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Burkina Faso: the multisectoral nutrition policy explained to communities

The National Multisectoral Nutrition Policy (PNMN), a governance framework adopted in 2020 and little known until then, is being taught to communities in the East, North and North-Central regions of Burkina Faso, for better ownership and understanding. This was the highlight of the Right2Grow project in Burkina Faso in January 2022.

A few months earlier, the consortium had met to develop a summary version of the NNMP, which was subsequently supplemented by the Directorate of Nutrition and the Technical Secretariat for Food and Nutrition (STAN); two structures responsible for monitoring and coordinating nutrition interventions.

This participatory approach in the elaboration guarantees not only the quality of the document, the adhesion of the stakeholders, but above all the recognition by the different actors of this synthesis of the PMNM. The document highlights the responsibilities of each ministry for improving nutrition and food security scores.

To date, the PNMN is struggling to be operationalised due to its lack of ownership by the different actors including Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and the communities themselves.
To address this, the Right2Grow consortium, through the Civil Society Nutrition Network (RESONUT) and the Rural World Association (AMR), has undertaken the printing and distribution of more than 200 summary documents of the PNMN in French and in local languages (Moré, Gourmantchéma and Fulfulde).

In the Centre-North region, AMR recorded and broadcast a radio programme (round table) on the "Voix du Paysan" to present and explain the PNMN to listeners. The State Nutrition Focal Point, the Association for Sustainable Development (ADD) and the Faso Risongo Association, a women's CSO, took part in the programme.

In January 2022, in addition to popularising the PNMN, the consortium members reviewed the implementation of year 1 of the project, evaluated the collaboration and identified perspectives for further interventions.

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