The Food & Nutrition Council

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Food & Nutrition Security

Everyone in Zimbabwe must have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food, now, and for the continuity of time. The FNC and fellow partners are at the helm of food security and nutrition programmes in the country.

Nutrition & Health

The quality of our nations nutritional health is just as important as access to reliable sources of food. Our food sources must be nutritious and every effort is made to ensure that the populace makes the right choices that contribute towards sound vitality.

Our Role...

The Food & Nutrition Council (“FNC“) acts as a Programmatic Support Agency for food and nutrition stakeholders. This role is primarily achieved through availing of critical food and nutrition data from various food and nutrition assessments.

A bit about us!

Founded in the year 2001, the Food & Nutrition Council is the lead agency under the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), tasked by Government with the responsibility of coordination, analysis and promotion of a cohesive national response by multiple sectors and stakeholders to food and nutrition insecurity in Zimbabwe.

Our Main Functions

Our work includes, but is not limited to the functions listed below.

  • FNC is the convener and coordinator of national food and nutrition security issues in Zimbabwe.
  • FNC charts a practical way forward for fulfilling legal and existing policy commitments in food and nutrition security.
  • FNC advises Government on strategic directions in food and nutrition security.
  • FNC undertakes a “watch dog role” and supports and facilitates action to ensure commitments in food and nutrition are kept on track by different sectors. This is done by way of food and nutrition assessments, data analysis and research, advocacy, strategic policy analysis and advise, multi-sectoral initiatives, and building national and sub-national capacity for food and nutrition.

Background & Achievements

Zimbabwe has long prioritized food and nutrition security as a multi-sectoral response. In 1995, the Government of Zimbabwe established a taskforce to recommend sustainable solutions to the persistent and growing problem of hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe. A Policy Framework document was prepared and in 1998. Cabinet agreed to a national consultative process to transform the Policy Framework into a national Food and Nutrition Security Policy (FNSP), whereinafter, to FNC in the year 2001.

Its work provides guidance for a practical way forward for fulfilling existing national commitments such as:

  • The Government of Zimbabwe has made commitments and sets itself national targets through Sustainable Development Goals. Of particular relevance, the Government has committed itself to End Hunger, Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition and Promote Sustainable Agriculture as described by SDG 2. Other SDGs, such as those aimed at eliminating poverty, promoting access to quality education and enhancing gender equality, remain central.
  • Government recently launched the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP)-2018-2020 in a bid to boost economic recovery. The TSP strives to operationalise Vision 2030 which seeks to transform Zimbabwe to become a middle-income country by 2030. The vision places economic development at its core and aims to attain an improved quality of life for all citizens (urban and rural).
  • Zimbabwe is signatory to the legally binding International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). According to article 11 of the ICESCR, “every human being has the right to adequate food and the fundamental right to be free from hunger’
  • FNC, mandated by the Government, developed a National Food and Nutrition Security Policy through a broad consultative process and it was launched in 2013. The goal of the policy is “promote and ensure adequate food and nutrition security for all people at all times in Zimbabwe, particularly amongst the most vulnerable, and in line with our cultural norms and values and the concept of rebuilding and maintaining family”. The policy commits Government to seven priority areas to ensure food and nutrition security.

Today, the FNC is at the helm of facilitating dialogue and advocacy on food and nutrition issues between Government and development partners through multi-stakeholder platforms. The outputs from these engagements are critical in informing policy formulation, implementation and monitoring.

  • Food and Nutrition Security Policy

    Coordinated the development of the Food and Nutrition Security Policy. The policy commits Government to spearhead a comprehensive and cohesive multi-sectoral response to ensure food and nutrition security for all Zimbabweans.

  • 2014-2018 National Nutrition Strategy

    Jointly coordinated with the Ministry of Health & Child Care in the development of the 2014-2018 National Nutrition Strategy. Reified and guided by the Food and Nutrition Security Policy, the National Nutrition Strategy’s mission is to implement evidence-based nutrition interventions that are integrated within a broad multi-sectoral collaboration framework.

  • Food & Nutrition Security Committees (FNSCS)

    Facilitated the establishment of Food and Nutrition Security Committees (FNSCS). These are institutional structures for coordinated multi-sectoral implementation of the Food and Nutrition Security Policy and programmes located at all administrative levels from the national to the community level. To date, 8 provincial, 42 rural district and 260 ward FNSCs have been established and resuscitated.

