Informing Food and Nutrition Security Policy and Practice

21-25 September 2015. Dakar, Senegal. Workshop to determine and agree on entry points for strengthening the agriculture-nutrition nexus in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

This workshop was organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and in collaboration with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control (PACA) and the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD).

Lessons were shared from a number of CTA-commissioned case studies in Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Fiji, Mali, Trinidad and Tobago, Togo and other countries as well as from a continent-wide systematic review of aflatoxin contamination of food commodities in Africa.

The majority of the CTA commissioned rapid scans and country case studies were coordinated by universities which are often left out of food and nutrition security discussions, planning and programme implementation. So far for this year, CTA has commissioned 18 ACP rapid scans on the agriculture-nutrition nexus, in addition to the 10 country case studies on the food and nutrition security situation which were commissioned in 2014. This networking event will add to the evidence base that CTA is building along with its partners, including the university community.

This knowledge will subsequently inform key continental, regional and national policy processes including the update of the Framework for African Food Security (FAFS), one of the pillars of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) as well as the PACA initiative and the CORAF/WECARD Strategic Plan.

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