Guinea-Bissau

Home / SUN Countries / Guinea-Bissau

On 12 March 2014, the Republic of Guinea-Bissau became the 49th country to commit to scaling up nutrition with the SUN Movement. The government has adopted a national nutrition policy and will establish a multi-sectoral coordination framework for enhancing the synergy of all stakeholders in order to fight efficiently against malnutrition.

Guinea-Bissau’s participation in the SUN Movement is a testament to their commitment to better nutrition for all, reductions in child and maternal mortality as well as strong socio-economic progress.

Progress

Bringing people together
57% 2017

Bringing people together

Coherent policy and legal framework
22% 2017

Coherent policy and legal framework

Aligning programs around a Common Results Framework
4% 2017

Aligning programs around a Common Results Framework

Financial tracking and resource mobilization
38% 2017

Financial tracking and resource mobilization

TOTAL
30% 2017

TOTAL

Nutrition situation

27.2%

Under Five Stunting

11%

Low Birth Weight

52.5%

0-5 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding

5.9%

Under Five Wasting

2.3%

Under Five Overweight

44.6%

Woman Anaemia 15-49 years

8%

Adult Blood Glucose (Diabetes)

26.1%

Adult Overweight

7.2%

Adult Obesity

Strategic objectives

The multi-stakeholder platform (MSP) is functioning, with relevant stakeholders mobilised and engaged, and common results are being achieved – through stakeholder interactions. At the December 2016 Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister officially recognised the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Committee and the SUN Government Focal Point. The new United Nations SUN network (comprising UNICEF, FAO, WHO, UNFPA, WFP and the World Bank) is led by the WFP representative. The sectoral ministry, civil society, donor and United Nations focal points have been appointed and are actively involved in the platform. The relevant national authorities support platform decision-making, with a view to building consensus and producing joint recommendations to enable local dialogue. The nutrition committee’s annual workplan for 2017 is currently being drafted.

Last updated: November 2017

2016
A technical working group supports nutritionrelated activities, under the aegis of the Ministry of Health, due to the fact that the creation of a multisectoral platform has not yet been formalized. Its members are very committed and support joint actions in the area of nutrition. A National food and nutrition security council could be established that would underlie the formulation of a national food and nutrition security strategy. Networks of nutrition players (UN, civil society, etc.) have not been created since the concept is not applicable to the current reality in Guinea Bissau, given the limited number of partners operating in this sector.

Last updated: December 2016

2015

The National Nutrition Policy, adopted in February 2014, envisages a multi-sectoral coordination platform, the National Nutrition Committee, including all stakeholders at the central, regional and community levels. Until this institution is established, a working group, under the aegis of the Ministry of Health, brings together various sectors of government, the United Nations agencies and donors to share information on nutrition. Since 2011, the participants of the technical group also attend meetings of the Food and Nutritional Security Group (GSAN), which, under the rotating presidency of the WFP and the FAO, has brought together more than 30 institutions (NGOs, United Nations, technical and financial partners, state structures).

The National Alliance for Food Fortification (ANFA) initiated the salt iodisation strategy in 2012, with the support of UNICEF. It was officially established by an inter-ministerial decree in April 2014.

The Civil Society Network for Food and Nutritional Sovereignty and Security (RESSAN) has been in existence since November 2013. It was set up to coordinate the actions of its members intervening in food security and nutrition.

Last updated: October 2015

The national authorities have approved the national nutrition policy, and the school canteen policy is awaiting signature by the National Assembly. Various stakeholders promote the inclusion of nutrition into sectoral policies and development programmes. The United Nations has made contact with Members of Parliament, following a communication from the Inter-Parliamentary Union calling for the convening nutrition-specific meetings. There are also plans for a national dialogue on nutrition and a national nutrition day. The United Nations network is willing to support the newly appointed SUN government focal point.

Last updated: November 2017

2016
In March 2016, the 2016-2020 Multisectoral strategic food and nutrition plan was finalized and budgeted with the support of the World Bank. The importance of nutrition has increased of late, with its integration into various sectoral strategies and plans, such as the National agricultural investment plan or the National early childhood development policy. A number of draft laws (e.g. regularization of breast milk substitutes, food fortification, school canteens, etc.) have been prepared but it has not yet been possible to approve them due to the political instability. Discussions are under way for the creation of an Institute for nutrition and food security.

Last updated: December 2016

2015

The national nutrition policy, adopted in February 2014, provides a policy framework for the implementation of multi-sectoral nutrition interventions. It was drawn up and validated using a participatory and inclusive approach by the various partners involved in nutrition in the country.

The technical working group on nutrition advocates better integration of nutrition in sectoral policies. Programmes and strategies contribute to nutrition in the areas of agriculture and food security, education and health. The United Nations agencies have incorporated nutrition into their joint strategic planning document, UNDAF 2016-2020.

The 2016 – 2020 Strategic Nutrition Plan is currently being drafted. It will promote nutritious food for the public, food availability and household income.

Last updated: October 2015

The budget for the Strategic Plan for Nutrition is currently being finalised, and will contain a common results frame-work. There are plans to hold a roundtable event, to this end.

Last updated: November 2017

2016
The common results framework will be developed in relation to the two-year plans of the multisectoral platform, which are expected to be developed in the near future. These plans will be accompanied by a monitoring and evaluation plan that will make it possible to demonstrate the impact of nutrition.

Last updated: December 2016

2015

The Strategic Nutrition Plan, which is currently being drafted, is a joint action plan for the implementation of a national nutrition policy. It provides for joint follow-up and evaluation mechanisms and a common results framework. The technical working group on nutrition has been working on this last issue, taking part in identifying common nutrition objectives at the national level, supporting the organisation of the common results framework and capacity building, with the support of the United Nations.

Projects are under way to enhance address malnutrition in schools through the promotion of gardens, the distribution of food and training in nutrition for teachers, but these programmes will finish at the end of 2015. Salt-producing communities are also supported in the marketing of their products. Regarding social protection, the EU is working with community health agencies to provide free universal access to health care a project to reduce maternal and infant mortality and a garden and school canteen component. The National Agricultural Investment Plan was revised in late 2013 by all stakeholders involved, in order to take into account aspects overlooked in the previous policy, including nutrition.

Last updated: October 2015

Twice a year, the United Nations monitors funds allocated to nutrition programmes, as stipulated in the UN Devel-opment Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Guinea-Bissau. Public investment into nutrition was analysed in 2016 and the Ministry of Finance subsequently published a report. There are plans to hold a donor roundtable event in 2017 to mobilise funds for nutrition.

Last updated: November 2017

2015
The World Bank envisages supporting a round table for donors in nutrition, which will take place once the budget for the 2016-2020 National strategic plan (PSN) has been validated and which will pave the way for financing arrangements to be reached. Following this, a resource mobilization strategy could be developed, as well as a longterm sustainability strategy for the plan.

Last updated: December 2016

2015

The Strategic Nutrition Plan must include a provisional budget for implementing the National Nutrition Policy in order to help mobilise resources and enable the monitoring of the funding mobilised for nutrition activities.

Last updated: October 2015

SUN Government Focal Point

Ivone MENEZES MOREIRA
Service National de l´Alimentation, Nutrition et Survi de l´Énfant

Donor Convenor

  • TBC