Kenya on Monday launched a national information platform to help address the growing challenge of malnutrition in the country.
According to Eric Wafukho, Chief Administrative Secretary of the National Treasury, the project is designed to popularize the production of data and the dissemination of information with the aim of improving the nutritional status of local communities.
“The project brings together and analyzes existing information and data from all sectors to support the development of evidence-based policies and programs to improve human nutrition,” Wafukho said at the launch in Nairobi.
He said the project aimed to improve information dissemination and provide a better understanding of Kenya’s nutritional status among national leaders and policy makers.
Wafukho said the National Food Security and Nutrition Information Platform project “should help accelerate the achievement of Kenya’s national and international food security and nutrition goals.
“We are racing against time to achieve Vision 2030 and Sustainable Development Goal 2 to end hunger and reduce levels of malnutrition and stunting as we pledged.
Veronica Kirogo, head of the Nutrition Division at the Ministry of Health, said the country faces a triple burden of malnutrition – nutrition, overweight and obesity and micronutrient deficiencies.
Kirogo therefore called for multi-stakeholder collaboration to tackle the triple burden to give people better lives by reducing malnutrition and stunting.
The nutrition project will be implemented jointly by the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis and the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. (Xinhua / NAN)
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