A Platform to Facilitate Policy Innovation Through Exchange and Mutual Learning Among Leaders on Agricultural Growth and Food Security
On December 12, 2018 H.E Abdoulaye Bio Tchané, Minister of State for Planning and Development of the Republic of Benin, and The Right Honorable Saulos Klaus Chilima, Vice President of the Republic of Malawi co-chaired the first meeting of The Malabo Montpellier Forum in Cotonou, Benin. The Forum convened high-level decision-makers from African countries and international development partners to discuss strategies for beating hunger and malnutrition in Africa and was guided by the Malabo Montpellier Panel report: Nourished: How Africa Can Build A Future Free From Hunger & Malnutrition
The Right Honorable Saulos Klaus Chilima said: “We are delighted to host the inaugural meeting of The Malabo Montpellier Forum in Benin. The African Union and Malabo Declaration have set us some clear goals, including to increase agricultural productivity, halve poverty, and end hunger. In order to successfully meet these targets, it will be crucial to work together.”
Several African countries have been able to reduce malnutrition significantly in the last decade, proving that the fight against malnutrition can be won. However, in sub-Saharan Africa undernourishment affected 224 million people in 2016, accounting for 25 percent of undernourished people in the world. In order to stop this suffering, it is crucial that learn lessons from countries that are making progress in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
Abdoulaye Bio Tchané said: “This Forum is one of the only high-level platforms in Africa dedicated to dialogue and exchange on critical issues of food security and agricultural growth. It is a brilliant way to share what works, why and how."
Senegal, Ghana Rwanda reduced the number of undernourished people and wasted and stunted children by more than 50% between 2000 and 2016, according to the Global Hunger Index, while Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Togo achieved reductions of more than 40%.
What did they do right? What are the policy, institutional and programmatic innovations that made the progress possible? These and related questions were the focus of the first MaMo Forum.