With the endorsement of Multi-sectoral Nutrition Plan (MSNP) by the government, unprecedented resources has been channelized to improve the food security and nutritional status of women and children in the country. Several projects on food security and nutrition has been initiated and being implemented in different parts of the country with the support from external development partners.

Suaahara

Suaahara is a five year endeavor (August 2011 – August 2016) that seeks to improve the health and nutrition of pregnant and lactating women and children less than two years of age in 20 districts of Nepal: Darchula, Bajhang, Bajura, Mustang , Manang, Myagdi, Baglung, Parbat, Syangja, Gorkha, Lumjung, Rupendehi, Nawalprasi, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchok, Dolkha, Solukhumbhu, Sankhuwasabha Taplejung and Bhojpur. Suaahara is a comprehensive community-focused project that integrates various sectors – nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, agriculture and health services promotion – in order to address the key factors affecting nutritional status of women and children under-2.

 

Mother and Child Health Care Program

Nepal has been providing food assistance to Pregnant and Lactating Mothers (PLM) and children aged 6 to 36 months through the Mother and Child Health Care (MCHC) activity of the Country Programme (CP) since 2001 in alignment with the Government’s long term and interim strategic plan under the nutrition and safer motherhood programmes of the MoHP. Under the MCHC Programme, a monthly take home ration of fortified supplementary food is provided along with health services, growth monitoring and counseling from government and community health staff in nine programme districts; Darchula, Bajhang, Baitadi, Dadeldhura, Doti, Achham, Bajura, Salyan and Solukhumbu.

The programme was later phased out from Darchula, Bajhang, Baitadi, Dadeldhura, Doti, Bajura, Achham and Salyan districts at the end of 2012, except in Solukhumbu district where the programme continued.

 

Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition (KISAN)

Nepal’s Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition (KISAN) program will sustainably increase food security through an integrated, whole-of-government approach of strategic agriculture and nutrition investments supporting contributions in cross-cutting areas. KISAN will improve food security, increase income, and diversify diets for about one million rural Nepalis across 16-20 districts in the mid-and-far western region through integrated agriculture and nutrition activities.

 

Agriculture and Food Security Project

The Agriculture and Food Security Project (AFSP) is a project designed to comprehensively address food and nutrition security issues in the most effective way possible. It is going to be implemented in 19 hill and mountain districts of the far and mid-western region. The objective of AFSP is to:

  • To enhance household food security through increased agricultural productivity, household incomes and improved nutritional practices.
  • Food security will be realized through increased food availability, made possible by increasing productivity of agriculture, both crop and livestock.

Nutrition security will be realized through improved dietary intake, made possible by promotion of diversified diets, and improved feeding and caring practices for pregnant and nursing women and children up to 2 years of age.

 

NUTEC

In recognition of the need for concerted efforts to address under-nutrition within health sector, a structure has been established to facilitate technical dialogue, involving government, international non-government organisations, professional bodies, academic institutions and nutrition experts, for an effective policy and program for nutrition in Nepal.

It provides advisory support and guidance on nutrition to key sectors and to monitor performance with respect to nutrition against the goals, objectives, activities/interventions and targets in sector strategies and policies”. NuTEC has engaged itself with all concerned in reviewing and developing strategies of different programs on nutrition through nine different working groups

 

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