability to actively foster innovative solutions aimed at disrupting hunger. I4N seizes this challenge, and joins the innovation ecosystem in Colombia and in the LAC region, with the specific aim of identifying, testing, accelerating and scaling up disruptive and transformative solutions with the greatest potential to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, Zero Hunger, in a lasting manner.

No one can fight hunger alone. Joining efforts to achieve SDG 17 by fostering partnerships to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda, I4N is committed to strengthen existing partnerships and networks, and to facilitate the creation of new powerful alliances among key agents of change, including the territorial level, linking global to local, and stimulating creative and dynamic processes of innovation, co-creation and collaboration among civil society partners, communities, national institutions, academia, public and private sector, and the youth, all fighting for a common goal: eradicate hunger.

Territories and communities are often powerful drivers of change and transformation. I4N recognizes the extraordinary and unique value and contribution that different territories and communities can bring with their traditions, stories, traditional foods and productions, and their identities, culture and knowledge, to the challenge of solving hunger. I4N celebrates and leverages diversity and inclusion as drivers of change, transformation, inclusion and development in food security and nutrition.

Regional Pact

Ten countries (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay and Peru) have joined the Pact for a “Great Partnership for Nutrition and Zero Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean”, an extraordinary commitment to reposition the FSN as an urgent priority in the development and social inclusion agendas in the region.

Pact for a "Great Alliance for Nutrition and Zero Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean"


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Learn more about Innovation For Nutrition at wfp.org/I4N

Learn more about I4N at wfp.org/I4N and join this initiative and together we can reach Zero Hunger.