LNEWSNNC Caraga conducted the First Semester Monitoring Meeting on the Local Nutrition Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security (LNEWS-FNS) in the Municipality of Talacogon, on April 27, 2022, at Cabatana Farm, Talacogon, Agusan Del Sur to determine the status of food security in the area and status of project implementation and identify good practices and gaps on nutrition program management and implementation.

The Municipal Nutrition Committee and the 5 sentinel barangays are the audience of the said meeting. Ms. Marylou Astilo served as lead on behalf of MNAO Jowee Ann Jusay and presented the results of the data collected in the 5 sentinel barangays and other secondary data from the municipal level. Ms. Astilo reported that the data gathered reflects a low prevalence of malnutrition in the municipality and below the national prevalence for the 3 indices (underweight, wasting and stunting).

Ms. Astilo also reported that the Household Dietary Diversity Score (HDDS) is at 8.5. HDDS is a simple count of food groups that a household has consumed over the last 24 hours and shows a household's ability to access varieties of foods. On the other hand, half of the randomly selected households were food insecure, and price increases in the basic food commodities were observed.  Causes were identified and price increases were tackled. The top food group consumed includes rice and cereals, vegetables, and condiments, while the least consumed are fruits, meat and nuts and legumes.
Ms. Astilo also shared the suggested actions of the LNEWS Core Team and MNC's supportive actions to the project. She added that the Core Team will have a meeting in July together with the Municipal Nutrition Committee.

NOII Leah Vina P. Vargas discussed the importance of the project to prevent food insecurity and deterioration of nutritional status of the vulnerable groups during emergencies and disasters and the use of the data collected for the formulation of Local Nutrition Action Plans especially at the barangay level.

NOII Cristal Gale Gumban facilitated the open forum as part of the LNEWS-FNS monitoring meeting.  NNC Caraga, together with the participants, recognized the good practices and gaps in its implementation and sustainability, including the constraints experienced by data collectors. The sharing of experiences was noted and is expected to be raised for the upcoming meeting with the Nutrition Committees. NNC Caraga commend the efforts of the LGU-Talacogon by sustaining the Local Nutrition Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security (LNEWS-FNS). #NOIICGPGumban/NOIILVPVargas