On October 12, 2016, FANTA presented “Strengthening Multisectoral Planning for Nutrition at the Local Government Level: Experience from Uganda” at the 7th African Nutrition Epidemiology Conference (ANEC VII) in Marrakech, Morocco. In the presentation, FANTA shared its approach to strengthening local nutrition leadership and governance in Uganda through the District Nutrition Coordination Committee (DNCC) Initiative. The DNCC Initiative has had remarkable success in transforming nutrition policy into local action in 10 Ugandan districts. The session was supported by Mr. Boaz Musiimenta, Senior Policy Analyst at the Nutrition Secretariat in Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister.
Strengthening local capacity in nutrition advocacy and governance is important for enabling countries to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and fit in well with the 2016 conference theme, “Nutrition Dynamics in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges for Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.” Held on October 9–14 and hosted by the Moroccan Society of Nutrition (MSN) in conjunction with the African Nutrition Society (ANS), the conference drew representatives from 14 African countries. Among those in attendance were Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Morocco, Malawi, Sierra Leon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, and Egypt.