FNC is taking part in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Global Gathering underway in Kathmandu, Nepal. The gathering is running from the 4th to the 7th of November 2019 under the theme “Nourishing People and Planet Together”. As the focal point, FNC is leading a delegation comprised of members from SUN Zimbabwe Networks which include SUN Research and Academia Platform (SUNRAP), Donor network, UN Network and the Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisation for Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (ZCSOSUNA).

The SUN Global Gathering brings together SUN Government Focal Points and representatives of their partners. It is the flagship event of the SUN Movement and an important moment where members take stock of progress and challenges, share their innovations and learn what is helping to reduce malnutrition across all SUN Countries. At this event, countries get the opportunity to share and learn from each other how they are fighting against all forms of malnutrition. FNC is showcasing various initiatives being undertaken by food and nutrition stakeholders to tackle malnutrition in the country. The exhibition is highlighting the importance of implementing a multi-stakeholder response as food and nutrition challenges cannot be tackled by 1 sector alone.

The Food and Nutrition Council conducted Traditional leaders’ sensitization meetings on the Multi-sectoral Community Based Model for addressing food and nutrition insecurity to reduce stunting (MCBM) programme across the nine districts of Murehwa, Mutoko, Hwange, Beitbridge, Insiza, Binga, Nkayi, Kariba and Zvimba. The meetings were held between the 16th and 19th of September 2019 and were attended by Chiefs, Headmen and Councilors. The purpose of the meetings was to secure the concrete commitment of traditional leaders to the programme. It also served as a platform for outlining the roles and responsibilities of the community leaders in food and nutrition programmes as well as updating the traditional leaders on the food and nutrition situation in their respective districts.

Traditional Leaders As Conduits of Stunting Reduction -Lessons Learnt

Since traditional leaders are fully connected with their communities, their involvement as agents of change towards optimal food and nutrition security is fundamental to the MCBM approach. This is one of the critical lessons that has been learnt in the implementation of the MCBM since its pilot and scale-up phases.