Sustainable Food Policies

Civil society in the consolidation of cross-sectoral governance of food and nutrition security in Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe

This project aims to contribute to food and nutrition security and to the sustainable development of Sao Tome and Principe through the strengthening and empowerment of civil society. This project is built upon four main strands, comprising cross-cutting actions and enhancing the participation of several civil society actors:

  • Adequate Food and Nutrition as Human Rights;
  • Rural Women Rights;
  • The Globally important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS);
  • Adequate Nutrition through School Feeding Programs.

 

BENEFICIARIES:

Direct: 30 technical leaders of civil society organizations; 20 leaders and technicians of agricultural cooperatives and family farmer’s organizations; 30 farmers, artisanal and extractive fishermen (in particular, young people and women); 46 leaders and technical staff of public administration and the Autonomous Region of Principe in the food and nutrition security sectors.

Indirect: About 50,000 people in poverty (mainly rural women) and the resident population of Sao Tome and Principe (about 179,000, of whom about 50% are women).

 

OBJECTIVES:

Overall: Contribute to food and nutrition security and to the sustainable and inclusive development of Sao Tome and Principe, enhancing Adequate Food and Nutrition as a Human Right.

Specific: Strengthen civil society participation enabling its skills for discussing and monitoring the implementation of public policies with impact on the access and management of natural resources, poverty reduction, and food and nutrition insecurity.

 

ACTIVITIES:

Scaling up and strengthening of the Civil Society Network for Food and Nutrition Security of Sao Tome and Principe, with the participation of organizations that promote rural women rights.

  • Implementation of mobilization actions, training and knowledge exchange of the civil society (social participation, political advocacy, Adequate Food and Nutrition as Human Right, GIAHS, rural women’s rights, nutrition, and health);
  • Participation in meetings and international initiatives of the Community of the Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), promoting political liaison with other national, regional and global networks;
  • Preparation of studies and working documents, including legislative proposals and analysis;
  • Establishment and equipment of the Civil Society Network for Food and Nutrition Security of Sao Tome and Principe resource center: equipment of the resource center.

 

Recognition of civil society as fundamental speaker of the Sao Tome and Principe Council for Food and Nutrition Security and other formulation and coordination sectoral and cross-sectoral mechanisms for public policies.

  • Lobby, advocacy and partnership links with parliamentarians, policy-makers, and other relevant social actors;
  • Participation in regular meetings of sectoral and cross-sectoral mechanisms for public policy formulation;
  • Promotion of awareness campaigns and public campaigns.

 

Identification and implementation of good practices in food and nutrition security policies and programs.

  • Discussion and approval of Terms of Reference (ToR) for proposals presentation for pilot micro-initiatives;
  • Analysis and selection of best practices proposals;
  • Implementation and monitoring of the selected pilot micro-initiatives;
  • Seminar to disseminate the results of pilot micro-initiatives approved and implemented.

 

 

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