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Written by on December 9, 2021

The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance has commended the new dawn government for re-affirming Zambia’s commitment to ending all forms of malnutrition at the ongoing Nutrition for Growth Summit in Japan.

Republican Vice President, Mrs. Mutale Nalumango indicated at the summit the need for countries including Zambia to increase investment not only in nutrition but also food security as well.

Mrs Nalumango indicated that good nutrition is the pre-requisite to human development and mentioned the three key commitments that Zambia is making to ending all forms of malnutrition namely, implementing the Food and Nutrition Act 2020, reducing under-nutrition in line with World Health Assembly targets by 2025 and accelerating scaling up nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programs.

Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance Zambia Country Coordinator Matthews Mhuru says the commitment is timely as government is planning to remove subsidies on electricity and fuel which will have a direct impact on food prices.

Mr Mhuru says it is the organization’s hope that the government’s agenda to make nutritious food accessible and cheaper will be realized at all cost.

The Summit is being hosted by the Government of Japan and represents a critical milestone to addressing malnutrition in all forms around the world and is a global effort to bring together government’s, donors, businesses, NGOs and beyond.

By Monica Aba Baidoo

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