To bring youth and adolescents at national level to demonstrate Nutrition Club knowledge and to build and extend their network, the Nutrition Olympiad was introduced in 2017 by Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID).
Youth and adolescents along with policy makers, development agencies, academia, participate in the Nutrition Olympiad, the successive 4 years (2017-2020) had triggered national attention to focus on adolescent nutrition. To scale up the Nutrition Olympiad at global level, BIID Foundation along with partners International Nutrition Olympiad in 2021. Positively this step got aligned with the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit to be held in December 2021.
Since the Tokyo Nutrition for growth (N4G) Summit is going to be organized by the end of 2021, will be the biggest platform to bring all relevant stakeholders of nutrition with the agenda to highlight nutrition as the priority investment area in development agenda. This will be an unique opportunity for the adolescents & youth, the future leaders to heard their voice, network & share expectations to the global leaders. International Nutrition Olympiad as a side event is planned to be organized during the N4G summit. The side event will gather adolescents & youth representatives from Bangladesh as well as other countries and facilitate a platform to share their potential roles & contributions to address malnutrition prevails in countries like Bangladesh.
INO has the similar vision set by the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021 and the side event will contribute to the summit significantly in terms of inclusive participation, ensure participation of adolescents & youth in global policy making process on relevant agenda, and foster engagement of future leaders in this very important global initiative.