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Honduras

 

HondurasINCAP's Technical Cooperation Coordinator in this country: Ligia Teresa Yllescas
 
Address: Edificio Imperial 6o. y 7o. piso, Avenida República de Panamá, Frente a la Casa de Naciones Unidas, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Phone: (504)221-6091 al 97; Fax: (504) 221-6099
 
 
Background

hondurasWithin its legal framework for FNS, Honduras has the National Policy of Food and Nutrition Security constituted since 2006 as one of the long-term strategies that looks forward to reduce the number of population with higher poverty and vulnerability through a guiding and permanent framework of multisectorial and integration coordination between the different sectors, civil society and international cooperation. As result, it has become in an articulated point of strategies, plans, programs and projects at national level.

The National Strategy of FNS is promoted by the current Government as a process that includes actions for availability, access, consumption and biological use of foods through a process agreed and intersectorial to achieve development. Added over these actions, Honduras declared 2011, as the year of the Food and Nutritional Security and approved the FNS Law that established the necessary mechanisms of coordination at all levels for the achievement of FNS in the population, mainly those vulnerable.

At this moment, five regional workshops of FNS have been conformed and it was recently started to conform the municipal workshops. The methodology for the FNS insertion in the Municipal Development Plans is led by the Planning Secretary, and a technical team of the Direction of the Territorial Ordering is ending the corresponding guidelines jointly with the Direction of regional coordination y en cooperation with the Strategic Information System for Poverty Reduction (SIERP) to unify criteria. All this, it is registered in the Country Plan and Country Vision for 2038.

Other institutions of coordination (UTSAN of the Secretary of the Presidency) with the support of cooperation agencies as: FAO, PAHO/WHO, WFP and INCAP, has initiated an analysis about experiences on FNS incorporation in the municipal plans to contribute to the construction of the methodology to be used at national level.

Besides, the Health Secretary has its national policy of malnutrition of 2005 that allowed the extension of the strategy for Integral Care for Childhood. With the ENDESA 2005-2006 results, it was proposed a revision of the same for its updating, which has been pending to conclude to have a national plan of nutrition.

The Program of Human Resources was developed in feeding and nutrition subject through virtual component of Health and Maternal and Child Nutrition Training focused on FNS through the Agreement between INCAP and INFOSAMI/World Vision Honduras project.

Learned lessons

  1. Change of authorities and ignorance of the cooperation plan requires a transition period that is not considered in the agenda and risk the achievement of the expected results.
  2. The support of a technical resources in the second semester contributed to the achievement of the results, as the GABAS updating, the training on breastfeeding and BVS FNS, among others.
  3. The emergencies due to drought and severe raining are themes that must be considered in the technical cooperation all semesters of the year to be ready in the prevention, mitigation and assistance of this kind of situations.
  4. Visibility of the cooperation plan must be carried out constantly, as well as disseminating the achieved results to contribute for the accountability.
  5. Lack of human resources in nutrition in Honduras, propitiates the lack of a degree authority that contributes with social responsibility to country commitments and strengthening the leading in nutrition.
  6. The lack of updated policy and national plan of nutrition propitiates the atomization of activities.
  7. The education of human resources on nutrition in all levels is indispensable at short-term to advance in the control of the double nutritional load: due to deficiency and excess.

Main challenges for 2012

  1. Conclude GABAS updating and definition of the action plan 2012.
  2. Strengthen the inter-institutional committees: GABAS, CONCOM and CONALMA.
  3. Execute the project of education of human resources in nutrition in different levels.
  4. Set path of the nutritional surveillance component in the Health Secretary for both at regulations and local level.
  5. Disposer of human and financial resources to contribute with different projects and activities related to nutrition.
  6. Disposer of technical support from headquarters for the concretion of the cooperation plan.
  7. Strengthen alliances with key actors in FNS.
                  

 

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