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.

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Call for Contributions: UNSCN Nutrition - Edition 44

Open until 10 January 2019

UNSCN Nutrition is the flagship, peer-reviewed publication of the UNSCN, previously entitled UNSCN News. The 2019 edition will focus on food environments to enable healthy and nutritious diets.

On a daily basis, people acquire and consume food through their food environments. It is the link between diets and the wider food system. It considers the ability to access nutritious food affordably and conveniently. It is also shaped by external factors, such as the price and availability of food, as well as the taste, marketing and regulations that impact what is being promoted.

There are various ways in which the food environment has been defined. The 2017 HLPE defines it as “the physical, economic, political and socio-cultural context in which consumers engage with the food system to make their decisions about acquiring, preparing and consuming food”(HLPE 2017). Others have defined food environments more in terms of the foods themselves, as “all the foods which are available and accessible to people in the settings in which they go about their daily lives. That is, the range of foods in supermarkets, small retail outlets, wet markets, street food stalls, coffee shops, tea houses, school canteens, restaurants and all the other venues where people procure and eat food” (FAO), encompassing the aspects of availability, affordability, convenience, and desirability (Herforth and Ahmed 2015).

From local markets to megastores, food environments are changing rapidly as people move from rural to urban areas and as dietary preferences evolve. This evolution has also led to a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity and deaths from non-communicable diseases, especially in high income countries. Food labelling, product positioning, advertising, promotions and marketing are particularly influential, especially when children are the target audience. When designed effectively, policies and fiscal measures can positively influence what is available for consumers and lead to healthier choices. Efforts aimed at introducing greater nutrition into the supply chain, improving post-harvest practices and increasing the nutrient content of foods through, for example, food fortification, are also essential.

This Call for Contributions welcomes academically rigorous examples of the positive and negative effects of our current food environments on nutrition. Programs that increase consumer demand for healthy food such as consumer behaviour change communications, social marketing and nutrition education are also welcome.

KEY QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION

  • What have national or local governments done to improve food environments?
  • What has been the impact of price interventions on consumption?
  • How can inherently nutritious foods be made more convenient for consumers? What is the role of private sector?
  • What workforce development and training opportunities are needed to build the necessary skills and leadership capacity to improve food environments?
  • What are some specific observations around how food environments are changing in LMICs?
  • What are some examples of public procurement affecting food environments?

We welcome contributions on the following categories:

Feature articles: 3,000 words articles related to the general topic of the publication. The articles will be submitted to peer review and can include conceptual contributions or practical examples of policies and programmes.

Speaker's Corner: 1,500 words articles with the authors’ views regarding a hot topic in nutrition policy or programme. The section sometimes features a counterpoint by another author holding an opposite opinion to stimulate debate on important issues. Your contribution could also serve to share your food environment story and how that has impacted the health and well-being of your family and community.

Publications: recent publications of relevance to nutrition, including manuals, tools and guidelines that are usually not found in regular bookstores. Max. 200 words per submission.

Please send your contributions electronically to the UNSCN News to SCN@fao.org with the title “UNSCN Nutrition Proposal”. For editorial information, please refer to the UNSCN News Guidelines for Contributors available here.

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Deadline: 10 January 2019

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