We co-ordinate food and nutrition security information and analysis, within the context of a national food and nutrition information system, that is credible, transparent, scientific, relevant and timely and that informs multi-sectoral actions that address food and nutrition security. Food and nutrition security assessments are coordinated by a multi-stakeholder committee known as the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC). ZimVAC is a consortium of Government, UN agencies, NGOs and other international organisations.
Advocacy is a systematic and continuous process which aims to gather relevant existing and emerging information on a specific area of interest and package it in to seamless messages communicated to key stakeholders in policy formulation and adaptation. We advise Government on strategic directions in food and nutrition security and provide information and education on emerging issues in the area of food and nutrition security at international, regional and national platforms, down to community level discourse, interactions, community outreach and other levels and innovative means of engagement.
Historically, approaches to food and nutrition security were often segmented, with nutrition security often lagging behind agricultural production. The establishment of the Food and Nutrition Council, and the later formulation the Food and Nutrition Security Policy, formally introduced a combined approach to food and nutrition security. We therefore promite multi-sectoral approaches to addressing food and nutrition insecurity through strengthening national systems and structures at all levels (National, Provincial & District) and promotion of multi-sectoral programme innovations and best practices.
Food safety and nutrition standards compliance is at the heart of operation in this programme. FNC aims to promote best practices based on a solid scientific foundations of food safety through strengthened multi-sectoral co-ordination around food safety and nutrition standards compliance and accompanying control systems. We work to strengthens FNC’s role of coordinating, supporting and ensuring multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral adherence to national and international food safety standards. This is also achieved through promoting innovative approaches to locally produced products.
FNC aims at coordinating the implementation of multisectoral nutrition sensitive programming particularly to reduce undernutrition by adopting a nutrition specific and nutrition -sensitive approach across all programming. The thrust includes addressing chronic undernutrition as a specific priority, building on the results of the latest research on the importance of and best means for promoting nutrition, particularly for vulnerable groups.