December 6, 2018
On December 5, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Republic of Madagascar in Antananarivo for the Food and Nutrition Improvement Project, a technical cooperation project.
The project aims to contribute to improved nutrition among women and children in the target area of Madagascar, one of the focus countries of the Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA) . This will be achieved by enhancing the function for multi-sectoral coordination  in the nutrition sector, strengthening the organization of government agencies and the capacity of actors for promoting efforts to improve nutrition, and implementing initiatives in multiple sectors that lead to improvements in community health in the pilot area.
Details for the project are provided below.
|Country||Republic of Madagascar|
|Project title||The Food and Nutrition Security Improvement Project|
|Planned implementation period||March 2019 to February 2024|
|Executing agency||National Nutrition Office, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Ministry of Public Health|
|Target region||Three regions in the central highlands (Vakinankaratra, Amoron'i Mania and Itasy)|
|Specific project details (provisional)||Contributions to improving the nutrition of women and children in the target region through the following efforts:
(1) Enhancing the coordination capacity of the National Nutrition Office;
(2) Strengthening the organization and capacity for nutrition improvement;
(3) Raising awareness and improving dietary intake through agriculture; and
(4) Strengthening the system and capacity for monitoring and evaluation.
: By deepening collaboration between African countries and development partners, the IFNA promotes concrete initiatives at the community level where nutrition improvements are needed and supports the achievement of goals toward improvements in nutrition. In the decade from 2016 to 2025, nutrition improvement strategies are being formulated in African countries, and nutrition improvement initiatives are being promoted that transcend the boundaries of such fields as agriculture, health, education, and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene).
: This setup organically links related sectors, such as health, agriculture, education and water sanitation, in efforts to improve nutrition at the rural level.