NFA(National Food Fortification Alliance)

Category: Menu Components
Published: Friday, 01 December 2017

Background:

Basing on the DHS 2015 revealing that chronic under nutrition and micronutrient deficiency are still the major issues in Rwanda with prevalence of stunting and anemia in children under five estimated at 38%and 37% respectively, SNV launched the Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP) program focusing on Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) with an emphasis on food security and Nutrition Sensitive Value Chains. Increased accessibility and use of fortified crops or products is among the key issues to address under Food and Nutrition security.

Despite the contribution of agro-processing industries in Rwanda on food security, economic development and poverty reduction, and the need to expand a few export crops base such as tea and coffee; the majority of agricultural products are consumed after minimal forms of processing that are performed entirely within the agricultural sector. Fortification strategies such as the provision of multiple micronutrient supplements or the production of fortified or bio-fortified foods may be effective in increasing intake of micronutrients and in turn, reducing micronutrient deficiencies.

It is against this background that SNV in conjunction with IFPRI together with 5 CSOs (ADECOR, IMBARAGA, RDO, CARITAS, and DUHAMIC ADRI) and SUN alliance Rwanda organized a learning and round table discussion for Civil Society organizations to highlight the importance of increased production processing and accessibility on food fortification.

SNV

Published: Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The overall goal or Impact of the project is the improved food security and nutrition of Rwandan poor households through effective policies implementation. SNV identified fiveCSOs namely Rwanda Consumers'Rights Protection Organisation(ADECOR),  DUHAMIC ADRI, CARITAS Rwanda, Rwanda Development Organization (RDO) and IMBARAGA which have a national coverage, strong networks and experience in Food and Nutrition Security to initiate and be the drive of the change. In order to achieve the desired goal sustainably, the CSOs will be accompanied by SNV for guidance and supervision, IFPRI for capacity building, research and policy analysis and SUN Alliance for Networking and outreach of stakeholders.The project recognize the complexity issue of eradicating Food and nutrition insecurity, and selected two key factors of focus to achieve the desired impact.

·         Increased availability, accessibility and affordability of nutrition food properly distributed across the country (R)

·         Positive households attitudes and behaviourstowards proper food consumption (O).

The increased availability, accessibility and affordability of nutritious food will be achieved through two ways, one is to optimize and increase the farm production of more diversified food (Q) resulted from implementation of effective farming systems at farm level (P) and onother is the increased production of more fortified food resulted from increased private sector investment in food fortification (N).

Optimization of farm production for more variety of nutritious food will be achieved through effective farming skills application resulted from effective service delivery on agriculture delivered by MINAGRI (I)  such as effective extension services, adoption of positive attitudes towards implementing effective farming systems by farmers (O) as well as good policy enabling environment on effective farming systems(K). Furthermore, it is assumed that the improved extension services will also train the extensionists to deliver effective behavior change strategies to the households towards improved food consumption. The increased private investment for food fortification will result from the implementation of fortification regulations (M) developed jointly with MINICOFIN together with other stakeholders.In order to have effective farming systems policy implementedon appropriate coordination mechanisms, regulations on fortified product, the government through MINAGRI, MINISANTE and MINECOFIN will have to develop and adopt the revised farming systems regulations (K) fortification policy and regulations (L) and improve on their accountability (G) in Nutrition and Agricultural service delivery (I) for supporting the implementation of these policies (I). The development or adjustment of these policies  will be advocated by CSOs through their Increased influence on effective farming systems and regulation on fortification (E) resulted from Improved collaboration between CSO, Government, Donors, development organization& private sector (F). This influence of the CSOs on the government will increase the political commitment to adjust practices and policies on effective farming systems, and regulations on fortified products (H) and develop these Inclusive policies and strategies. The collaboration CSOs with Food security stakeholders including the government will be a result of Increased CSO involvement and participation in FNS meetings, platforms with government, donors, researchers, development organization, private sector and media (E).  We believe that active involvement and participation of CSOs in meetings with other stakeholders  will be made effective if only made the CSOs dispose of appropriate skills in effective, planning, communication, leadership, research, knowledge and sustaible advocacy strategies development (A) whith will allow the them to collected and disseminate evidence on Budget allocation  effective farming systems, and Importance of fortification on eradication of under nutrition (B)as well as  develop sustanaible Advocacy plans&strategies for appropriate budget allocation, Effective farming systems, fortification regulations (C) for advocating these issues.

Services (Banks, Hotels, Restaurants...) and Customer Care in Business

Category: Menu Components
Published: Sunday, 14 September 2014
Written by Super User

After noticing that consumers face a series of problems in different areas, this association has opted to fix those areas to be their concern in order to set and define mechanism of protection and advocacy for the sole benefits of consumers who are in turn the engines of our country’s economic growth.

Problems encountered by consumers in all these thematic areas are not the same. It is in this framework that ADECOR has undertaken a conduction of research to see the most striking problems affecting the interests of consumers within these sectors.

To make sure the provided information is shared by all the consumers, this research was carried out in all provinces of the country including even the remote districts of Rwanda in courtsides.

