Institutional Development

Institutional development was one of the main focus areas of the National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP). Apart from assisting in the development of a sound policy framework and programming documents (the National Food Policy and the associated Plan of Action), the Programme has also helped broaden food security debates to other domains and mainstream institutional mechanisms to formulate and implement related policies.
 
The Programme has particularly focused on strengthening the role and capacity of the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit, which is the Government agency responsible for monitoring the implementation of the National Food Policy Plan of Action and for providing food security policy advice to the Government of Bangladesh. An Institutional Assessment carried out at the beginning of 2009 identified six major areas of intervention, including structural changes, improved human resource management, and strengthened inter-ministerial collaboration (please click here for an overview of past and future activities).
 
Inter-sectoral collaboration was particularly fostered through the work of the Food Policy Working Group and the Thematic Teams that each draw on a broad membership from different domains related to food security. Indeed, various sectors and disciplines are represented at ministerial level in these institutions, including agriculture, rural development, women and children affairs, health, finance, commerce and disaster management.

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