Promotion of local development and reduction of regional imbalances
284. Priorities selected for the 2013-2015 period are: (i) food and nutrition; (ii) health; (iii) education; (iv) access to safe drinking water, hygiene and sewage treatment; (v) development of the capacities of the local population; (vi) construction and rehabilitation of rural roads; (vii) access to financial services.
Development of the agricultural sector
330. Agriculture is the sector that offers the best chance to accelerate growth, assure food security, create longterm employment, increase revenues for the poor and contribute to the trade balance and to the development of agri-business. The Government’s strategic objective is to durably increase agricultural production and contribute to food and nutritional security. …
Development of the health system and services
479. Overall objectives are to… (viii) reduce the prevalence of underweight children under 5 from 18% in 2012 to 13.4% in 2015.
480. Strategic objectives for the 2013-2015 period are:
increase the availability and use of preventive, curative and promotional services of quality for maternal and neonatal health, including family planning, MTCTP and nutrition;
increase the availability and use of preventive, curative and promotional services of quality for childhood health, including nutrition, particularly at primary healthcare centers and posts at community level;
develop and reinforce maternal, childhood and nutritional healthcare at healthcare centers and at community level…
Reinforcement of the fight against hunger and malnutrition
485. In line with MDG 1c, Government objectives in terms of food and nutritional security are the following: (i) reduce the proportion of the population that suffers from food insecurity from 32% in 200 to 16% in 2015 in a rural setting and 7.7% in 2009 to 3.8% in 2015 in urban setting and (ii) reduce the prevalence of underweight children under 5 from 18% in 2012 and 13.4% in 2015; (iii) reduce by half the prevalence of underweight births from 18% in 2012 to 9% in 2015.