Malabo Montpellier Panel Side Event: Policy Innovations for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa, 24 October 2018
The International Food Policy Research Institute is convening the 2018 ReSAKSS Annual Conference, in partnership with the African Union Commission, to promote dialogue on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) implementation agenda among policymakers, development partners, researchers, advocacy groups, farmers’ organizations, the private sector, and other key stakeholders from within and outside Africa.
At 9.00-10.25 on 24 October the Malabo Montpellier Panel will host a side event on ‘Policy Innovations for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa’. During the event, members of the Malabo Montpellier Panel of leading African and international experts on food and agriculture will present its agenda for evidence-based policy advice in Africa, including its report Nourished: How Africa Can Build a Future Free from Hunger & Malnutrition and discuss it in light of the African Union’s policy proposals.
Thanks to the progress of the past couple of decades, African countries have started to reverse trends in poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. The ambitions contained in the Malabo Declaration, the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and global development goals are recognition of the size and complexity of the challenge that still lies ahead. Sustaining the progress to realize the goals of ending extreme poverty and hunger by 2030, and the many other targets anchored within the Malabo Declaration and the Sustainable Development Goals, will require continued improvement in the quality of policy and program design and implementation.
The Malabo Montpellier Panel’s Nourished report takes a systematic country study approach, analyzing which policy decisions were taken to substantially reduce malnutrition levels and to promote healthier and more diverse diets. It also looks at innovation in nutrition to advance these goals, and make the most vulnerable – smallholders and women – more resilient and prosperous in the face of stresses such as urbanization, demographic changes and climate change. The event will highlight the set of policies and practices that the report identifies, which if scaled up, could have significant impact on nutrition, child survival, and development in Africa.