Country updates

REACH and partners in Mozambique support a multi-country training on the Cost of Hunger in Africa Study
20 June 2016

Mozambique's National Food Security and Nutrition Secretariat (SETSAN), which is tasked with coordinating nutrition action in the country, hosted a five-day, multi-country, interactive training on the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) Study on 6-10th June in Maputo. National government representatives and UN focal points from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe were trained by staff from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and facilitators from the WFP Country Office in Addis Ababa, with support from representatives at the African Union Commission (AUC) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Results from these respective COHA studies are anticipated at varying times between late-2016 and mid-2017.  To date, the study has been carried out in twelve African nations.

The COHA study quantifies the economic and social impacts of undernutrition in Africa, thereby generating a compelling investment case for nutrition. It employs a multi-sectoral approach, which illustrates the multiple determinants of undernutrition, underscoring the importance of a multi-sectoral response. REACH supports countries undertaking the COHA study in various ways as part of its efforts to strengthen multi-sectoral nutrition governance. In Mozambique, REACH actively advocated and mobilized resources for the study to be undertaken. Moving forward, it will help leverage the study's findings in nutrition governance processes, such as advocacy, the formulation and/or review of nutrition-related policies and plans, with a view to accelerating the scale-up of nutrition actions.

REACH support is pivotal to the development of the United Nations Agenda for the Reduction of Chronic Undernutrition (2015-2019) in Mozambique
22 March 2016

As Mozambique's UN Network for SUN celebrates the successful completion of the United Nations Agenda for the Reduction of Chronic Undernutrition (2015-2019), other countries look to it as an example to emulate. Mozambique is the first country to undertake this UN Network recommended action (typically referred to as the UN Nutrition Strategy/Agenda), which draws upon the findings of the UN Nutrition Inventory conducted in mid-2015. Both exercises benefited from REACH's skilled facilitation support and engaged six UN agencies active in the UN Network at the country level, namely: FAO, IFAD, UNFPA, UNICEF, WFP and WHO.

The Mozambique Agenda articulates a common UN vision for the reduction of chronic malnutrition within the context of the country's stunting challenges and the government's national plan. It also considers present UN agency programming in governance and implementation (e.g. areas of convergence and gaps), as related to nutrition, and moreover, defines how the UN will work together to address priority areas of action and emerging issues, such as safeguarding the nutrition of adolescent girls. Finally, the Agenda identifies indicators for measuring its operationalization with a view to ensuring that UN support is on track with the pledged commitments.

The Agenda has laid the foundation for the development of the UNDAF in relation to Nutrition. In addition, concrete measures have already been taken to operationalize the Agenda, including efforts to align Mozambique's 2016 UN Network work plan with the priorities of the Agenda. The UN agencies have committed to going beyond rhetoric and putting it into practice, noting that UN Representatives are confident they are up to the challenge.

High-profile nutrition champions identified in Mozambique as part of greater advocacy efforts supported by REACH
23 November 2015

Nutrition advocacy in Mozambique is making leaps and strides, and is likely to soar further with the renowned personalities, who are now rallying around the cause. The identification of champions is one of the elements of the National Nutrition Advocacy Strategy formulated in 2014. From First Ladies (current and former) to famed musicians, Ministers of Government and religious leaders, nutrition is attracting names such as Isaura Nyuse (First Lady of Mozambique), Graça Machel (President of the Foundation for Community Development and widow of the former South African President Nelson Mandela), Mingas (a Mozambican singer), José Pacheco (Minister of Agriculture and Food Security), Nazira Abdula (Minister of Health), Sheik Aminudin Mohamed (religious leader) and Dom Dinis Salomão Sengulane (religious leader).

To kick off their efforts, a brief video was released in October, where many of the champions speak about malnutrition. The video spot was produced by Touch Publicidade (Advertising) in collaboration with the Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN), with key messages jointly articulated by the UN Network for SUN/REACH and other stakeholders, including those in the government and the country's Civil Society Network for Scaling Up Nutrition. In addition, Mingas composed a song about malnutrition that was likewise debuted during the October Gala, where the advocacy campaign was formally launched. REACH has supported the launch and the development of related promotional material (e.g. pamphlets, calendars) following its initial support with the development of the National Nutrition Advocacy Strategy and advocacy training for SETSAN staff.


UN agency staff come together to take stock of UN nutrition support in Mozambique and to unpack strategic questions about the way forward
25 May 2015

The UN Nutrition Group (UN Network for SUN) in Mozambique is gaining further traction thanks to the UN Nutrition Inventory pilot exercise, which has helped ascertain how the individual efforts of UN agencies collectively support national nutrition priorities and catalyse strategic planning for nutrition within the Network. The tool, launched by the UN Network for SUN Secretariat (the Secretariat), encompasses a range of nutrition-related actions across sectors, discerning those for which the UN provides implementation and governance support, where actions are being undertaken as well as the ranges of investments, by agency, associated with these actions. The culminating inventory of UN nutrition actions was analysed, with the support of the Secretariat, providing a common platform on which strategic planning discussions were based.

Attended by the UN Network for SUN Chair, focal points from FAO, UNFPA, UNICEF, WFP and WHO and moderated by REACH, the participatory planning workshop was held at the Polana Hotel on on 11-12th May.While IFAD could not participate in the workshop, it is also an active member of the UN Network and was part of the inventory exercise. The workshop served as an opportunity to validate the findings of the inventory and obtain feedback about the new tool. Working sessions were conducted to help participants articulate UN comparative advantages and an initial vision for the UN Network in the country. Ultimately, the discussions helped UN stakeholders determine how to position nutrition in the forthcoming UNDAF. A high-level debriefing ensued with the UN Resident Coordinator and the respective UN Agency Representatives, UN Network focal points and REACH colleagues, where actors agreed to develop a UN Joint Agenda for Nutrition in the coming months, building on the outcomes of workshop. REACH continues to facilitate the process of developing the UN Nutrition Agenda, which has sparked interest in undertaking similar efforts in other countries such as Ghana and Myanmar.

Government staff learn about REACH tools and methodologies to facilitate coordination of multi-sectoral nutrition action in Mozambique
23 January 2014

REACH facilitators organized a workshop to transfer knowledge and familiarise government officials with innovative approaches for compiling data on nutrition-related problems and actions across sectors and packaging it into sharp advocacy and management tools that can inform decision-making.  Workshop participants included members of the national platform mandated to coordinate and address nutrition issues (the Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition, SETSAN) and other officials working to implement the actions stipulated by the Government's Multisectoral Action Plan for the Reduction of Chronic Undernutrition in Mozambique (PAMRDC), which focuses on the first 1,000 days of life.


The workshop was an opportunity for hands-on learning whereby the REACH Nutrition Analysis, Dashboards and Stakeholder & Activity Mapping tools were explained and demoed with future users.  While the initial round of these exercises had been conducted in 2013 as part of the REACH engagement, their transfer of ownership to the Government coincided with the workshop in January 2014. These outputs have fed into efforts to draft provincial level plans in support of the PAMRDC, likewise supported by REACH. The workshop also provided a forum for REACH to consult stakeholders and enrich ongoing efforts to develop practical tools that support multi-sectoral implementation tracking.


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