Angola: Children, Food Security and Malnutrition in Angola
Three decades of civil war have left Angola with precarious health indicators. Despite some progress, 16% of its children are still moderately to severely underweight and almost a third are stunted. The Joint Porgramme's purpose is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in three particularly hard-hit provinces: Bie, Moxico and Cunene.
This project incorporates an integrated national response in three key high risk provinces. Various actors under government coordination jointly plan, implement and monitor interventions in high risk provinces, to ensure effective convergence of benefits for the most vulnerable and build models for expansion in the rest of the country.
The main outcome of this joint programme is to improve the health, nutritional and education status of poor and vulnerable groups. These activities to strengthen policies and demonstrate successful pilot projects will provide a direct sustainable impact on national progress towards MDG 1, 4 and 5, and thus leverage government funds to expand their reach and make them sustainable.
This project is innovative, as it brings together different actors with complementary knowledge and capacities, and capitalizes on the current politico-economic situation in Angola to leverage government funding to make the project sustainable.
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- A thorough analysis of the legislation on social protection has been carried out as part of the National Social Assistance Policy Development. Comparative studies were submitted to the Ministry of Social Welfare and Reintegration.
- The integrated management of food crises has been reinforced: in 2012, when 10 provinces were affected by drought, the JP partners were able to conduct a rapid assessment of the situation and to mobilize funds. As a result, a response plan was developed and action was initiated to provide support to vulnerable children.
- Thanks to trainings on agricultural techniques and expansion of cultivated land, local farmers introduced new cultures such as honey, vegetables and aquaculture. As a result, a 30% increase in local food production was observed in targeted areas.
*as of June 2012 programme reporting period