Supporting the Development of National Food and Nutrition Security Index

While Bhutan has seen a substantial reduction in poverty from 23 2 percent in 2007 to 8 21 percent in 2017 and increased public investment in agriculture in recent years, it remains a largely agriculture dependent society that continues to face poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition challenges This is particularly pronounced in rural areas where prevalence of poverty stood at 11 94 percent as of 2017 The government has therefore taken action to develop its agriculture sector, while ensuring a longer term Renewable Natural Resources ( Strategy In 2020 the agriculture sector continued to be the main driver of growth in the country and increased by 5 07 percent, while all other sectors experienced a decline, mainly due to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic In 2019 the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests ( requested the support of FAO for the development of a robust food security and nutrition dashboard to inform policy and strategy development in the country The enhancement of food and nutrition policies has been constrained by a lack of baseline data on the food consumption and nutrition practices of the population, which have not been reviewed since 2014.