Key data for Côte d’Ivoire

NCI13th HRCI37th HANCI24th
HANCI compares 45 countries for their performance on 22 indicators of political commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition. All the countries compared in the index have high rates of hunger and undernutrition. The comparative approach of the index means that country scores are calculated in relation to the political commitment of the other countries in the index.
Existing rates of: Stunting: 29.6% Wasting: 7.6% Proportion of population underweight: 7.6% Source: Government of Côte d’Ivoire (DHS and MICS, 2011-12)

Strong Performance

  • Côte d’Ivoire instituted a separate budget line for nutrition, enabling transparency and accountability for spending.
  • The National Nutrition Policy/Strategy identifies time bound nutrition targets and a multisectoral and multistakeholder policy coordination mechanism has been set up.
  • Policymakers in Côte d’Ivoire benefit from regular nutrition surveys that are statistically representative at national level. The last survey was published in 2016.
  • The Government of Côte d’Ivoire promotes complementary feeding practices.
  • In Côte d’Ivoire 90.6% of women aged 15-49 were visited at least once during pregnancy by skilled health personnel in 2011-2012.
  • In Côte d’Ivoire, constitutional protection of the right to social security is strong.

Areas for improvement

  • Spending on agriculture (1.9% of public spending in 2016), does not meet government commitments set out in the African Union’s Maputo Declaration (10% of public spending).
  • Côte d’Ivoire’s spending in its health sector (5% of public spending in 2015) does not fully meet (15%) commitments set out in the Abuja Declaration.
  • In Côte d’Ivoire, the law gives women and men equal economic rights and equal legal access to agricultural land. However, these laws are not effectively enforced and discriminatory practices against women continue, increasing their vulnerability to hunger and undernutrition.
  • Weak access to improved sanitation facilities (29.9% in 2015) obstructs better hunger and nutrition outcomes.
  • Social safety nets in Côte d’Ivoire are basic and only cover few risks for a limited number of beneficiaries.
  • Civil registration rates are weak (65% in 2011-2012) and potentially hold back children’s access to critical public services such as health and education.

Hunger Reduction Commitment Index (HRCI)

Public Spending Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Public spending on agriculture as share of total public spending
1.9%2016Joint 36th
Public spending on health as share of total public spending
5%2015Joint 30th
Policies Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Access to land (security of tenure)
Moderate2016Joint 37th
Access to agricultural research and extension services
Moderate2013Joint 41st
Civil registration system — coverage of live births
Functioning of social protection systems
Weak2016Joint 11th
Laws Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Level of constitutional protection of the right to food
Moderate2014Joint 10th
Equality of women’s access to agricultural land
In Law, not in Practice2014Joint 4th
Equality of women’s economic rights
In Law, not in Practice2014Joint 1st
Constitutional right to social security
Yes2006Joint 1st

Nutrition Commitment Index (NCI)

Public Spending Score Year NCI rank of 45
Separate budget for nutrition
Yes2017Joint 1st
Policies Score Year NCI rank of 45
Vitamin A supplementation coverage for children
72%2015Joint 24th
Government promotes complementary feeding
Yes2010Joint 1st
Population with access to an improved water source
Population with access to improved sanitation
Health care visits for pregnant women
90.6%2011-2012Joint 23rd
Nutrition features in national development policy
National Nutrition Policy/Strategy
Yes2017Joint 1st
Multisector and multistakeholder policy coordination
Yes2017Joint 1st
Time bound nutrition targets
Yes2017Joint 1st
National nutrition survey in last 3 years
Yes2016Joint 1st
Laws Score Year NCI rank of 45
Enshrine ICBMS in domestic law
Many Aspects Enshrined2016Joint 20th