Governance scheme and FNS policy coordination in Antigua and Barbuda
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.
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There will also be advisory membership representatives from:
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
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.