Country government

Burundi

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress

Assessment

Impact commitments
London 2013

Reduce stunting from 58% to 48% by 2017.

Reported progress

The Government of Burundi is committed to doing everything possible to strengthen nutrition. Several activities have been carried out and remarkable progress has been recorded following the multiple efforts of the Government and its strategic partners. The strengthening of the integrated multisectoral approach, social protection mechanisms, exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months, prevention and management of acute malnutrition, subsidized care and services for children under 5 years of age and pregnant women, the implementation of highly nutrition-sensitive interventions, notably the improvement of access to and use of quality health services, strategies to fight micronutrient deficiencies (food fortification and biofortification), joint multisectoral programs and the strengthening of coordination through the multi-actor platform have resulted in a gradual reduction in the rate of chronic malnutrition: EDES III 2016-2017: 56%; (SMART 2019: 54.2%, SMART 2020: 52.2).

Assessment
Off course
Basis of assessment

Reported progress shows that the target was not reached by the specified year

Policy commitments
London 2013

1. Strengthen the protection of maternity and breastfeeding through the development and adoption of a new Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

2. Complete the process of launching the Alliance for Food Fortification in Burundi (national policy and strategy).

3. Examine, quantify and validate the multi-sectoral National Strategic Plan against malnutrition by July 2013.

4. Focus more on production and food security and nutrition education.

Reported progress

1. The Government through the sectors involved continues the strengthening of maternal protection and the practice of breastfeeding. As of 30 May 2018, the Code of the Supply of Health Care and Services was promulgated and provides guidelines for the regulation of breast milk substitutes (guidelines on marketing, registration, importation, labeling, information material). Implementing legislation is being developed.

2. As part of the strengthening of multisectoral governance, the legal framework governing the multisectoral platform was reviewed by Decree No. 143 of 11 May 2021; a decree regulating fortification in Burundi was signed on 30 March 2015. Consultations to set up an Alliance for fortification are ongoing between the main stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health through the National Integrated Food and Nutrition Program (PRONIANUT), the National Center for Food Technology (CNTA), the Burundian Bureau of Standardization and Quality Control (BBN) and also involving strategic partners and the Private Sector Network. The Permanent Executive Secretariat of the Multisectoral Platform for Food Security and Nutrition ensures the coordination of the processes.

3. The Government of Burundi, anxious to have a holistic vision and to improve the synergy between the sectors and different actors, has developed powerful coordination tools in order to allow the gathering of all the stakeholders around a common action framework for a better synergy. Hence the development of the Multisectoral Strategic Plan for Food Security and Nutrition second generation 2019-2023 (PSMSAN II) which was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 27 May 2020. Particular efforts in food security (fertilizer subsidies, local manufacturing of fertilizers at the FOMI factory: Organo-Mineral Manure, strategic stocks, etc.) have increased the availability of food. Creation of a sub-regional Center of Excellence in Nutritional Sciences called "East African Nutritional Sciences Institute, EANSI" at the University of Burundi.

4. Thanks to multiple efforts, agricultural and livestock production has generally increased throughout the country. Food security initiatives have been carried out: subsidization of agricultural inputs, introduction of new crops with high nutritional value such as edible mushrooms, orange-fleshed sweet potato and beans and other bio-fortified crops, conservation and processing of agro-food products, regionalization of crops, introduction of agricultural mechanization, the establishment and dissemination of the food composition table, the creation of a National Agency for the Management of Food Security Stock (ANAGESSA) and the promotion of good nutritional and hygiene practices, not to mention the setting of prices and the purchase of the excess maize crop by the Government.

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 a monitoring system to be adopted by all stakeholders by the end of July 2013.

2. Implement national guidelines for infant and young child feeding (IYCF)

Reported progress

1. The Government through the sectors involved continues the strengthening of maternal protection and the practice of breastfeeding. As of 30 May 2018, the Code of Health Care and Services was promulgated and provides guidelines for the regulation of breastmilk substitutes (guidelines on marketing, registration, importation, labeling, information material). Implementing legislation is being developed.

2. As part of the strengthening of multisectoral governance, the legal framework governing the multisectoral platform was revised by Decree No. 143 of 11 May 2021; a decree regulating fortification in Burundi was signed on 30 March 2015. Consultations to set up an Alliance for fortification are ongoing between the main stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health through the National Integrated Food and Nutrition Program (PRONIANUT), the National Center for Food Technology (CNTA), the Burundian Bureau of Standardization and Quality Control (BBN) and also involving strategic partners and the Private Sector Network. The Permanent Executive Secretariat of the Multisectoral Platform for Food Security and Nutrition ensures the coordination of the processes.

The Government of Burundi, anxious to have a holistic vision and to improve the synergy between the sectors and different actors, has developed powerful coordination tools in order to allow the gathering of all the stakeholders around a common action framework for a better synergy. Hence the development of the Multisectoral Strategic Plan for Food Security and Nutrition second generation 2019-2023 (PSMSAN II) which was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 27 May 2020. Particular efforts in food security (fertilizer subsidies, local manufacturing of fertilizers at the FOMI factory: Organo-Mineral Manure, strategic stocks, etc.) have increased the availability of food. Creation of a sub-regional Center of Excellence in Nutritional Sciences called "East African Nutritional Sciences Institute, EANSI" at the University of Burundi.

Thanks to multiple efforts, agricultural and livestock production has increased throughout the country. Food security initiatives have been carried out: subsidization of agricultural inputs, introduction of new crops with high nutritional value such as edible mushrooms, orange-fleshed sweet potato and beans and other bio-fortified crops, conservation and processing of agro-food products, regionalization of crops, introduction of agricultural mechanization, the establishment and dissemination of the food composition table, the creation of a National Agency for the Management of Food Security Stock (ANAGESSA) and the promotion of good nutritional and hygiene practices, not to mention the setting of prices and the purchase of the excess maize crop by the Government.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

All commitment components have been achieved