The National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) is a statutory body that was established in 1967 by an Act of Parliament, Chapter 308, No.41 under the Ministry of Health as an advisory body to the Government on matters concerning food and nutrition.  Our broad objective is to promote and oversee nutrition activities in the country, primarily focusing on vulnerable groups such as children, and women. In pursuance of this mandate, we have, since inception undertaken several activities aimed at nutritional improvement with varying degrees of success. Many of these have been done through collaborative effort with both local and international stakeholders.


To be Zambia’s Centre of Excellence in leading food and Nutrition Action for optimal nutrition

Mission statement

To provide efficient and effective leadership for coordinated food and nutrition action in Zambia

Our Core Values

  • Creativity
  • Empowerment
  • Trust
  • Teamwork

Organisational Setup

Our operations are guided by the mandate specified in the the Act of Parliament and are implemented by a strong administrative and professional back bone.  For administrative and operational purposes, the NFNC is responsible to the Minister of Health.

The NFNC receives a monthly grant from Government through the Ministry of Health for its administrative operations It also receives financial and material support from Multinational and bilateral agencies, as well as local and international NGOs depending on need.

Our Core Functions

Some of the core functions of NFNC in line with its objectives are listed below:

  • It is responsible for continuous assessment of the extent and distribution of malnutrition in the country by identifying, among others, dietary deficiencies and their causal factors.
  • It conducts research that provides information on the nutritional needs of the population.
  • It liaises with relevant government ministries and other government departments as well as with international and nongovernmental organizations in the coordination and integration of development plans and programmes relating to food and nutrition.
  • It coordinates the work of all Nutrition Groups functioning in various districts.
  • It produces Various Information education and Communication materials used in teaching nutrition in communities and schools.
  • It facilitates nutrition training at professional, supervisory and field levels to improve programme implementation.

Our Cooperating Partners