SUN Focal Point,
Emmanuel Marie ILBOUDO
SUN Focal Point Emmanuel Marie ILBOUDO, Director of Nutrition in the Ministry of Health discusses progress and opportunities for the future of his country through Scaling Up Nutrition.
Burkina Faso joined the SUN Movement in June 2011 and is making steady progress in setting up the policies and programming required to scale up nutrition. The convening body, the National Council for Nutrition Coordination (CNCN), was created in 2008 and is located within the Ministry of Health and assisted by vice presidents of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, the Ministry of Hydraulics and Sanitation, the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity and the Ministry of Economics and Finances.
The Donor Convener is UNICEF and development partners have their own separate platform called the Group of Technical and Financial Partners for Nutrition Security in order to support national efforts.
Burkina Faso has an updated Strategic Plan for Nutrition in line with its National Policy for Nutrition. The National Food Security Council is planning to review the 2003 National Food Security Policy, with the intention to include nutrition-specific outcomes. Other nutrition-sensitive policies and strategies cover most of the key sectors including poverty reduction and development, public health and education. Recently, Burkina Faso has adopted new legislation that will promote fortification of wheat and maize and is planning to establish a national budget line for nutrition.