CSOs applaud government’s commitment to combat malnutrition

By ZBC Reporter
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have applauded the government for putting nutrition at the centre of the country’s development agenda and making it one of its priorities.
The government’s commitment to adhere to the resolutions of the 2013 London Nutrition for Growth Summit has been commended by Civil Society organisations (CSOs) as a clear testimony that government is committed towards improving the nutrition of people, especially pregnant women and children who are the most vulnerable group.
Against this background, an engagement meeting hosted by the Zimbabwe Civil Society Alliance in Harare this Friday saw increased calls for the government to renew its commitment towards the fight against malnutrition.
“We applaud the government for its commitment in the fight against malnutrition and we urge the government to seize this perfect opportunity to renew its commitments towards the fight against the scourge. December 2020 there is another summit of that nature in Tokyo Japan,” said Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (ZCSOSUNA) Programmes Officer, Kudzai Chavhunduka.
The Tokyo Nutrition Growth Summit will be held in Japan this December, and the thematic areas include health, food, resilience and driving innovation in nutrition.
ZCSOSUNA is calling on the government to make attainable and measurable commitments in preparation for the 2020 Japan Nutrition for Growth Summit.
“We are however concerned that there is no substantial report to provide information on the progress that has so far been made. According to the Global Nutrition Report 2019, Zimbabwe has made progress in meeting its 2013 commitments but there were challenges in assessing this progress due to language which was not clear and specific and also the tracking systems and capacity to track this progress was poor. It is against this background that we as the civil society are calling on the government to seize this perfect opportunity presented by Japan Nutrition for Growth 2020 Summit to make commitments which are Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART) and rejuvenate the fight against malnutrition,” said Chavunduka.
Good nutrition is a basic need for everyone, everywhere. Having women and children that have nutritious diets leads to living healthy, productive lives, nurturing of families and communities and putting the world on a path toward greater economic prosperity.
The Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit provides a historic opportunity to transform the way the world tackles the global challenge of malnutrition. The Summit continues the N4G legacy and signals the beginning of a new race toward a healthier, better-nourished future – a race toward ending malnutrition in all its forms in all countries. This requires ensuring that all people, including the most vulnerable, have access to safe, affordable and nutritious food by 2030, as called for by the SDGs.