Food AND Nutrition Security
Food security exists when individuals in a household have enough nutritious food at all times for an active, healthy and productive life (Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), 1996).
Food security and access to adequate food is also a constitutional mandate, which states that ‘everyone has the right to have access to sufficient food and water’. The first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) aims at eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. Food security, especially amongst the poor, vulnerable groups and communities is one of the key priorities of the NDA.
The NDA Food and Nutrition Security programme is aimed at ensuring that households have the capacity and know-how to access nutritious food. The NDA implements the following in support of Food and Nutrition Security:
Supports the establishment of food gardens in the Early Childhood Development Centres Promotes and supports establishment of household , community and institutional food gardens
Supports Community Nutrition Distribution Centres (CNDCs) to provide nutritious food to vulnerable individuals and households
Forms partnerships with relevant institutions such as Department of Agriculture, DOH, COGTA, DSD, DTI, EPWP
Fosters community dialogues in solutions relating to Food and Nutrition Security