‘Gov’t committed to reducing food insecurity’

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-SUN coordinator

May 25, 2018 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

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Participants at the meeting

The National Coordinator for Scaling Up Nutrition, Dr. Mohamed Foh, has reaffirmed government’s commitment to reducing food insecurity and mortality rate in the country.

Dr. Foh was speaking yesterday at the head office of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during a national multi-stakeholders workshop funded by Irish Aid.

“Government is henceforth committed to reducing food insecurity and the high rate of maternal and child morbidity and mortality,” he said.

The coordinator said the fifth multi-stakeholders meeting was a primary source of information for the monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning system to measures the extent to which the SUN was achieving result and impacts.

“The SUN secretariat will use the self-assessment report to track progress made by each network in the fight against hunger and malnutrition and in addressing the SUN indicators across the board,” he said.

Led by the Vice President and supported by multi stakeholders, the SUN movement was launched in 2012 with the motive to end malnutrition and to help illuminate the importance of nutrition in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He said the country was relatively progressing with strong performance in the enabling environment and moderate performance in interventions and food supply as well as dietary intake behaviours.

He stated that reducing malnutrition was not only a health priority but also a political choice that calls for a multi-sector and multi stakeholders approach and ensure optimal progress of food security, job creation and contribution to macro-economic growth.

Irish Aid Nutrition Advisor, Laurent Michels, said the meeting was important as it would help to inform SUN secretariat about the progress they have made over the years.

He said they as donor partners were very happy to see that with the New Direction, a lot of priority the new administration was putting forward included agriculture, food security, and addressing the issue of teenage pregnancy.

He said while they were developing a new direction for the next five years, they would stay faithful to their core values including gender, nutrition, good governance and human rights.

 On her part, Food and Nutritional Directorate in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Solade Pyne-Bailey, emphasised the ministry’s commitment in ensuring that the goals set by the World Health Assembly for 2035 to minimise stunting, exclusive breast feeding and low birth rate.
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