Nutrition governance

In Zambia, a special Permanent Secretaries Committee has been appointed at the Cabinet level and is represented by nine Ministries (Health; Education; Agriculture and Livestock; Community Development, Mother and Child Health; Local Government and Housing; Gender and Child Development; Finance; and Youth and Sport). The Permanent Secretaries Committee convenes regularly to discuss multi-sectoral issues, of which nutrition. In addition, a National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) has been created, chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, constituting the national multi-stakeholder platform bringing together partners for nutrition. Five line ministries have designated Focal Points for Nutrition to galvanise coordination. This mutli-stakeholder coordinating structure has been decentralised with the establishment of Provincial and Districts Nutrition Coordinating Committees (PNCCs & DNCCs).
The Nutrition Cooperating Partners (NCPs) Forum includes the United Nations system and donors. The civil society alliance, CSO-SUN, has inspired the organisation of a parliamentarian group which brings together parliamentarians from different parties to have a coordinated voice for nutrition. The recently established Business Network has over 22 member organisations. A new Academic Network has developed Terms of Reference and a Scope of Work towards development of the national research agenda.

The Revised Sixth National Development Plan 2013-2016 (R-SNDP) is aimed at achieving the objectives set out in the Vision 2030 of becoming a “Prosperous middle-income country by 2030”. Nutrition has been integrated into the R-SNDP by its mainstreaming across sectoral policies (including the National Health Policy, the National Health Strategic Plan, the National Agricultural Policy, the Agriculture Investment Plan, and the Social Protection Policy) and across all sector specific implementation plans of the R-SNDP (in addition to Governance, HIV and AIDS, Gender, Disability and Environment and Disaster Risk Management).
A consultative process has been initiated to review the NFNC Act of 1967 in order to broaden the law for a multi-sectoral response to the nutritional problems affecting various sub-populations, and to revise the National Food and Nutrition Policy (NFNC) 2006. A draft Food and Nutrition Bill has been developed and approved by the Cabinet and awaits approval by the Parliament.

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