Multi sectoral Nutrition Programs in Nepal

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The Government of Nepal (GoN) is committed to scaling up a set of evidence-based nutrition interventions through its Multisectoral Nutrition Plan (MSNP) to reduce the inter generational transmission of stunting. The MSNP was developed by the National Planning Commission (NPC) in close collaboration with the five Ministries involved in its delivery, namely the Ministry of Agriculture Development (MoAD), the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), and the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD). Because the MSNP emphasizes decentralized implementation,a critical first step in implementing the MSNP is to determine what nutrition capacity exists in relevant sectors and what capacity must be developed. The purpose of this paper is to assess capacity-building needs to improve nutrition at the local government and community level and to recommend how to strengthen local capacity further.