FNC Programmes

Multi-Sectoral Coordination

Historically, approaches to food and nutrition security were often segmented, with nutrition security often lagging behind agricultural production. The establishment of the Food and Nutrition Council, and the later formulation the Food and Nutrition Security Policy, formally introduced the combined approach to food and nutrition security; where nutrition is now also being viewed as an input to economic development as opposed to an output of that; as well as the multi-sectoral approach now adapted in the coordination of all national action in the fight against food insecurity and malnutrition, in Zimbabwe.

The policy’s accompanying implementation strategy details activities that span from Cabinet level, through a Standing Cabinet Committee on Food and Nutrition Security, right down to Sub-District Food and Nutrition Security Committees, with several multi-stakeholder co-ordination platforms in-between, the national priority of effecting change at household are well within reach.

Zimbabwe’s long-term commitment to prioritizing food and nutrition security through multi-sectoral action has been further emphasized through the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimASSET), an economic blueprint which identifies priority areas to be addressed for effective economic recovery. This document is also another firm foundation on which stakeholders from a variety of previously seemingly unrelated sectors can engage, build partnerships and chart comprehensive approaches to food and nutrition security.

Internationally, an important demonstration of Zimbabwe’s multi-sectoral approaches include joining the SUN Movement, a global multi-sectoral platforms addressing nutrition security. SUN Zimbabwe networks include an array of participants from government, UN and donor agencies, civil society, academia, media and the business sectors among other, all focussed on the common goal of nutrition security.

At national levels, several home-grown solutions are being applied to ensure that discussion platforms centred on food and nutrition security

are well-rounded, representative and penetrate the necessary sectors, for more holistic action.

High-level multi-sectoral platforms include the Standing Cabinet Committee on Food and Nutrition Security, Working Party of Permanent Secretaries on Food and Nutrition Security, which both constitute representation of the following key ministries identified as pivotal to national food and nutrition security efforts:

  • Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development (Vice Chairperson)
  • Health and Child Care
  • Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare
  • Finance and Economic Development
  • Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development
  • Local Government, Public Works and National Housing
  • Lands and Rural Settlement
  • Higher and Tertiary Educationlopment
  • Primary and Secondary Education
  • Small to Medium Enterprises and Co-operative Development
  • Tourism and Hospitality Industry
  • Transport Infrastructural Development
  • Industry and Commerce
  • Environment, Water and Climate

Functioning (multi-sectoral) Food and Nutrition Security Committees at Provincial and District levels

  • Development of an Implementation Plan for the resuscitation, capacity enhancement and ongoing technical support for FNSCs. This will lead to the resuscitation of 3 Urban Provincial FNSCs and 22 District FNSCs
  • Convening of FNSC meetings as well stakeholder engagement for priority activity planning within the National Committee
  • Review and Consolidation of Provincial and District FNSC Quarterly Updates to include the latest feedback
  • Food Aid Working Group
  • Monitoring of the functionality of FNSC activities

Sector specific food and nutrition security policies, and guidance tools; strategic alliances and community mechanisms that reflect and re-enforce a broad based multi-sectoral approach to food and nutrition insecurity

  • Healthy Harvest dissemination to FNSCs and Trainings in 12 Districts.
  • Develop an Implementation plan for Community-based Multi-sectoral Food and Nutrition Programme to include; Sensitisation Trainings; Implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Identify Context Specific drivers of Stunting and food and nutrition insecurity.
  • Conduct Resource Gap Analysis for District FNSCs.
  • Support partner-initiated multi-sectoral food and nutrition security programmes.
  • Actively participate in regional and global meetings and contribute to multi-sectoral food and nutrition security initiatives in the regional and international arena.
  • Improve coordination and linkages with academic and research institutions for documentation of best practice in multi-sectoral food and nutrition security programming and the establishment of a working group to this effect.

Development of monitoring tools and demonstration of best-practice

  • Develop an overall guidance material for critical sectors relevant to multi-sectoral food and nutrition security action
  • Monitoring of major FNS programme and their impact on national food and nutrition security
  • Finalize and implement the monitoring framework for FNSCs
  • Establishment of a database of FNSCs and their activities

Strengthened national capacity through in-service training on multi-sectoral approaches

Conduct a curriculum review of major tertiary institutions providing training that relates to food and nutrition security (University of Zimbabwe, Midlands State University and Chinhoyi University of Technology) to produce a review document which will inform further action, including the establishment collaborative structures with academic institutions and the formation of an Association to that effect.

The Food & Nutrition Council's Vision

To promote a multi-sectoral response to food and nutrition insecurity problems and ensure that every Zimbabwean is free from hunger and malnutrition.