Afghanistan: Feeding the Children of Afghanistan Together
According to UNICEF, 60 percent of Afghan children are stunted because of poor feeding practices and malnutrition, and 2 out of 5 are moderately to severely underweight.The UN Joint Programme Feeding the Children of Afghanistan Together is tackling the issue by promoting an integrated package of nutrition and food security interventions at the community level. It brings together health, agricultural and education activities to attack the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition, by empowering communities to use their own resources to create lasting solutions to the problem.
The programme is helping to establish the necessary policy frameworks, legislation, national capacity, coordination mechanisms and information management to support interventions at central, provincial, district and community-levels for the medium and long-term.
Its approach is based on the concept of "right to food" and builds upon the broad range of nutrition and food security initiatives carried out since the fall of the Taliban, harnessing technical expertise from FAO, UNICEF, UNIDO, WFP, and WHO.
Feeding the Children of Afghanistan Together is grounded in the MDG-F's mission to ensure that advances in development occur equitably and reach the most marginalized and excluded populations.
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- The programme has supported the strengthening of the policy and strategic framework and proposed an institutional framework for food security and nutrition. It has built the capacity of key stakeholders and implementing partners at national and sub national level to systematise its delivery.
- The programme has reached over 40,000 participants with efforts to promote dietary diversification at household level through increased food production, increased access to food, cooking demonstrations to improve nutrition education and complementary feeding for children from the age of six months.
- The curriculum for the Ministry of Education's “Better Nutrition Better Learning Initiative” has been finalized and translated into local languages (Dari & Pashto). Teaching aids have been developed so that the initiative can be implemented country wide during the academic year starting in 2013 with a reach of more than 6.25 million school children.
*as of June 2012 programme reporting period