Joined Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement:January 2013
National multi-stakeholder platform for nutrition:SUN Secretariat, Ministry of Planning Development & Special Initiatives/Planning Commission
Country nutrition status
- In process
- M&E framework
National multi-stakeholder platform (MSP)
Advocacy and communications framework/plan
Subnational nutrition coordination mechanism
SUN networks in-country presence
Finance for nutrition
Country priorities 2022
- Developing the National Nutrition Thought Management Coordination Programme.
- Finalizing the ECD policy framework, index, standards and action plan.
- Developing a multisectoral nutrition information management system.
Progress towards SUN 3.0 Strategic Objectives (SO)
Overall coordination at the national and provincial levels has improved. Some provinces have passed food fortification bills, with others currently in the process of doing so. A nutrition-specific PC-1 (government project) for more than US$2 billion was processed in 2021 but has yet to be fully approved. A lot of progress has been made in linking nutrition and ECD, especially around advocacy, governance and programming. National and provincial-level governance structures have been established.
An ECD action plan has been developed with the aim of finalizing the ECD policy, establishing governance and preparing costed action plans. A multisectoral action plan for nutrition and ECD is under development. A joint commitment of 32 programmes and projects was officially submitted at the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit, as well as prioritized actions from the Food Systems Summit and a pathway.
As part of the build-up to the N4G and Food Systems Summits, stakeholders from all levels of the public and private sectors were involved, including federal parliamentarians and grass-roots practitioners. There was regular engagement with all partners to develop new ECD and nutrition PC-1 programmes and to draft new legislation. This collective learning complimented other routine capacity-building and systems strengthening activities.
The most vulnerable districts have been prioritized in consultations with partners and under the Government’s leadership. The nutrition PC-1 has been discussed at all levels, both in the public and private sectors, to make it the Government’s flagship programme for the next 5–10 years. It aims to align the resources of all partners who will contribute with activities relevant to their competencies and experience.
2021 shared country good practice
The COVID-19 response package included food rations for vulnerable farmers and daily workers. ECD was integrated into the terms of reference of all SUN departments to leverage existing MSP governance structures. A Rural Poor Stimulus Facility project was set up for COVID-19-affected communities.