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

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 - Safeguarding against economic slowdowns and downturns

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 is an important measure of global progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger. It gives an updated estimate of the number of hungry people in the world, including regional and national breakdowns, and the latest data on child stunting and wasting as well as on adult and child obesity. The report also offers analysis of the drivers of hunger and malnutrition, and this year includes a special focus on the impact of economic slowdowns and downturns. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 is presented by FAO with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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UNSCN Nutrition 44 – Food environments: Where people meet the food system

This year, the 44th edition of the UNSCN Nutrition (previously UNSCN News) – flagship publication of the UNSCN - explores the contexts in which consumers engage with the food system to make their decisions about acquiring, preparing and consuming food, and the impact of such food environment on their final dietary choices.

Food environments is a new concept and its relevance for a better understanding of food systems is still a matter of debate. Researchers have not yet reached a unique agreed-upon definition of food environments but they tend to converge towards a combination of external and personal factors eventually influencing people’s food choices, attitudes and habits. While food availability, prices, vendors, product properties, marketing and regulation design the food environment externally, a secure food environment also depends on personal aspects such as geographical access, affordability, convenience and desirability of food for the consumer. The food environment will influence the consumers’ dietary habits on the long-term and thus their nutritional and health status. It is thus imperative that food environments are shaped to meet the personal consumers’ needs.

Food environments are shaped by a myriad of factors: taxes and subsidies, marketing and advertisements, production and value chains etc. with their implications for consumer’s choices and the quality of diets.  What initiatives can increase consumer demand for healthy diets? What government policy and fiscal measures can positively influence what food is available to consumers and lead to healthier dietary choices?  What lessons are available from national and/or local interventions?

The 44th edition of the UNSCN Nutrition - Food environments: Where people meet the food system provides an overview of several food environment related issues through selected publications of authors from all stakeholder groups: government, academics, civil society, and the private sector.

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