FNC Programmes

Policy Analysis and Advice

Internationally, the work of FNC is guided by 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”. The Government of Zimbabwe also set itself national targets through the Millennium Development Goals, including reducing poverty, under-nutrition, child and maternal mortality.

Regionally, Zimbabwe has committed to the following frameworks:

  • SADC Food and Nutrition Security Framework
  • Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
  • 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:

Regionally, Zimbabwe has committed to the following frameworks:

  • 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.

In an effort to promote Food and Nutrition security in global, regional and national economic and development agendas through policy analysis and advice, and coordination of the implementation of Food and Nutrition Security Policy and ZimASSET, and ensure that Zimbabwe is informed and informs global and regional policy networks and initiatives, FNC will undertake the following activities in 2015:

  • Co-ordination and facilitation of the review of relevant policies
  • Participation in the formulation and finalization of policies as and when these are initiated by relevant sectors.
    Examples of these include the
    - Livestock Policy being finalized by the Ministry of Agriculture
    - The Community Development Policy
    - Social Protection Policy
  • Engagement of academic institutions to conduct research on emerging food and nutrition issues
  • Active participation in ZimASSET Food and Nutrition Cluster meetings
  • Participation in Expo Milano 2015 planning meetings

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.