Improving food and nutrition security in ACP
There is a pressing need to improve the FNS situation across ACP countries. Governments need evidence to guide their decisions on public investment, support their efforts to attract private sector investment, and ensure that research and advisory services benefit smallholder farmers, especially women and youth as well as small and medium-sized agro-enterprises.
CTA is committed to working with other organisations to generate and validate such evidence. For instance, CTA has been supporting ACP universities to get more involved in FNS policy processes and programmes. Strengthening the links between agriculture and nutrition is a key intervention area, and the Dakar workshop was a valuable networking opportunity to achieve this end.
Key workshop partners
Specialists from key strategic partner organisations were represented at the Dakar workshop, including:
• NEPAD Agency – is committed to working with African governments and institutions to achieve the 2014 Malabo targets to end hunger and reduce stunting by 10% by 2025.
• PACA – aims to control levels of aflatoxin contamination in Africa and reduce risks to human health and trade
• CORAF/WECARD – has adopted food, nutrition and health as one of its cross-cutting themes for its 2014-2018 operational programme in West and Central Africa
• RUFORUM – has committed the regional university network to support the African Union's 2063 vision for a well-nourished population.
During the early stages of the workshop, participants reviewed the results generated from the studies across the ACP region, all commissioned by CTA, namely:
• Case studies on FNS in selected ACP countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Fiji, Kenya, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago), and on the agriculture–nutrition nexus in Cameroon, Mali and Togo.
• An Africa-wide systematic review of existing literature on aflatoxin contamination of major food commodities, conducted by the University of Nairobi.
Using evidence to inform policy and programmes
After considering the new evidence, participants discussed how this data can be used to strengthen policies and programmes on FNS and agriculture–nutrition in the ACP region. For instance, NEPAD’s Framework for African Food Security, which is linked to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), is due for updating soon: the implications of the data for the new version and the role of universities in supporting the process were discussed. The new evidence will also inform the work of PACA and CORAF/WECARD. In addition, CTA’s programme, planned activities and partnership approach for strengthening systems to optimise agriculture and nutrition outcomes (SSOANO) were presented.
During its final sessions the workshop became a 'write-shop', enabling those concerned to work together on:
• A CTA-commissioned book on FNS in selected ACP countries, focusing in particular on the role of universities in supporting countries to address this challenge through their teaching, research and outreach.
• The key elements and timeline for updating NEPAD's Framework for African Food Security to include nutrition.
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- CORAF/WECARD Strategic Plan 2007–2016
- Framework for joint action by the European Union, FAO, the World Bank Group and CTA on "Agriculture and nutrition: A common future”
- Synthesis of the Malabo Declaration on African Agriculture and CAADP
- CAADP Pillar III Framework for African Food Security
- PACA Strategy
- Judith Francis, CTA senior programme coordinator for science and technology policy: "CTA: Building the evidence base: Strengthening the agriculture-nutrition nexus".
- Florence Fonteh Anyangwe, Associate Professor, University of Dschang, Cameroon: "Building the evidence base for strengthening the agriculture-nutrition nexus: the case of Cameroon".
- Isatou Jallow, Head of the food security and nutrition programme, NEPAD Agency: "African Agenda 2063, the Africa We Want".
- Dr. Aboubakar Njoya, Director of Research and Innovations CORAF/WECARD: "Informing Food and Nutrition in West and Central Africa".
- Isatou Jallow, Head of the food security and nutrition programme, NEPAD Agency: "The Malabo Declarations on Agriculture, CAADP and Nutrition Security".
- Dr Sokona Dagnoko, CTA Consultant: "Building the evidence base for strengthening the agriculture-nutrition nexus: the case of Mali".
- Ezekiel Chibundu, Technical Advisor, Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA): "Strategic Priorities for an Aflatoxin-free Africa".
- Dr Mahamadou Elhadji Gounga, Faculty of Agronomy and Environmental Sciences, University of Maradi, Niger: "Building the evidence base for strengthening the agriculture-nutrition nexus: the case of Niger" (only available in French).
- Dr. Newton Nyairo and Dr. Eric Bett, Kenyatta University, Kenya: "Status of food and nutrition security in Kenya".
- Joyce Kinabo and Abel Kaaya, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania: "Building the evidence base for strengthening the agriculture-nutrition nexus: the case of Tanzania".
- Dr Jimaima Lako, University of the South Pacific, Fiji "Status of Food and Nutrition Security in Fiji: Role of the University and Lessons Learnt".
- Presentation by Prof Mamoudou Dicko, University of Ouagadougou and Dr Salimata Sondo-Pousga, Polytechinc University of Bobo Dioulasso on behalf of Prof Hamidou Boly, NPCA/AET coordinator, South Africa: "Status of food and nutrition security in Burkina Faso".
- Dr Tala Gueye and Prof. Saliou Ndiaye, ENSA, University of Thiès, Senegal: "Status of food and nutrition security in Senegal" (only available in French).
- Enoch Achigan-Dako, Nadia Fanou Fogny, Olivier Bello, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin: "Status of food and nutrition security in Benin".
- Dr Agbeko Kodjo Tounou, University of Lome, Togo: "Evaluation d'impact des plateformes d'innovation lait de vache et maïs QPM sur la sécurité alimentaire et untritionnelle des ménages bénéficiaires au Togo" (only available in French).