By means of questionnaires to literate people and to illiterate ones with the help of ADECOR research agents, we have succeeded to collect data from different people in age, regions, views and understanding. We are convinced that the data provided reflects the real situation on the field.

In the following lines, we are going to be highlighting challenges faced by consumers in this area. Note that the contents of these research data include both ideas of respondents and observation of researchers during different inspections.

-Critical service of EWSA

-the provided water is sometimes not very clean; this can bring about diseases or contamination of water borne diseases. Verification of water treatment and distribution is very crucial.

-Guarantee is too high for consumers to acquire loans.

-Derisory salary of servants

-Poor Customer Care

-Language barrier of servants

-To  initiate  several  actions for attracts the attention of the power publics on the intercourse between the service providers  and their customers, notably on the conventions of banking accounts;

-Investigations on the access to the renewable credits, the working of the commissions of multi credits ,

-Modules of training on the multi credits and prevention.

Bad check, Ready to zero , Credit have the conception ,Insurance contract

Improvements of the legibility of the contracts and tariffs, taken in account of people deprived of means of payment.

 

 

Transport

Category: Menu Components
Published: Sunday, 14 September 2014
Written by Super User

After noticing that consumers face a series of problems in different areas, this association has opted to fix those areas to be their concern in order to set and define mechanism of protection and advocacy for the sole benefits of consumers who are in turn the engines of our country’s economic growth.

Problems encountered by consumers in all these thematic areas are not the same. It is in this framework that ADECOR has undertaken a conduction of research to see the most striking problems affecting the interests of consumers within these sectors.

To make sure the provided information is shared by all the consumers, this research was carried out in all provinces of the country including even the remote districts of Rwanda in courtsides.

By means of questionnaires to literate people and to illiterate ones with the help of ADECOR research agents, we have succeeded to collect data from different people in age, regions, views and understanding. We are convinced that the data provided reflects the real situation on the field.

In the following lines, we are going to be highlighting challenges faced by consumers in this area. Note that the contents of these research data include both ideas of respondents and observation of researchers during different inspections.

-Daily increase of transportation fee

Transport is a big problem to the consumers, First the ticket prices are very high to the consumers without proper justification e.g. . ONATRACOM TRANSPORT has very low fares and the Buses are big comfortable and in good condition

-unequal distribution of taxi in all the areas of the country. In the Country-sides many people lack means of transport because all the vehicles are mostly available in Kigali city and they only travel up country but come back to Kigali.

-When there are many people at the bus stations or during the school opening days and during the football matches the owners of the transport vehicles usually increase the fees.

This is a big problem to consumers in the countryside who are always late for their duties due to lack of sufficient transport means.

-The Drivers should be properly trained and qualified to attain licenses to drive public transport in order to avoid unnecessary accidents that happen due to carelessness or not observing the road safety rules.

-There is no proper tariff for the motor-cycle taxis thus they can charge you according to the way they perceive; others complain they don’t have change so that they can remain with the balance.

-The Motorcycles should observe the traffic rules accordingly and stop at the zebra crossings and also to stop over speeding which brings a lot of accidents on the roads.

 

 

 

Water and Sanitation

Category: Menu Components
Published: Sunday, 14 September 2014
Written by Super User

After noticing that consumers face a series of problems in different areas, this association has opted to fix those areas to be their concern in order to set and define mechanism of protection and advocacy for the sole benefits of consumers who are in turn the engines of our country’s economic growth.

Problems encountered by consumers in all these thematic areas are not the same. It is in this framework that ADECOR has undertaken a conduction of research to see the most striking problems affecting the interests of consumers within these sectors.

To make sure the provided information is shared by all the consumers, this research was carried out in all provinces of the country including even the remote districts of Rwanda in courtsides.

By means of questionnaires to literate people and to illiterate ones with the help of ADECOR research agents, we have succeeded to collect data from different people in age, regions, views and understanding. We are convinced that the data provided reflects the real situation on the field.

In the following lines, we are going to be highlighting challenges faced by consumers in this area. Note that the contents of these research data include both ideas of respondents and observation of researchers during different inspections.

-Critical service of EWSA

-the provided water is sometimes not very clean; this can bring about diseases or contamination of water borne diseases. Verification of water treatment and distribution is very crucial.

-Late intervention where a problem happens

-Corruption in serving the people(EWSA)

-To educate the people on the Hygiene standards and purification of water from the rivers

-The Water provision should be clean and in sufficient quantity to the consumers.

Water is life and everything depends on water therefore the consumers should be provided with abundant water supply in their homes and sanitation should be enhanced.

-Sanitation must be given proper consideration.Training or sensitization to the people not to mix the liquid and solid waste products as this is dangerous and harmful.

-There should be proper dumping of waste at given points of collection instead of everywhere.

-The homes should be built in well secured environment that does not allow the water or the rains to wash away the houses because if they dig the septic holes after some years, the water will spoil the houses of people living within the lower regions.

-There should be no dumping of waste materials in moving water like rivers because many people depend on the water like in grazing of animals both domestic and wild animals which are important for tourism

 

 

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