The Joint Programme for Children, Food Security and Nutrition was a three-year joint program designed to improve food security and reduce under-nutrition among children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.
The program, implemented from 2010 to 2013, was developed in close consultation between government ministries, UN agencies and other relevant stakeholders. The programme was pilioted in two provinces, Svay Rieng and Kampong Speu, considered by the World Food Programme to be ‘chronically food-insecure’. A nationwide mass media campaign on infant and young child feeding and iron/folate for pregnant and postpartum women was undertaken. Lessons learned were used to scale up the program across the country.
Funding was provided by the Spanish government through the Global MDG Achievement Fund, a fund that aims to accelerate progress towards achievement of the MDGs in selected countries. The joint approach sought to build on the existing experiences of government, NGOs and several UN agencies in implementing nutrition and food security programs. It worked with current initiatives to ensure coordination at both national and provincial levels. The program also focused on strengthening the implementation of existing policies, as well as developing new policies specifically addressing malnutrition. Likewise, it aimed to establish an integrated food security and nutrition monitoring system in Cambodia.