Country government

Benin

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress

Assessment

Impact commitments
London 2013

1. Increase exclusive breastfeeding from 33% to 46% by 2020.

2. Maintain less than a 5% rate of acute malnutrition among children under 5 years of age.

Reported progress

1. According to the DHS 2017-2018

- Exclusive breastfeeding: 42%

2. According to the DHS 2017-2018

- Wasting: 5%

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

At least half of the individual commitment components are assessed to be on course

Policy commitments
London 2013

1. Develop a strategy for resource mobilization to implement the new national plan (Panar).

2. Develop a plan for monitoring and evaluation to establish a baseline for measuring progress and integrate nutrition indicators into sectoral plans.

Reported progress

1. Resource mobilisation

More resources and mobilised for nutrition. There are the World Bank Nutrition Development Programme for Young Children, the Power of Nutrition via UNICEF, African Development Bank, Care International, Catholic Relief Services and Plan International.

Benin developed its National Nutrition Policy 2020-2030. The second development of the Food and Nutrition Strategic Development Plan started. However, the Covid-19 pandemic stalled the evolution of this strategic plan and its costing. Benin planned a national round table, with support from the World Bank, UNICEF and the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) secretariat to mobilise resources in 2020. This activity is delayed due to Covid-19.

2. Develop a plan for monitoring and evaluation

Implementation of a multisectoral monitoring and evaluation system requires the development of tools. In this regard, 77 municipalities now have an accountability and coordination tool: it is the common results framework and municipality indicator dashboard. In 2020, a dialogue with nutrition stakeholders on data collection tools and the set-up of a multisector database to centralise nutrition indicators for timeline decision-making was planned. This activity was delayed due to Covid-19

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

At least half of the individual commitment components are assessed to be on course

Program commitments
London 2013

1. Develop and launch a comprehensive communication plan to promote exclusive breastfeeding (2013).

2. Promote appropriate complementary feeding practices for children less than 2 years at all levels, particularly in communities.

Reported progress

1. Tools developed to strengthen the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding promotion

Benin has a national strategy and operational plan for social and behavior change communication for nutrition promotion. Yet, some tools were developed for the promotion and protection of exclusive breastfeeding:

- Breastfeeding strengthening plan (2016-2020)

- Exclusive breastfeeding promotion scale-up strategy through World Breastfeeding Week

- Planning of the exclusive breastfeeding without water national campaign, which is a communication strengthening plan, is underway.

2. Promote appropriate complementary feeding practices for children less than 2 years at all levels, particularly in communities. Several actions are being implemented:

2.1 Development of tools

- National strategy for infant and young child feeding

- Training manuals for the promotion of infant and young child feeding

- Awareness-raising leaflets on the promotion of infant and young child feeding

- Counselling cards.

2.2 Capacity strengthening of infant and young child feeding care providers

- 20% of care providers are trained

- Around 800 NGO actors are trained

- Around 12,000 nutrition support groups and community workers/volunteers are trained

- Around 80 journalists/radio broadcasters are trained.

2.3 Dissemination of messages on appropriate complementary feeding practices

- Radios are contracted to support communication on appropriate complementary feeding practices to reach a national coverage of 60%.

2.4 Training of community leaders planned for 2020 is postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

At least half of the individual commitment components are assessed to be on course