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Zimbabwe held a National Nutrition Learning Event

Zimbabwe on 23 June 2022 held a 1-day national nutrition learning event in Gweru under the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund a multi sectoral initiative aimed at improving food security and nutrition in the country in line with the National Development Strategy Phase 1 (NDS1).

 

The event was held under the theme “Strengthening Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent,” after the African Union declared 2022 as the year of Nutrition.

Speaking at the event Deputy Director Nutrition in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Mr.  Handrea Njovo said that the learning event was mainly aimed at exchanging ideas, lessons as well as experience.

’’ The main objective of this national learning event is to share experiences and lessons learnt from mainstreaming nutrition sensitive interventions into resilience building program to improve food and nutrition security amongst rural communities”, said Deputy Director Nutrition.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has prioritised the care gap in line with the NDS1 in order to create opportunities that will strengthen joint efforts and achieve a healthier and sustainable future, said Njovo. 

“The NDS1 provides all stakeholders with a time bound opportunity to strengthen joint efforts and achieve a healthier and more sustainable future as well as prevails as a powerful instrument to build a productive and prosperous nation," Njovo further said.

UNDP Representative Solomon Mutambara said that vulnerability and resilience are two sides of the same coin during the overview of the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund in the 18 districts.

“Resilience and vulnerability are two sides of the same coin. Resilience is multi diversional and multi integrational,” said Solomon Mutambara.

Enhancing Community Resilience and Sustainability (ECRS) Representative, Fungai Gutusa added that the goal for effective approaches integration nutrition in resilience targets communities to be food and income secure in order to withstand shocks and stresses.

The learning event managed to share experiences and best practices among participants drawn from the 18 districts from which the Ministry of Health and Child Care has been implementing the programme working in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Resettlement.

 

 

 

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