Kick off workshop on “Multisectoral Food and Nutrition Security (MUSEFO)” Project in Cambodia.Event detail:
Phnom Penh: Kick off workshop on “Multisectoral Food and Nutrition Security (MUSEFO)” Project in Cambodia.
Malnutrition has an impact not only upon the development prospects of an entire country, but also of each individual affected. If a child does not receive adequate nutrition, including vital micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals over its first 1,000 days beginning with the early embryonic phase, the impact on growth, mental faculties and therefore learning and working potential will endure a lifetime.
The diet of many rural (and, to some extent, urban) households in Cambodia is inadequate, in terms of both quantity and quality. In addition, poor hygiene and resulting diseases mean that fewer nutrients are absorbed and used by the body. Women in pregnancy and childbirth, and young children require greater quantities of certain nutrients, and they are particularly susceptible to micronutrient deficiencies. This increases the risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth and the probability of a low birth weight of the newborns.
Approximately 32% of Cambodian children under the age of five are chronically undernourished and show signs of physical and cognitive growth impairment (stunting), 10% are acutely undernourished (wasting) and around 24% of children are underweight. 14% of women of age 15-49 years are underweight (DHS 2014). These figures highlight the prevalence of inadequate dietary habits in Cambodia and resulting micronutrient deficiency, especially among women of childbearing age and of young children.
The Project “Multisectoral Food and Nutrition Security (MUSEFO)” is part of the Global Program "Food and Nutrition Security, Enhanced Resilience" under the "One World – No Hunger” Special Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). With the One World – No Hunger Initiative, the German Government has funded 3.3 Million Euro to MUSEFO with aims to make a significant contribution to the reduction of poverty and hunger, placing particular emphasis on food and nutrition security for women of childbearing age and young children.
The global program is implemented in 11 countries worldwide. In Cambodia the project is implemented in the provinces of Kampot and Kampong Thom from Dec 2015 until Dec 2017. Combining measures in health and agriculture the project will focus on three areas:
• integrating and improving the quality of nutritional services in the health sector
Phnom Penh,Date 11th December 2015
• diversifying food production and raising awareness among the population of food and nutrition and basic hygiene
• embedding successful approaches at the national and regional levels with the following objective:
The food and nutrition situation of those vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity, especially women of childbearing age and young children, has improved.
An INCEPTION WORKSHOP will be held at the Council of Ministers on Monday, 14 December 2015. The workshop will be chaired by the Council for Agricultural and Rural Development CARD. Speakers will be:
• H.E. Dr. Yim Chhay Ly, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of CARD
• the Representative of the German Embassy Ms Birgit Strube
• Ms Evi-Kornelia Gruber, Team Leader MUSEFO
• Adelbert Eberhardt, GIZ Country Director
• and H.E. Ngy Chanphal, Secretary of State of MOI and Vice Chairman of CARD
The workshop will introduce the project to project partners and present the project team. The workshop will be an important opportunity for partners to get to know each other and to discuss the way forward.
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Kick off workshop on “Multisectoral Food and Nutrition Security (MUSEFO)” Project in Cambodia.Event start date:
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COUNCIL OF MINISTERS Council for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Phnom PenhE-mail: