Policy - National Food Policy Plan of Action

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Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) Ministry of Food and Disaster Management
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Food Planning and Monitoring Committee
Type of policy:
Food security or agriculture sector national policy, strategy or plan with nutrition components


Goals, objectives or targets related to nutrition: 



Ensure a dependable sustained food security for all people at all times


Core Objective 1: Adequate and stable supply of safe and nutritious food


Specific Objectives:

1. Sustained increase in food production

2. Efficient food markets

3. Non-distortionary food grain market intervention for price stabilization



  • Demand-driven crop and non crop new technologies developed and disseminated; demand led and pro-poor extension service expanded
  • Increased irrigation coverage; improved delivery and efficient use of safe irrigation water; reduced dependency on ground water; reduced cost of irrigation water
  • Increased supply of quality crop and non-crop seeds, timely supply of fertilizers and balanced use of fertilizers; Increased efficiency and sustainability of agricultural land use; Agricultural land use for non- agricultural purposes effectively regulated; Agricultural machines and equipment available at affordable prices; strengthened Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Integrated Crop Management (ICP)
  • Increased and well-managed production of high value crops, fish and livestock products.
  • Increased formal credit to agriculture, especially to small and marginal farmers; improved coverage of financial loss due to failure of crops, livestock and fish production.
  • Improved private storage, market and transportation facilities, improved market connectivity at local, national and international levels
  • Reduced marketing costs of agricultural products, strengthened market integration
  • Updated legislation regulating food markets enacted and enforced
  • Well-functioning domestic Early Warning System established and integrated/ coordinated with the global Early Warning System
  • Enhanced effectiveness of the public procurement system; producer price effectively supported during post harvest seasons
  • Improved public stock management, adequate public storage facilities and capacities and enhanced effectiveness of OMS


Core Objective 2: Increased purchasing power and access to food of the people


Specific objectives:

1. (Effective) Transitory shock management

2. Effective implementation of targeted programmes to improve food security

3. Employment generating income growth



  • Enhanced disaster preparedness and post-disaster rehabilitation in agricultural systems.
  • Improved coverage and effectiveness of emergency distribution programmes.
  • Improved coverage of vulnerable and disadvantaged people and areas (esp. Monga-prone areas); improved targeting; improved cost- effectiveness; reduced leakage; enhanced adequacy to vulnerable people’s nutritional needs.
  • Enhanced participation of women and disabled people in rural agricultural and other rural activities
  • Increased growth of agro-based/agro-processing industries and Micro, Small and Medium sized Enterprises (MSMEs)
  • Quality of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) increased to meet skill requirements of domestic and international markets


Core Objective 3: Adequate nutrition for all individuals, especially women and children


Specific Objectives:

1. Long-term national plan for ensuring balanced food in building a healthy nation

2. Supply of sufficient nutritious food for vulnerable groups

3. Balanced diet containing adequate micronutrients

4. Safe drinking water and improved sanitation

5. Safe quality and food supply

6. Adequate health status



  • Long term targets for physical growth established; standard food and nutrient intake established for different population groups; integrated plan for attaining standard food intakes targets established
  • Increased availability through local production of low-cost items; poor, distressed and vulnerable women and children effectively covered by food-based nutrition programs, including Growth Monitoring and Promotion (GMP).
  • Increased percentage of women educated in nutrition and primary health care activities through formal and non-formal education; increased home gardening and poultry raising activities by poor households
  • Increased coverage of vitamin A; increased coverage and compliance of ironfolate supplementation and; increased coverage of households with adequately iodized salt
  • Safe water and sanitation facilities available and accessible for all by 2010.
  • Enhanced access to safe and quality food, for domestic consumption and also for international trade.
  • Increased primary health care (PHC) and antenatal care (ANC) coverage; increased skilled attendance at birth; improved access to health services; healthy lifestyles and behavior.
  • Strengthened exclusive breastfeeding practices; expanded practice of breastfeeding; ensured safe and nutritious complementary feeding; strengthened babyfriendly hospital initiative; increased maternity leave, particularly post-partum; Breast Milk Substitutes (BMS) Codes respected by the breast milk substitute marketers.

WHO 2nd Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016-2017

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