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Nutrition and Food Security Advocacy Trainings - August 2014 - Kenya

National nutrition advocacy training:

Kenya’s Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA) organised a National Nutrition Advocacy Training between 30 July – 1 August 2014 in Nairobi.

During this meeting, Jacob Korir, one of the facilitators who was trained by FAO through Training of Trainers (ToT) in Nutrition and Food Security early 2014, facilitated discussions on Nutrition sensitive programming. This was the first time in SUN CSA advocacy training that participants were introduced to nutrition sensitive programming with specific focus on integrating food security and nutrition programming. This formed the background for enhancing discussions on Food security and Nutrition integration in subsequent county workshop(s).

To know more, consult the workshop report.

West Pokot Food Security and nutrition advocacy training

Kenya’s Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA) in collaboration with FAO Kenya conducted an advocacy training on Food Security and Nutrition in West Pokot County. This was the first training of its kind, and was held from 26-29 August 2014.  

The workshop’s focus was on ‘Advocacy for food security and nutrition’ with a theme on ‘Integration of nutrition and Food Security programming’.

The training was preceded by half-day meeting targeting decision-makers from West Pokot County. The aim of the meeting was to highlight the importance of food security and nutrition, consequences of malnutrition to the society, discuss on the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) and advocacy to improve budgets for improving food security and nutrition for the county.

The advocacy training targeted participants from civil societies (NGOs) and county government ministries implementing nutrition and agriculture programmes.

The training workshop’s objectives:

—  - To strengthen CSO multi-sectoral coordination forums at county level to drive nutrition advocacy initiatives at county level.

—  - To build capacity of CSOs and partners to use effective advocacy to meet their food security and nutrition objectives

—  - To share basic knowledge on concepts on food security and nutrition and to identify causes and solutions to malnutrition in selected livelihood groups in West Pokot by use of the Problem and Solution tree methodology;

—  - To lay foundations for multi-sectoral collaboration for improving food security, nutrition and livelihoods in West Pokot County.

The workshop used various methodologies, including: minimal Power point presentations especially on key definitions, group work, discussions and presentation, advocacy cafes, problem and solution tree methodology, video clips, role play, case studies, and plenary discussions.

The county leadership recognized that food insecurity and malnutrition are major issues affecting the county. Through different training sessions, participants agreed that each sector has a key role in tackling malnutrition and that the different sectors would work together for improved nutrition outcome in West Pokot County. They pledged to advocate for this with their organizations’ leadership.

Media advocacy

The half-day workshop that involved some county decision-makers also attracted wide media coverage from local and national media stations and newspapers. The key recommendations from the workshop were:

- To advocate for active participation of nutritionists and/ in the ? review of CIDP and the budgeting process in West Pokot County.

- Influence the increase inbudget allocation for livestock programs, with a percentage of this allocated to  home economics towards supporting livestock diversification by Financial Year 2015/2016.

- Lobby for increase in West Pokot budget allocation to the health sector from 24.4% to 35% (2015/2016) and to have 10% of the health sector budget allocated  to nutrition and nutrition specific budget.

- Lobby for an increase by 30% of the number of households practicing kitchen gardening by 2016 in West Pokot.

- Establish the SUN CSA West Pokot Chapter whose main role is documentation of county best practices at the county level.