The government says it will continue implementing the multi-sectoral community based model for food and nutrition security to address stunting challenges in children under the age of five, as they have already noted some improvements in districts taking part in the programme.

Following the adoption of a major national nutrition intervention that is the multi-sectoral community based model for food and nutrition security to address stunting challenges, an improvement has been recorded in districts which are implementing the programme.

Coordinator of the programme, Ms Miriam Banda said stunting is a multi-faceted problem which requires the involvement of stakeholders up to community level.

The programme can be implemented at community level using indigenous foods and local authorities have a role to play in improving nutrition security.

The programme is being implemented by more than 32 districts and current statistics shows that about 27 percent of Zimbabwean children suffer from stunted growth, with nine percent severely stunted owing to poor nutrition.