Following the establishment of five pilot committees (Comités regionaux de la nutrition et d’alimentation, CRNAs) to facilitate regional food and nutrition governance in the Guera, Ouaddai, Ouadi-Fira, Tandjilé and Western Logone regions, the Government of Chad has appointed five CRNA focal points, who will essentially serve as regional facilitators. What does that mean? In simple terms, these focal points are supporting the respective committees in an effort to enhance multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder coordination by employing the multi-sectoral REACH facilitation approach at the regional level. Thanks to EU funding, REACH is actively supporting these focal points, building on the positive REACH experience at the central level supported by the International and National Facilitators and the decentralized REACH model applied in Niger.
On 28 August 2017, REACH in collaboration with the National Nutrition and Food Directorate (Direction de la Nutrition et de la Technologie Alimentaire or DNTA), organized a training for the newly appointed CRNA focal points. The objective of the training was to equip the participants with the skills required for effective multi-sectoral coordination at the regional level as part of greater efforts to operationalize the National Food and Nutrition Policy and its multi-sectoral implementation plan (PAINA). Participants now have a solid understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the different coordinating structures at the national level, including the Conseil National de Nutrition et d’Alimentation (CNNA), Comité Technique Permanent de la Nutrition et de l'Alimentation (CTPNA) and DNTA as well as the regional CRNAs. It also enabled participants to support the development, facilitation and implementation of a programme of work for their region.
Jointly facilitated by the SUN Government Focal Point and REACH International Facilitator with support from FAO and WFP colleagues, the training provided an overview of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, REACH, AGIR (Alliance Globale pour la Resilience au Sahel) as well as the country’s National Nutrition Policy, Action Plan and the nutrition coordination mechanism. The training also unpacked the Terms of Reference of the CRNA focal points in order to help them hit the ground running. It furthermore provided an opportunity to clarify hosting arrangements and their institutional relations with different sectors and regional actors. In addition, REACH has developed and made available a series of background documents, guidance materials as well as office equipment and supplies to the CRNA focal points to further enable their efforts. Monitoring visits are planned for late September, where CTPNA members and REACH facilitators will meet with the five pilot CRNAs to assess progress and to discuss ways for overcome the challenges that they are facing.