Governance scheme and FNS policy coordination in Honduras

National level FNS rectory

The National Council for Food Security and Nutrition was created as the agency for management and decision-making regarding policy for Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) within the social public policy and drives all actions that promote FSN. The Technical Unit for FSN (UTSAN) takes on the functions related to coordination, planning, follow up, monitoring and evaluation and the formulation of methodological procedures related to the implementation of the National Policy for FSN Policy (created by Executive Decree No. PCM-038-2010).

Functions and attributions
  1. To ensure compliance of the objectives, agreements and commitments created by the National System for Food Security and Nutrition;
  2. To propose guidelines an priorities in order to comply with the National Policy for FSN and its implementation strategy;
  3. To promote the approval of legislation and regulation that is necessary for the implementation of the National Policy for FSN and its implementation strategy;
  4. To review and approve policies, plans and strategies for FSN and to ensure the availability and allocation of financial and human resources for effective implementation;
  5. To know the implementation status of strategic plans, proposed modifications, rethinking strategies and approval of short-term actions;
  6. To unify criteria on strategies that address FSN in a comprehensive and systematic manner within the framework of inter-culturality, and by defining responsibilities and commitments of the sectors involved;
  7. To review, analyze and propose new policies and strategies on FSN, based on the recommendations issued by the “Comisión de Vigilancia de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional” (COVISAN), in relation to respect and protection of the right to Food Security and Nutrition;
  8. To generate and integrate information that reveals the state of FSN within the country; And,
  9. Other responsibilities not expressly set but related to Food Security and Nutrition.
Conformation

Public actors

  • The Secretary of State of the Presidential Office;
  • The Secretary of State of the Social Development Office;
  • The Secretary of State in the Office of Agriculture and Livestock;
  • The Secretary of State in the Office of Natural Resources and Environment;
  • The Secretary of State for Health;
  • The Secretary of State for Finance;
  • The Technical Secretary for Planning and External Cooperation.

Actors from the civil society, non-governmental sector and the private sector

  • One (1) representative of the Non-Governmental Development Organizations;
  • One (1) representative from the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise;
  • One (1) representative of the Confederation of Workers of Honduras (known in Spanish for their acronyms: CGT, CTH and CUTH), each nominated internally;
  • One (1) representative from the Farmer’s Organizations of Honduras, known in Spanish for their acronyms: COCOTH, CTC, CNC, ANACH of Honduras;
  • One (1) representative of the National Council of Education.
Civil society and other actors participation in the FNS policy
Conformation formula

Non-governmental, private sector and civil society organizations are represented by:

  • One (1) representative of the Non-Governmental Development Organizations;
  • One (1) representative from the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise;
  • One (1) representative of the Confederation of Workers of Honduras (known in Spanish for their acronyms: CGT, CTH and CUTH), each nominated internally;
  • One (1) representative from the Farmer’s Organizations of Honduras, known in Spanish for their acronyms: COCOTH, CTC, CNC, ANACH of Honduras;
  • One (1) representative of the National Council of Education.
Functions and attributions

It is not specified but by being part of the National Council for Food Security and Nutrition their responsibilities are the same as the ones attributed to the agency.

Coordination

The Technical Unit for Food Security and Nutrition (UTSAN) undertakes functions regarding coordination, planning, follow-up, monitoring, evaluation and formulation of methodological procedures related to the implementation for the FSN Policy.

Evaluation and monitoring

The National Council for Food Security and Nutrition has, as one of its functions, to generate and integrate information that reveals the state of FSN within the country, each year the UTSAN must give a detailed report of FSN. COVISAN is also responsible for carrying out monitoring and evaluation of the National System for Food Security and Nutrition.

Funding

It authorizes the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Finances to establish the Trust for FSN, used as an instrument to manage all public, private and international cooperation, specifically to meet exceptional contingencies concerning FSN.