Nutrition governance

Uganda has aligned existing country plans and strategies towards the outcome of better nutrition, and nutrition is now a priority intervention in Uganda’s National Development Plan (NDP). Uganda’s Second NDP (2016-2020) has set a target of reducing stunting to 22% from the current prevalence of 33.4%. The Uganda Food and Nutrition Policy (UFNP) aims to promote food security and adequate nutrition for the population through multi-sectoral and co-coordinated interventions that focus on improved nutrition and increased incomes. Recognising that cross-sectoral, inter-agency collaboration is necessary, the government designed the Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP) with the full participation of all stakeholders involved in nutrition, to lead multi-sectoral nutrition-related activities. The UNAP focuses public resources and national efforts to bring about improvements in nutrition among young children in their first 1,000 days and women of reproductive age by scaling up the implementation of a package of proven and cost-effective interventions.

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is directly responsible for the coordination of the UNAP, through the UNAP Secretariat in the Department of Policy Implementation and Coordination. The Secretariat links with different platforms and committees including:

  • A Cabinet Sub-Committee;
  • The Food and Nutrition Council comprising the Permanent Secretaries of the eight implementing ministries: Local Government; Education and Sports; Health; Agriculture; Animal Industry and Fisheries; Trade, Industry and Cooperatives; Gender, Labour and Social Development; Finance, Planning and Economic Development, and the National Planning Authority; and
  • The Multi-Sectoral Technical Coordination Committee, which comprises eight implementing line ministries (listed above), the National Planning Authority, development partners, civil society organisations (CSOs), academia and the private sector.

NIPN implementation

The Office of the Prime Minister is leading the implementation of the NIPN, in close collaboration with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics. The latter will host the analysis unit, benefiting from technical assistance from UNICEF. The project started in January 2018.

Project resources

Title / SummaryAuthorsPublication date
A review of policies for improving human nutrition in Uganda and the use of evidence for making policy
A review of inter-sectoral and sectoral policy documents related to nutrition was undertaken and interviews were conducted with national policy-makers and stakeholders working in nutrition. The study reveals that some robust administrative procedures for policy making, planning, budgeting and implementation are in place and provide a good basis to increase the effectiveness of the implementation of programmes to improve nutrition. It also concludes that even if a large body of information related to the nutritional status of the Ugandan population is available, it may not necessarily meet the needs for information of decision makers or be easily accessible.
Lilia Turcan, Tim Bene2017-12

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