Governance scheme and FNS policy coordination in Antigua and Barbuda

National level FNS rectory

The National Council/Committee* for Food Security and Nutrition is presided by the Prime Minister, in the hands of the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Administrative Unit of the National Policy exerts executive responsibility for daily operations and reports to the Council/Committee*.

*Council/Committee: it is not yet established whether the governing body will be a Council for Food Security and Nutrition or a Committee for Food Security and Nutrition.

Functions and attributions
  • Provide policy advice on:
  1. Recommending policies, strategies, programs and projects to handle the issues and problems related to food and nutrition that are compatible with the strategic national development plan.
  2. Formulate policy measures (related to fiscal, trade, tariff, education, quality assurance, localization of markets and administration, etc.)
  3. Prepare legislation to send to the Minister of Justice for approval, and the proposal and implementation of changes in the institutional/administrative framework.
  • Inter-sectoral coordination and reinforcement of institutional capacity
  1. To continue to promote inter-sectoral collaboration in planning and implementing programs across all sectors involved in food, nutrition and healthy activities.
  2. Begin development of a national mechanism for food and nutrition.
  3. Coordinate and mobilize personal resources and others (physical and financial) to advance food and nutritional status.
  4. Promote coordination of the implementation of projects and programs of the various agencies and ministries that influence food and levels of nutrition.
  5. Identify research and training and carry out recommendations to meet those requirements (human, material and financial) needed by the various ministries and other agencies.
  • Planning for Food Security and Nutrition
  1. To develop national food and nutrition plans and act as an advisory body when it comes to the food and nutrition interface.
  2. To develop a National Action Plan for implementation of the National Policy.
  • Awareness, Education and Advocacy
  1. Increase awareness among decision makers of the importance of the integrated relationships between food, nutrition and health and, likewise, on the vital need for comprehensive food and nutrition policies in development planning.
  2. Advocate for the implementation of corrective measures to improve nutritional and health status of vulnerable groups, and for the maintenance of adequate food and nutrition surveillance.
  3. To be present in front of the Cabinet for further financial assistance, needed from time to time, and to issue special orders, regulations or proclamations.
  4. Consult and communicate with the national community on related issues.
  5. Create awareness on issues regarding Food Security and Nutrition among all relevant stakeholders and the public through social communication strategies, such as focus group discussions.
  • Monitoring of Food Security and Nutrition
  1. To access all information related to the planning and implementation of projects related to food and nutrition.
  2. Collate and disseminate data for decision making with regard to Food Security and Nutrition.
  3. Monitor the implementation of projects and programs and redefine policies and strategies.
  4. Ensure that all policies, approved and promulgated by the Cabinet, are carried through and implemented by the appropriate department in the country and regulated by the concerning institutions and stakeholders.
  5. Produce reports for the Cabinet every six months.
Conformation
  1. The Ministry of Health, Social Transformation and Consumer Affairs
  2. The Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment
  3. The Ministry of Education, Gender, Sports and Youth Affairs
  4. The Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Public Administration
  5. Barbuda Council
  6. Central Marketing Corporation (CMC)
  7. Antigua and Barbuda Chamber of Commerce
  8. Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority
  9. Antigua and Barbuda Fishermen Cooperatives
  10. Antigua and Barbuda Agro-Processors Association
  11. Antigua and Barbuda Agricultural Cooperative Society

There will also be advisory membership representatives from:

  1. The Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards
  2. The Attorney General, Ministry of Legal Affairs
  3. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport
  4. The Plant Protection Unit
  5. The Veterinary and Livestock Division
  6. The Central Board of Health
  7. The Gilbert Agriculture and Rural Development (GARD) Centre
Civil society and other actors participation in the FNS policy
Conformation formula

Civil society is represented in the National Council/Committee* of Food Security and Nutrition through the following actors: Fishermen’s Cooperative, Association of Agro-Processors and the Cooperative Agricultural Society

Evaluation and monitoring

The policy states that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda must improve the socioeconomic conditions of the most vulnerable groups in terms of food and nutritional insecurity, through the implementation of mechanisms that measure and monitor food insecurity and poverty. This includes:

  • The identification and mapping of vulnerable groups and the establishment of a national database with this information;
  • Compile a basic database of indicators of food insecurity and vulnerability;
  • Improving data collection methodologies: use of evidence-based research (surveys of living conditions and monthly surveys on household budgets) as a basis for measuring food insecurity and poverty;
  • Strengthen the capacity and skills of relevant institutions to monitor the characteristics of food insecurity and poverty; and build national capacity in the use of Information and Monitoring Systems for Food Insecurity and Vulnerability in order to identify food insecurity, malnutrition and undernourishment at household level.
Accountability

The accountability for the Food Security Policy of the country is established in its framework of principles, strategies and definitions.