The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on 29 September offers an opportune moment to discuss the importance of aligning various targets, goals and ambitions on food, climate and the environment as governments face intense – and competing - pressure on their budgets.
At the policy level, the recent Malabo Montpellier Panel report - Connecting The Dots: Policy Innovations for Food Systems Transformation in Africa - recommends evidence-based and guided experimentation and innovation of policies and accelerated science capacity for technical solutions supporting broad and sustainable food systems change.
Furthermore, there is a need to rethink land use and farming practices, re-envision the value chain and reimagine a food system that has people and nature at its center.
To do so, WWF recommends the adoption of integrated land use planning that builds on the synergies between healthy ecosystems and healthy people, the optimization of the interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment; it also stresses the importance of harnessing data and innovation and to re-examine the relationship between cities and the food needs of rapidly growing urban populations across the African continent.
In line with these recommendations, The Malabo Montpellier Panel in collaboration with WWF Zambia and the World Resources Institute will be convening a dialogue to discuss policy options for African governments to achieve a sustainable food and land use systems transformation.