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namibia
SUN Countries

Namibia

Joined Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement:

September 2011

National multi-stakeholder platform for nutrition:

Food and Nutrition Security Inter-Agency Steering Committee

Country nutrition status

  • Yes
  • In process
  • No
  • Costed
  • M&E framework

National multi-stakeholder platform (MSP)

MSP annual action plan exists

Advocacy and communications framework/plan

Advocacy and communications framework/plan

Subnational nutrition coordination mechanism

Subnational MSPs exist
Subnational MSPs have annual action plans

SUN networks in-country presence

SUN Civil Society Network
SUN Business Network
UN Nutrition
SUN Academia Network
SUN Donor Network
Others: e.g. youth, parliamentarian, media

Finance for nutrition

Resource mobilization strategy exists
Budget tracking exercise done this year
Funding gaps identified this year
Domestic expenditures on nutrition tracked

Country priorities 2022

  • Developing Namibia’s Food and Nutrition Security Coordination Structures with an efficient governance ecosystem at all levels.
  • Working with United Nations agencies and the private sector to create formal networks to ensure better coordination, alignment and synergies.
  • Establishing a SUN country coordinator or political focal point to complement the current SUN technical focal point at the highest level of government.
  • Conducting a nutrition budget analysis.

Progress towards SUN 3.0 Strategic Objectives (SO)

SO.1

In December 2021, after a highly participative process, Namibia finalized and launched its revised and updated Food and Nutrition Security Policy, accompanied by a costed Implementation Action Plan and national and subnational coordination structures. This process helped refocus all sectors and stakeholders on the centrality of nutrition. This momentum will be used to set up an ideal nutrition governance ecosystem and ensure compliance. Advocacy and mutual accountability will be key elements to ensure the success and timely impact of the Revised National Food and Nutrition Security Policy for Namibia.

SO.2

The recently revised Food and Nutrition Security Policy, together with Namibia’s participation in the dialogues at the Food Systems Summit, as well as the commitments of the Government and the Civil Society Alliance at the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit, brought stakeholders together to discuss, align and prioritize. The ongoing development of the Food and Nutrition Security Coordination Structures will enable multiple stakeholders in Namibia to come together, share progress and challenges, develop priorities and joint strategies and monitor and report progress on actions taken.

SO.3

A comprehensive framework for coordination structures at the national and subnational levels is in place and now needs to be put into practice. There has been growing collaboration between the Government, Civil Society Alliance (including academia) and United Nations agencies in this process, as well as great interest from the private sector to become part of the system. Next steps are to operationalize the structure in smart and innovative ways, and to establish an official SUN Business Network and revive and strengthen the UN Nutrition Network.

SO.4

The role and establishment of a SUN country coordinator or political focal point at the highest level of government, who would complement the current SUN technical focal point, needs to be discussed and decided upon, as well as how the work of the SUN technical focal point can be supported, given the multiple commitments and high workload that this position demands.

2021 shared country good practice

Key milestones in food systems and nutrition

Multi-stakeholder collaboration

In 2021, under the motto “Joining hands towards affordable, healthy and nutritious locally produced food”, Namibia’s Prime Minister launched the Revised National Food and Nutrition Security Policy, Implementation Action Plan and coordination structures – the result of a highly participatory process.