Nutrition governance

Kenya’s Constitution recognises the right to be free from hunger and have access to basic nutrition. The Kenya Food and Nutrition Security Policy (KFNSP) was endorsed in 2012 by nine ministries. A multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder road map is under development to anchor nutrition coordination at the highest level. A National Nutrition Action Plan (NNAP) was developed for 2012–2017 and in 2014, 66% of Kenya’s counties developed related nutrition action plans.

Nutrition-specific interventions are coordinated by the Nutrition Interagency Coordinating Committee (NICC), chaired by the SUN Government Focal Point, who is the Director of Nutrition at the Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation. The NICC involves five ministries, the UN, civil society and academia, and is assisted by a newly established SUN Technical and Advisory Committee and a SUN coordination team, composed of the nine ministries that signed up the KFNSP.

Nutrition is also integrated in the following documents: Agriculture Sector Development Strategy; National Development and Poverty Reduction 2030 Strategy; Economic Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation; National School Health Policy; National Social Protection Policy, and in drafts of the Health Bill and Health Policy 2030. However, guidelines for mainstreaming nutrition in sectoral policies are lacking.

As there is no common framework for nutrition-sensitive actions, discussions are ongoing to identify key indicators and programs that different ministries can engage in. Policy analysis and financial tracking to determine the nutrition sensitivity of sectors will inform this process and help define what needs to be aligned within sectors.

Kenya now has four SUN networks in place: UN agencies, Donors, Business and Civil Society, each with terms of reference, work plans and identified conveners (respectively UNICEF; EU; GAIN; ACF). Discussions are ongoing regarding the establishment of an academic platform.

NIPN implementation

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) is leading the implementation of the NIPN and will be hosting the analysis unit. The KNBS will work in collaboration with the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) which will facilitate the work of the advisory committee. The project started in January 2018.

Project resources

Title / SummaryAuthorsPublication date
Information platforms in Kenya
This review describes information platforms and electronic data portals that are relevant to human nutrition. It starts by describing the main data sharing platforms and portals including dashboards and websites from which information relevant to nutrition can be accessed. It then presents a matrix of the sources of data, where they are located, their accessibility and availability, the contact persons, and the address of relevant websites.
John Owuor2017-06

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