The Food Planning and Monitoring Committee (FPMC) extends its membership to include more key ministries, 14 May 2014.

The Government of Bangladesh has issued a notification which modifies the composition of the Food Planning and Monitoring Committee (FPMC), extending its membership to include the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, and the Statistics and Informatics Division. The FPMC mandate has been expanded from its initial scope of estimating demands of foodgrain, reviewing production, stocks and overall food management statistics to include food and nutrition security issues, advising the Government on appropriate policies. The FPMC is chaired by the Ministry of Food, with its Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) acting as member and secretary.
 
The enlargement of the FPMC is a significant event that will reinforce inter-ministerial coordination and governance of food security and nutrition, in line with the provision of section E of the National Food Policy (NFP). It will also constitute a factual step in implementing the Nutrition Narrative with specific reference to the appeal to “Foster debate for an effective high level multisectoral coordination structure in Government: Building upon existing coordinating mechanisms, promote the establishment of a high-level multisectoral coordination mechanism, above all the relevant technical sector ministries, to oversee implementation of all policies and programmes specific and sensitive to nutrition”.
 
The notification will come into effect immediately and can be consulted by clicking the link below.

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