Policy Environment


The government of Zimbabwe has made great strides in creating and adhering to a conducive policy

The government of Zimbabwe has made great strides in creating and adhering to a conducive policy

Internationally, Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) which states; “every human being has the right to adequate food and the fundamental right to be free from hunger”, guides the work of the Food Nutrition Council. The Government of Zimbabwe also set itself national targets through the Millennium Development Goals, including reducing poverty, under-nutrition, child and maternal mortality. Zimbabwe has committed to the following regional and international frameworks:

  •  African Union’s Agenda 2063
  •  SADC Food and Nutrition Security Framework
  •  Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Framework
  •  Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Framework.

At a national level, the Zimbabwe Constitution of 2012 defines food and nutrition security as a national human right. Zimbabwe’s high level commitment to food and nutrition security is further reflected in two main national policies; the Food and Nutrition Security Policy as well as the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimASSET).

FNC was mandated by the Government to develop a national Food and Nutrition Security Policy, through a broad consultative process. Adopted by Cabinet and launched in 2013, the policy includes a number of commitments, strategic objectives and accountabilities summarised by the following commitments:

  •  1. Policy analysis and advice
  •  2. Agriculture and food security
  •  3. Social assistance and social protection
  •  4. Food Safety and standards
  •  5. Nutrition security
  •  6. Food and nutrition security information, assessment and early warning
  •  7. Enhancing and strengthening national capacity for food and nutrition security

The Council is therefore responsible for ensuring that this Policy is supported and implemented through relevant Ministries and partners.

The recently developed economic blue print, ZimASSET outlines the vision of empowering the Zimbabwean society and growing the economy through the following broad and strategic clusters:

  •  1. Food Security and Nutrition
  •  2. Social Services and Poverty Eradication
  •  3. Infrastructure and Utilities
  •  4. Value addition and Beneficiation

It is within this context that FNC strives to ensure that the best interests of national food and nutrition security are reflected in and supported through policy and economic trends. analysis that will best inform national decision-makers. It is through the Food and Nutrition Security Advisory Group (FNSAG), a high level forum for strategic dialogue for multiple stakeholders that work of FNC in this regard informs strategic direction and resource mobilization nationally.