Stunting reduction in Kenya
SUNCSA Kenya is coordinating actions to improve nutrition across government ministries and with external organisations. The approach is set out in the National Nutrition Action Plan approved by the government in November 2012. Nutrition budgets are now mainstreamed as the plan is aligned to the government’s broader Medium Term Development Plan. The government has committed to spending Ksh6 billion (US$ 70 million) over the next five years to scale up nutrition. The money will be shared across ministries including water and irrigation; fisheries development; agriculture; and national planning and development.
Nutrition legislation is being strengthened in Kenya and in September 2012 Parliament passed the Breast Milk Substitutes Regulation and Control Bill. The bill effectively adopts the recommendations of the World Health Organisation International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes.
External partners are aligning behind government leadership for nutrition. The United Kingdom Department for International Development has committed Ksh2.29 billion (US$ 26 million) to assist scale up of nutrition in the three counties of Turkana, Wajir and Mandera. Additional multi-year funding to the nutrition sector will be provided through the €250 million (US$ 326 million) European Union initiative, called “Supporting Horn of Africa Resilience (SHARE)”, which helps the people in the Horn of Africa to recover from drought and strengthens the population and regional economy to better withstand future crises.
Around 27 million Kenyans will have access to nutritionally fortified wheat flour, vegetable oil and maize meal over the next five years through a partnership between the government and private organisations that was launched in October 2012. All large-scale vegetable oil producers and wheat flour and maize meal millers in Kenya have committed to fortifying their food products. In exchange, equipment and nutrient blends will be provided to industry along with training in quality assurance.