State told to in­vest more in nu­tri­tion

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CARE In­ter­na­tional in Zam­bia has called on the gov­ern­ment to in­vest more in nu­tri­tion-sen­si­tive plan­ning and bud­get­ing to en­sure that is­sues of nu­tri­tion are ad­dressed from a multi-sec­toral per­spec­tive. CARE In­ter­na­tional coun­try di­rec­tor Geral­dine Zwack said gov­ern­ment should take a step for­ward and in­crease its share of in­vest­ment in the fight against mal­nu­tri­tion across the coun­try. Speak­ing at the launch of the East and South­ern Africa nu­tri­tion bud­get com­mit­ment re­port in Lusaka yes­ter­day, Ms Zwack said Gov­ern­ment should des­ig­nate at least one per cent of the na­tional bud­get to nu­tri­tion in the next three fis­cal years in a cam­paign which the or­gan­i­sa­tion is call­ing 3 by 3. And Min­is­ter of Health Chi­talu Chilu­fya said the Pa­tri­otic Front gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to fight mal­nu­tri­tion as demon­strated by the in­creased al­lo­ca­tion of K1mil­lion in the 2019 na­tional bud­get to the Na­tional Food and Nu­tri­tion Com­mis­sion.

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