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

World Food Day sees call for bolder action to make healthy and sustainable diets available to all

At the global World Food Day ceremony today speakers called for bolder and faster action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets available and affordable for all.

Accelerated Reduction Effort on Anaemia Webinar

16 October, from 16:00 to 17:00 CEST ( 10:00-11:00 EDT)

This Wednesday the Accelerated Reduction Effort on Anaemia (AREA) Community of Practice (CoP) is hosting the webinar: Universal Health Coverage: What it means for anaemia reduction programmes.

The webinar will explore this topic through a discussion with Dr Ellen Piwoz, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Dr Rebecca A. Heidkamp, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

More information can be found at the WHO Nutrition website here

Registration can be found here

Universal Health Coverage: what it means for anaemia reduction programmes

Last month, world leaders adopted a high-level United Nations Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). It is the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means that all people can use the health care they need without the risk of financial hardship and with the right quality to be effective, from preventive to palliative services.

What does this mean for anaemia, and is UHC attainable in anaemia reduction programmes?

This webinar will explore this topic through a discussion with Dr Ellen Piwoz, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Dr. Rebecca A. Heidkamp, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

We need to be well-equipped to join the UHC conversation at the national and global levels to advocate for anaemia reduction programmes.

You can also register to become a member of the AREA CoP, by clicking on the following link:

The Community of Practice (CoP) aims to support members of the global community dedicated to improving and scaling up existing methods and strategies for anaemia reduction in a holistic and cohesive manner; to build consensus for engagement in AREA at the global, regional and national level and commit to the achievement of the Global Nutrition Targets 2025 endorsed by the 65th World Health Assembly.

#WorldFoodDay

16 October 2019

Celebrated annually on 16 October, #WorldFoodDay promotes awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and highlights the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. Events will be organised in up to 150 countries, bringing together businesses, NGOs, journalists, media agencies, cities and civic society organizations.

2019’s campaign, Our actions are our future, Healthy diets for a #ZeroHunger worldcalls for cross-sector activity to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and available to everyone. At the same time, it reminds us all to start thinking about what we eat.

This year’s focus reflects the reality that healthy diets are fast becoming one of the leading priorities in achieving Zero Hunger by 2030.  Today, while over 800 million people suffer from hunger, over 670 million adults and 120 million girls and boys (5-19 years) are obese, and over 40 million children under five are overweight.

A combination of unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles has sent obesity rates soaring, not only in developed countries, but also in low-income countries, where hunger and obesity often coexist.

With the big day on the horizon, now is the perfect opportunity to start thinking about ways to get involved and engage with WFD 2019. A good place to start is the WFD website, where you can learn more about this year’s theme and the activities planned so far.

One of the first things you can do is make a commitment to healthy diets and share it on social media, using the hashtags #WorldFoodDay and #ZeroHunger. Use the free materials on the WFD digital channels to inform, educate and engage audiences.

You could also bring WFD to your hometown or city, by encouraging municipalities, outdoor advertisers, transportation companies, shops or airports to display WFD advertisements. Why not help organize events to engage the public – marches, marathons, festivals, exhibitions, cooking demonstrations, public lectures and roundtable discussions – the options are endless. Put your thinking caps on and get creative!

To help you promote and publicise, various communication materials have been created and can be found on the WFD workspace. The range of resources on offer includes a poster, a brochure, an event banner, web/social media graphics and an activity book for kids. Colleagues in all offices are invited to share these among partners in an effort to increase the global impact of WFD.

The photo contest is also on! This year’s contest (running until 8 November), calls on children and teens aged 5-19, to use their imaginations to create posters that illustrate their idea of what needs to be done to make healthy diets accessible for everyone and how each of us can improve our diets.

The WFD poster contest is an important tool for engaging the young generation and inspiring them to become advocates for a Zero Hunger world. You can do your bit and promote it among schools, educational organizations and youth groups.

For lots more ideas on ways you can get involved and contribute to this global movement, check out the get started guide, available in English, French and Spanish.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s all make a commitment to healthy diets today and start getting ready for WFD 2019!

Contact world-food-day@fao.org for further information.

See the highlights of WFD 2019 events here.

Join the conversation #ZeroHunger and #WorldFoodDay

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