EU financial commitments to nutrition 2008–2016

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EU financial commitments to nutrition 2008–2016


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The EU commitments to nutrition in Kenya through DEVCO from 2008 to 2016 are illustrated below in Figure 1. Under the 11th EDF National Indicative Programme (NIP) 2014-2020 for Kenya nutrition is prioritised through the Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) focal sector to which EUR 190 million have been allocated. By the end of 2016, a total of EUR 116 million is committed under FNSSA sector of which EUR 4 million6 is for nutrition plus EUR 3.5 million7 from the National Information Platform for Nutrition (NIPN) and EUR 0.5 million8 from an emergency programme (as per the SUN methodology). Preliminary results for 2016 indicate a 3-fold increase in the EU’s global funding commitments to nutrition since 2014 as illustrated in Figure 2. The total amount of funding commitments for nutrition globally in the last three years is EUR 1.8 billion, which represents 51 % of the EU overall financial commitment for the period 2014-2020. In 2016 alone, the EU’s financial commitments to nutrition have reached EUR 790 million. This is a significant development, but this pace of investment needs to be maintained in order to reach the EUR 3.5 billion target by 2020.

Support of the EU and Member States

NIP Focal sector(s) for nutrition 2014–2020

Food Security and Resilience

Enhance mobilisation and political commitment for nutrition

  • EU will remain influential at political level as SUN donor convenor in Kenya
  • Strengthening nutrition governance at national and county levels, including capacity building and mobilisation of all networks within the SUN movement
  • Support to establish structures and build capacities in the new devolved system of governance, which is conducive to the operationalisation of the NNAP 2012-2017 and potentially the MNNP

Scaling-up actions

  • Support to interventions that address multi-sectoral approaches to nutrition by promoting production, access to quality food consumption and systems-strengthening. These are in line with SUN principles, the Agriculture Sector Development Strategy and the NNAP 2012-2017
  • Strengthening systems to effectively deliver ‘high impact’ nutrition-specific interventions as outlined in the NNAP 2012-2017
  • Developing nutrition-sensitive agriculture and livestock production strategies through interventions that aim to improve food security and sustainable livelihoods (with particular reference to EUR 30.5 million Support to Resilient Livelihoods and Drought Risk Management)
  • Focus on women and youth within the agriculture and livestock sectors

Strengthen expertise and knowledge-base

  • Strengthen existing information systems and analysis on nutrition to better inform policy decisions to achieve reduction in levels of undernutrition through the establishment of a National Information Platform for Nutrition (NIPN).
  • Ensuring that dialogue and communication focusing on learning, innovation and best practices across the agriculture sector is increasingly nutrition-sensitive with the development of complementary feeding practices and the use of local foods.
  • Research for climate resilient agro-technologies is recognised as a key priority and will build on previous EU investments in climate-proof insurance, drought-adapted plants and farming practices, together with agro-business and agro-forestry.
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