Economic Action Plan 2013 reaffirms Canada's commitment to nutrition and increasing food security. The new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will continue to implement the mandate of poverty alleviation by helping to ensure families have access to the nutrition they need to live healthy lives, contribute to their communities, and grow their economies.
Canada continues leadership on nutrition and food security
The investments announced today demonstrate Canada's commitment to nutrition and food security as a critical building block to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty alleviation.
The nutrition and food security initiatives are:
- The Scaling Up Nutrition Through Integrated Lifesaving Interventions will improve the well-being and survival of children under the age of five in more than twenty African nations. The program will deliver cost-effective, lifesaving nutrition and health services. ($29 million to UNICEF; $29 million to Helen Keller International); and
- Country Case Studies will examine progress in maternal, newborn, and child health and in nutrition in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Tanzania. This will identify the factors that contributed to successes and challenges in maternal, newborn, and child health and in nutrition, which will be shared widely to improve the delivery of nutrition and health services in these countries. ($900,000 to the World Health Organization).
Canada is contributing to the following initiatives as part of its commitment to provide $1.1 billion in new funding between 2011 and 2015 to the Muskoka Initiative, a global effort to mobilize action to reduce maternal and infant mortality and to improve the health of mothers and children in the world's poorest countries:
- Accelerating Nutrition Improvements in sub-Saharan Africa will also support the scaling up of nutrition interventions, and will increase surveillance and data collection of nutrition-related action in Africa ($18 million to the World Health Organization).
- The Improving Nutrition Through Homestead Food Production will help improve the nutritional status of women and children in Africa through home-based agricultural production and nutrition education ($15 million to Helen Keller International).
- National Nutrition Surveillance System in Afghanistan will establish a national nutrition surveillance system ($6.4 million to the World Health Organization and UNICEF).
- Maternal and Under-5 Nutrition and Child Health Project in Afghanistan will help to ensure that women and children in the targeted provinces of Badghis, Herat, and Ghor, where nutrition needs are severe, benefit from a sustainable approach to strengthening the ability of the Afghan health system and local communities to respond to undernutrition ($9 million to World Vision Canada); and
- Support for Nutrition Activities and Policies (SNAP) will contribute to a larger World Bank project supporting Malawi's rollout of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement to break the vicious cycle of malnutrition, anemia, and stunting that impairs the physical and cognitive development of women and children. The project will reach as many as 3.3 million women of reproductive age and as many as 3.5 million children under the age of five ($13.5 million to the World Bank); and
As part of Canada's commitment under the G-8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, Canada will support the following initiatives:
- Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health will develop agricultural technologies and research innovations, as well as best practices, to ensure that nutrition is fully integrated into the design of agriculture and to build public and private partnerships to disseminate and scale up the results of its research for maximum impact ($20 million to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research); and
- Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Rural Development will work directly will smallholder farmers and the private sector to improve the production of nutritious food and promote innovations in nutrition-sensitive agriculture, particularly in Africa. The initiative will support linkages between smallholder farmers and the private sector, reaching up to 1.5 million farmers and bringing innovations to bear on agricultural production ($5 million to the International Fund for Agricultural Development).
Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation
Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
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