Country government

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress

Assessment

Financial commitments
London 2013

1. Contribute to adequate funding of nutrition.

2. Exempt nutritional products for all taxes (therapeutic foods ready for consumption).

Reported progress

1. For the year 2020, the national budget has dedicated funds to:

- Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) project compensation: 2 billion Congolese francs (CDF).

- Economic intervention: 800 million Congolese francs (CDF).

2. Ready-to-use therapeutic foods for children are tax exempt.

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

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

Impact commitments
London 2013

No commitment

Reported progress

Development of DRC's nutritional situation:

Key: DHS 2013-2014; MICS 2017-2018

Chronic malnutrition: 43%; 41.8%

Overall acute malnutrition: 8%; 7%

Low weight: 23%; 23%

Obesity: Undefined; 4%

IYCF

Breastfeeding within an hour of birth: 52%; 47%

Exclusive breastfeeding: 48%; 52%

Minimum acceptable diet: 8%; 8%

Assessment
Not applicable
Policy commitments
London 2013

1. Develop a national nutrition policy that takes into account the international nutritional context.

2. Strengthen leadership in nutrition and create a mechanism for high-level coordination that includes all key sectors.

3. Integrate nutrition into various development plans of the country (the Agricultural Development Plan, in terms of food security, nutrition education plan in primary and secondary schools).

Reported progress

1. The following documents have been drawn up:

- National Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Policy (PNMN) in 2013.

- National Multi-Sectoral Strategic Plan for Nutrition (PSNMN) in 2016.

- PSNMN operational action plan in 2016.

2. Operational multi-sectoral provincial coordination in 7 of the 26 provinces.

A parliamentary group has been set up and is operational.

The current government does not yet have the prime minister's SUN-DRC focal point.

3. With FAO's support, nutrition has been integrated into the Ministry of Agriculture's documents:

- National Food Security and Nutrition Policy (PNSAN).

- PNSAN's operational action plan is being finalised.

- National food security and nutrition programme established at the Ministry of Agriculture.

- The Ministry of Gender has set up a food security and nutrition committee.

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. Promote adequate nutritional knowledge and practices: exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, complementary feeding and nutrition of women.

2. Promote key nutrition actions: fortification of staple foods.

3. To prioritize feeding infants and young children.

Reported progress

1. Promotion of IYCF:

Key: DHS 2013-2014; MICS 2017-2018

- Breastfeeding within an hour of birth: 52%; 47%

- Exclusive breastfeeding: 48%; 52%

- Minimum acceptable diet: 8%; 8%

Woman of reproductive age (15-49 years old): DHS 2013-2014

Underweight: moderate 11%; severe 4%

Overweight: 13%; obese: 3%

Anaemia: moderate 8%; severe less than 1%

2. DRC is preparing to start work on revising its national strategic plan for the large-scale vitamin-mineral reinforcement of food consumed in DRC.

3. IYCF is one of the priority activities for combatting child malnutrition. IYCF is carried out via community-based nutrition in 40 out of 519 health zones.

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

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