On 28 February 2012, Republic of Madagascar joined the SUN Movement with a letter of commitment from Jean François, the National Coordinator for the Office of National Nutrition. At the time, Madagascar had identified nutrition as one the priority areas in their development strategies against poverty, in particular, within the “Document des Stratégies pour la Réduction de la Pauvreté” (DSRP) and the “Madagascar Action Plan” (MAP). The Conseil National de Nutrition (CNN) had also been established and was coordinating the “Politique National de Nutrition” (2005 – 2015).

Strategic Processes for Scaling Up Nutrition

The National Nutrition Office was created by the Malagasy government to coordinate actions in the fight against malnutrition. It is attached to the Prime Minister’s office and its representatives, the Regional Nutrition Offices, in the 22 regions of Madagascar. The National Nutrition Council (CNN) is a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder platform for nutrition presided over by the Prime Minister. It is composed of a number of ministries and members of parliament, donors, technical and financial partners and NGOs. The CNN supervises the National Nutrition Office (ONN). Each ministerial department reports through its chain of command. The United Nations and civil society platforms (HINA) are operational. The private sector and research platforms are in the process of validating their terms of reference.

A round table for the nutrition sector has been organised in order to reaffirm the commitment of donors and the government to nutrition.

The government, the United Nations and civil society are systematically participating in meetings of the nutrition cluster.

A map of intervention actions and the players responsible has been created and disseminated.

Last updated: October 2015

PNAN II covers the period 2012-2015 and is currently being implemented. It benefits from an implementation plan and a monitoring and evaluation plan drawn up on a regular basis. It takes into account the sectoral plans of ministries, donors and NGOs.

PNAN II includes five strategic priorities: preventing and managing malnutrition, improving food and nutrition security and the efficiency of coordination in matters of nutrition. PNAN II is guided by the 1,000-day approach.

An evaluation process is currently in progress for PNAN II.

The regional monitoring and evaluation groups (GRSE) are currently operational, enabling the implementation of PNAN II to be monitored.

Coordination of stakeholders’ interventions by the ONN, notably including the establishment of ‘nutrition villages’ in the 22 Regions.

Last updated: October 2015

PNAN II and PMO have been budgeted and entered into the governmental budget. Financing shortfalls have been estimated and have revealed financing for nutrition to be well below the level deemed necessary in order to achieve the objectives of PNAN II. This is due to a lack of information on the resources available to the various operational actors involved and the State not releasing funds. The ONN has drawn up guidelines for financial monitoring but feedback from all players has not yet been processed. Nutrition in Madagascar has been included in the law on finances and is supported by a State budget line and the Public Investment Programme (PIP).

The PND implementation plan (2015-2019) has been budgeted.

Integration of nutrition into the 11th EDF (European Development Fund).

Last updated: October 2015

Key Figures

Under Five Stunting 49.2%
Low Birth Weight 12.7%
0-5 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding 50.7%
Under Five Wasting -
Under Five Overweight -
Woman Anaemia 15-49 years 31.8%

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"I hope to bring the best of myself in this noble task of fighting against malnutrition. This is everyone's business and I appeal to all sectors, state and non-state, private sector and civil society, to join hands to solve this problem of malnutrition. Let us work together for a better future for our children!"

Holy Malala Raobelina - SUN Focal Point

SUN Government Focal Point

  • Holy Malala Raobelina
  • National Coordinator of the National Nutrition Office (ONN)

Donor Conveners

  • TBC