Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment to 2020
Reduce stunting from 58% to 48% by 2017.
The stunting was reduced from 58% to 56% by 2018
Though some progress has been made towards commitment, target was not reached by the specified year.
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.
1. The approach applies is instead geared toward promotion of exclusive breastfeeding. And according to the last Health and Demography Study, Burundi has the highest exclusive breastfeeding rate: 83%of Burundian women exclusively breastfeed their children. The commitment in the new strategic plan is now to take that rate up to 90% from 2019-2023. Adoption of application rules for the new Code remain on standby.
2. The Burundi Food Fortification Alliance (FFA) was launched in 2013 and the logo for food fortification was made available under the leadership of FFA. Since February 2014, His Excellency the Second Vice President put in place ten (10) Technical Working Groups (TWG) including one related to fortification. This one replaced the FFA. So far, the TWG initiated the development of National Strategic Plan for Food Fortification (2016-2020), negotiated Decree related to Food Fortification, Texts of application of the Decree Law for mandatory Food Fortification Burundi. Now, the partners involved in food fortification in Burundi are looking at how to revitalize the FFA.
3. A new plan was just finished being elaborated and is now in the process of being launched. It is the Strategic and multi-sectoral plan for 2019-2023 and was done basing on the Burundian National Development Plan. The Strategic and Multi-Sectoral Plan for Nutrition and food security is also budgeted, and the government is planning to seek for commitment from other stakeholders to support its implementation.
4. IPC nutrition was conducted in December 2018 for more awareness on consideration of nutrition related to agriculture and food security. Kitchen gardens have been implemented in households for improving the quality of crop production and food consumption, FFS related to strengthen nutrition education, while FAO and MINEAGRIE strategic tools are considering nutrition aspect. Bio fortification is one of the priorities for FAO and partners.
Commitment 1 has not yet been fulfilled, although Commitment 2 and 3 were fulfilled several years ago and progress is ongoing for Commitment 4.
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)
1. The new Strategic and Multi-sectoral plan for nutrition and food security has also established a monitoring and evaluation framework. Il will also be launched and adopted very soon together with the plan.
2. National guidelines for IYCF is implemented by all Nutrition Actors.
Although the implementation of the monitoring system is behind schedule, it is set to launch soon; and the national guidelines for IYCF have been fully rolled-out.