Country government

Zimbabwe

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment to 2020

Reported progress

Assessment

Financial commitments
London 2013

Provide US$3.04 million toward nutrition programs.

Reported progress

Progress has been made with budget analysis exercises of 2017 and 2018. More progress is needed on nutrition financial tracking particularly on nutrition sensitive allocations disbursements and accountability in other sectors.

Assessment
Not clear
Basis of assessment

Data on nutrition budgeting does not appear to be available yet, although progress towards that end is ongoing.

Policy commitments
London 2013

1. Develop high-quality, validated, and costed national nutrition plan by end of 2013.

2. Ensure investment allocations for social services are nutrition sensitive (including health, agriculture, education, and social protection).

3. Enforce existing legal instruments and establish new ones as per need.

Reported progress

1. High quality, validated and costed National Nutrition Strategy finalised and tenure lapsed in 2018. Review of the NNS and development of a new MNNS underway.

2. Weak follow-up on sector specific funds disbursements. However sector engagement has been done through high-level sectoral-nutrition sensitive meetings and advocacy materials. Tracking system, capacity and tools are recommended.

3. Review of relevant legal instruments ongoing. Public Health Act passed. Establishment of Food Fortification legislation has been completed.

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

Commitment 1 was reached and the second iteration of the plan is underway. Language of Commitments 2 and 3 is not specific, but efforts in both areas are ongoing.

Program commitments
London 2013

1. Scale-up of food and nutrition security interventions, with a national coverage of >80% by 2020.

2. Fully establish financial as well as outcome/impact tracking system of food and nutrition interventions by 2014.

3. Ensure that the multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder policy implementation structures remain active and are accountable for implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition response.

Reported progress

1. A community based multisectoral approach to food and nutrition security is being scaled up through the resuscitation of Food and Nutrition Security Committees at district and ward levels. To date, 42 out of 60 district committees are in place with ward committees being established through Multisectoral Community Based Model to Food and Nutrition Security for Stunting Reduction(MCBM).

2. National surveys keep informing the country on the impact and outcomes. The country undertook a 2018 National Nutrition Survey and annual rural vulnerability assessments with district level representation. Food and Nutrition Council (FNC) conducted a mapping exercise in 2017 in 17 districts. More progress is needed on nutrition financial tracking particularly on nutrition sensitive allocations disbursements and accountability in other sectors.

3. The multisectoral platforms coordinated by FNC are performing fairly at national, provincial and district levels. More work needs to be done to improve functionality at ward and village levels. Strengthening functionality of multisectoral and multistakeholder policy implementation structures is ongoing from national to ward level.

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

Structures to implement the national nutrition plan are in place, although more work is needed to achieve financial tracking and functional multi-sectoral platforms.