FNC Units

This is the public relations and marketing unit of the Food and Nutrition Council. It increases visibility and advocates on issues related to food and nutrition security to inform perceptions and understanding of these issues among multiple stakeholders, including senior Government officials and the general public.

The unit is responsible advocacy, information and education on emerging issues in the area of food and nutrition security at international, regional and national platforms, down to community level discourse. It aims to increase awareness of food and nutrition security issues in Zimbabwe through innovative and strategic approaches of information sharing and communication on specific priority issues using multiple media. The unit also supports the dissemination of information of the food and nutrition security situation.

Together with other units, it enables high level advocacy to ensure that food and nutrition security is kept high on the national developmental agenda. The Advocacy and Communication Unit ensures that all of the Food and Nutrition Council’s partners are informed and aware of what the organisation aims to do and what it has achieved under the leadership of the various units. It does this by maintaining an effective and efficient information management system on national food and nutrition security, including an electronic data base, website and reference library of all relevant food and nutrition security reports. It also facilitates the publishing and dissemination of national situational findings and analyses on food and nutrition security surveys, assessments and synthesized quarterly bulletins and monthly newsletters.

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Advocacy and information products produced aim to bridge the gap between policy-makers, implementers, development partners and the people on whom policy and activities will have the greatest impact.

The products meaningfully unpacking the national development agenda and customizing messages appropriately, to suit intended audiences.

The work of this unit is in line with Commitment VI of the Food and Nutrition Security Policy – Food and Nutrition Security Information: Assessment, Analysis and Early Warning.

Specifically, it coordinates the design and implementation of monitoring and accountability frameworks for the Food and Nutrition Security Policy and the National Food and Nutrition Security Strategic Action Plan, as well as analysis and production of timely national food security and nutrition assessments and surveillance tools such as quarterly bulletins that synthesize Zimbabwe’s food and nutrition security situation.

It undertakes research that promotes learning in innovative approaches for promoting food and nutrition security in close collaboration with research partners. The unit also maintains information data-base (electronic and hard copies) of all food and nutrition security assessments, surveillance reports including research studies and policies.

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This unit ensures that the Food and Nutrition Council has the appropriate systems and operational capacity in place to fulfil its mandate. It ensures that a performance and competency based system that facilitates and encourages delivery of results and high-quality work by all staff is in place. It also coordinates robust administrative and financial systems to allow the Food and Nutrition Council to work with partners in a transparent and accountable manner.

The unit also maintains and protects all equipment and assets to ensure that they are effectively used for work purposes. It provides adequate logistics to support the core functions of the organisation and ensures that staff capacity is strengthened based upon competencies and skills required to perform functions.

The unit’s work is guided by Commitment IV of the Food and Nutrition Security Policy – Food Safety and Standards.

Adherence to food and nutrition standards, at all levels from food production, processing and packaging and consumption is critical towards ensuring food and nutrition for the whole population.

It is this unit’s core business to strengthen multi-stakeholder and sectoral adherence to national and international food safety standards and promote innovative approaches to locally produced food products. Furthermore, innovative food and nutrition programmes being implemented across different sectors have the potential to greatly improve food and nutrition security. In the context of economic growth and development, within Zimbabwe, these aspects of work are extremely relevant.

The Food Safety and Nutrition Standards Unit facilitates the harmonization of efforts by the key stakeholders involved in maintaining the various aspects of food quality and safety standards (i.e. government analyst department, standards Association) to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food that meets national regional and international quality and safety standards.

It also facilitates the review, updating and monitoring of food and nutrition standards (from farm to folk or through the food chain from production to consumption,) as well as the establishment of new food and nutrition standards as need arise, in line with national, regional and international standards.

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The work of this unit falls in line with Commitment VII of the Food and Nutrition Security Policy – Enhancing and strengthening national capacity for food and nutrition security.

Through this unit, the Food and Nutrition Council facilitates and strengthens capacities (training, evidence, documented best practice) and structures (including Food and Nutrition Security Committees at all levels) to support multi-sectoral approaches to food and nutrition security. The unit contributes to developing systems and evidence to demonstrate the impact of multi-sectoral approaches for the purpose of learning and scaling-up. Specifically it supports the functioning of effective Food and Nutrition Security Committees for the coordination of food and nutrition security issues at all levels, including strengthening the partnership between Government and non-Government actors.

The Multi-sectoral Coordination Unit ensures that strategic alliances and community mechanisms reflect and reinforce broad-based multi-sectoral approaches to enhancing food and nutrition security. It develops monitoring tools for demonstrated best-practice and scaling-up of programmes and interventions that demonstrate the contribution and impact of multi-sectoral interventions toward achieving food and nutrition security. The unit also strengthens national capacity through in-service training on multi-sectoral approaches for addressing food and nutrition insecurity at provincial and district level for Nutritionists, Health Professionals, Agriculture Extension Workers, Social Development Workers and other related professionals.

For details on programme areas coordinated by the unit please click here.

The work of this unit falls in line with Commitment VII of the Food and Nutrition Security Policy – Enhancing and strengthening national capacity for food and nutrition security.

Through this unit, the Food and Nutrition Council facilitates and strengthens capacities (training, evidence, documented best practice) and structures (including Food and Nutrition Security Committees at all levels) to support multi-sectoral approaches to food and nutrition security. The unit contributes to developing systems and evidence to demonstrate the impact of multi-sectoral approaches for the purpose of learning and scaling-up. Specifically it supports the functioning of effective Food and Nutrition Security Committees for the coordination of food and nutrition security issues at all levels, including strengthening the partnership between Government and non-Government actors.

The Multi-sectoral Coordination Unit ensures that strategic alliances and community mechanisms reflect and reinforce broad-based multi-sectoral approaches to enhancing food and nutrition security. It develops monitoring tools for demonstrated best-practice and scaling-up of programmes and interventions that demonstrate the contribution and impact of multi-sectoral interventions toward achieving food and nutrition security. The unit also strengthens national capacity through in-service training on multi-sectoral approaches for addressing food and nutrition insecurity at provincial and district level for Nutritionists, Health Professionals, Agriculture Extension Workers, Social Development Workers and other related professionals.

For details on programme areas coordinated by the unit please click here.