Key data for Togo

NCI43rd HRCI27th HANCI40th
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: 27.5% Wasting: 6.7% Proportion of population underweight: 6.7% Source: Government of Togo (DHS, 2013-14)

Strong Performance

  • Relative to other HANCI countries, Togo’s medium/long term national development policy (Strategy for Boosting Growth and promoting employment (SCAPE)) assigns strong importance to nutrition.
  • The National Nutrition Policy/Strategy identifies time bound nutrition targets and a multisectoral and multistakeholder policy coordination mechanism has been set up.
  • Policymakers in Togo benefit from regular nutrition surveys that are statistically representative at national level. The last survey was published in 2013-2014.
  • The Government of Togo promotes complementary feeding practices.
  • In Togo, constitutional protection of the right to social security is strong.

Areas for improvement

  • Spending on agriculture (6.9% of public spending in 2016), does not meet government commitments set out in the African Union’s Maputo Declaration (10% of public spending).
  • Togo’s spending in its health sector (5.7% of public spending in 2015) does not fully meet (15%) commitments set out in the Abuja Declaration.
  • In Togo, 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.
  • Togo does not have a separate budget line for nutrition; this prevents transparency and accountability for spending.
  • The Government of Togo has not enshrined the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes into domestic law.
  • The Government of Togo has achieved two high doses of vitamin A supplementation for only 6% of children in 2015.
  • Weak access to an improved source of drinking water (68.7% in 2015) and an improved sanitation facility (13.9% in 2015) prevents positive outcomes for hunger and nutrition in Togo.
  • Social safety nets in Togo are basic and only cover few risks for a limited number of beneficiaries.

Hunger Reduction Commitment Index (HRCI)

Public Spending Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Public spending on agriculture as share of total public spending
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6.9%2016Joint 17th
Public spending on health as share of total public spending
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5.7%201525th
Policies Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Access to land (security of tenure)
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Moderate2016Joint 37th
Access to agricultural research and extension services
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Moderate2013Joint 41st
Civil registration system — coverage of live births
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78.1%2013-201412th
Functioning of social protection systems
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Weak2016Joint 22nd
Laws Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Level of constitutional protection of the right to food
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Moderate2016Joint 10th
Equality of women’s access to agricultural land
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In Law, not in Practice2014Joint 4th
Equality of women’s economic rights
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In Law, not in Practice2014Joint 1st
Constitutional right to social security
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Yes2006Joint 1st

Nutrition Commitment Index (NCI)

Public Spending Score Year NCI rank of 45
Separate budget for nutrition
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No2017Joint 35th
Policies Score Year NCI rank of 45
Vitamin A supplementation coverage for children
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6%201544th
Government promotes complementary feeding
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Yes2014Joint 1st
Population with access to an improved water source
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68.7%201533rd
Population with access to improved sanitation
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13.9%201541st
Health care visits for pregnant women
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72.7%2013-201438th
Nutrition features in national development policy
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Strong2013-201712th
National Nutrition Policy/Strategy
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Yes2017Joint 1st
Multisector and multistakeholder policy coordination
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Yes2017Joint 1st
Time bound nutrition targets
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Yes2017Joint 1st
National nutrition survey in last 3 years
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Yes2013-2014Joint 1st
Laws Score Year NCI rank of 45
Enshrine ICBMS in domestic law
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Not Enshrined in Law2016Joint 38th