  • Livelihood & rapid nutrition assessments

    Led the undertaking of 18 Rural &6 Urban Livelihoods Assessments and various rapid nutrition assessments. These assessments are part of a comprehensive Food and Nutrition Security Information System (FNSIS) that informs Government and Development Partners on the priority areas for interventions and assists in the development of relevant programming that will save the lives and improve livelihoods of Zimbabweans.

  • Nutrition Surveillance and Surveys

    FNC continues to monitor and create awareness about Zimbabwe`s food and nutrition situation through regular national nutrition surveillance and assessments (NaNSA). In 2010 and 2018, FNC, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Health and Child Care, led in undertaking National Nutrition Surveys, in partnership with other Government ministries, UN agencies, NGOs and other development partners.

  • Zimbabwe Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)

    Zimbabwe Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) National Convener. The SUN is a very broad multi-stakeholder global partnership to support national plans to scale up nutrition. FNC is the SUN convener for Zimbabwe which joined the global SUN Movement as an early riser in 2011. As convener, FNC has facilitated the establishment of the Civil Society network, the UN network and the Donor Network. The Business/Private Sector and Research and Academia networks are still under establishment.

  • High level Advocacy and Communication

    Continues to coordinate high level meetings to ensure food and nutrition remain high on the national development agenda.

Our Vision & Goal

The vision of the Food & Nutrition Council of Zimbabwe is to promote a multi-sectoral response to food insecurity and nutrition problems to ensure that every Zimbabwean is free from hunger and malnutrition. This vision, is not negotiable as it reflects the truest intent of our vision for each and every Zimbabwean, today and tomorrow. The overall goal of FNC’s work is to contribute to improved food and nutrition security in Zimbabwe.

Latest Global News on Food Security & Nutrition

FAO calls for policies and investments targeting sustainable water use in the Middle East and North Africa

It is imperative to scale up policies and investments in the Middle East and North Africa to make water use in agriculture more sustainable and efficient and to ensure that all the people in the region have access to healthy diets, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

IAEA’s Nutritional and Health-Related Environmental Studies Newsletter – January 2019 edition

The 9th Nutritional & Health-related Environmental Studies Newsletter features the following articles.

Meeting outcomes

  • International Symposium on Understanding the Double Burden of Malnutrition for Effective Interventions
  • Stable isotopes and the double burdens of disease and malnutrition: reflections from the 8th African Nutritional Epidemiology Conference
  • 62nd IAEA General Conference: Botswana shares results on body composition and anaemia among children living in malaria prone-areas
  • Interregional project (INT/6/058) using stable isotopes to improve the evidence base for stunting reduction programmes worldwide

New publications

  • IAEA Brief: Stable Isotope Techniques Help to Address the Double Burden of Malnutrition
  • IAEA Video: Improving Health with Atomic Precision in Mauritius
  • IAEA Doubly Labelled Water Database
  • Assessment of Zinc Metabolism in Humans Using Stable Zinc Isotope Techniques
  • Body mass index vs deuterium dilution method in African children
  • IAEA’s role in fighting micronutrient malnutrition

Success stories

  • A nuclear technique helps Seychelles to identify key drivers of overweight and obesity in school children

This edition also features a NAHRES Special article entitled The future of food systems by the UNSCN.

You can download you copy here.

IAEA Brief: Stable Isotope Techniques Help to Address the Double Burden of Malnutrition

To be in good health, individuals require nutritious food, high-quality water, physical activity, adequate sleep, and a living environment devoid of germs and toxic contaminants. An imbalance in any of these factors may manifest in one or more forms of malnutrition including being undernourished or becoming overweight or obese. 

The term double burden of malnutrition (DBM) connotes a situation where at least two or more forms of malnutrition coexist at individual, household, or national levels and at different points in an individual’s life. The IAEA supports countries in applying stable isotope techniques to assess key indicators associated with the DBM and to evaluate the impact of corrective actions to address it, thereby contributing to evidence-based policy formulation.

To learn more about their work, and to download your copy of the IAEA Brief: Stable Isotope Techniques Help to Address the Double Burden of Malnutrition, visit here.

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