The Malabo Montpellier Panel: High Level Policy Innovation through evidence and dialogue in agriculture

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

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The Malabo Montpellier Panel convenes 17 leading experts in agriculture, ecology, nutrition and food security to guide policy choices by African governments to accelerate progress toward food security and improved nutrition in Africa. The Panel identifies areas of progress and positive change across the continent and assesses what successful countries have done differently. It then identifies the most important institutional innovations and policy and program interventions that can be replicated and scaled up by other countries. The related Malabo Montpellier Forum provides a platform to promote policy innovation by using the evidence produced by the Panel to facilitate dialogue and exchange among high-level decision-makers on African agriculture, nutrition and food security.


Since January 2017, the Malabo Montpellier Panel has published three reports. Nourished: How Africa Can Build a Future Free from Hunger and Malnutrition (September 2017); Mechanized: Transforming Africa’s agriculture value chains (July 2018); and Water-Wise: Smart Irrigation Strategies for Africa (December 2018). The thematic areas covered under these reports tie in closely with the AfDB’s Hi 5 Agenda.

This event co-organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Malabo Montpellier Panel in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, will cover the thematic areas covered under the Panel’s first three reports and bring together members of the Panel to present the key findings and recommendations, and to exchange with the experts at the AfDB. They will also discuss the way forward regarding the appropriation of the outcome of the reports by policy makers and planners in order to inform policy reforms and investments to be supported by the Bank and other Development Partners. Particularly, the discussion will focus on the communication approach followed by the Panel so far and identifies possible improvement if necessary. Finally, during the event, some insights on priority topics for future reports by the Panel will be discussed.

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