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Investments in nutrition mobilised for the full potential and quality of human capital in Côte d’Ivoire

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN Donor Network

From 15-16 September 2016, a donor round table was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to mobilise resources for the implementation of the Côte d’Ivoire National and Multisectoral Nutrition Plan (2016-2020). The nutrition plan was adopted at an event chaired by President Alassane Ouattara in May this year.

Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan and SUN Movement Coordinator, Gerda Verburg.

Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan and SUN Movement Coordinator, Gerda Verburg.

Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Finance and Budget, Daniel Kablan Duncan opened the event and welcomed over 300 participants, including SUN Movement Coordinator, Ms Gerda Verburg.

The cost of the plan, estimated at 267 billion CFA francs (US $ 470 million) will be funded up to 15% by the State of Côte d’Ivoire (approximately CFAF 40 billion) and will require contributions from technical and financial partners for the mobilization of the balance”

Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Raymonde Coffie Goudou

Eighteen ministers of the Ivorian Government signed a declaration to “reduce malnutrition in all its forms to the acceptable threshold level, promote multisectoriality with the participation of all involved parties and the convergence of actions as relevant approaches to speed the improvement of the population nutritional status”.

Gerda welcomed the official launch of the National Nutrition Plan Funding, which will see the involvement of 14 departments, international organisations and the private sector. According to her, this ambitious project will enable Côte d’Ivoire to further improve its nutrition program.

Prior to the organization of the round table, a media training workshop on nutrition took place on  30 and 31, August, 2016, in Grand-Bassam. Twenty-three journalists from the online, radio and print media in Côte d’Ivoire took part in the capacity building workshop, organised as a joint initiative by the National Nutrition Committee (NNC) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

View more photos from the event and read more about the governments efforts to scale up nutrition at the Nutrition Council website.

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