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Friday, October 30, 2020

Upcoming webinars during the month of November

2 November 2020. Sustainable Livestock for the UN Sustainable Development Goals - Outcomes and directions from latest FAO Committee on Agriculture (COAG27)

2 to 5 November 2020. Global Donor Platform for Rural Development Annual General Assembly (AGA), “Pathways for Food Systems Transformation”. The AGA virtual events will be held over a period of four days, from , through the Zoom platform. The events will be publicly streamed over the internet, and therefore accessible also to those who are not registered.
3-4 November 2020. The Brazil Africa Forum 

3, 10 and 17 November, 2020. AfDB's 4th African Youth Agripreneur Forum

4 November 2020. Assessing predictors and metrics of diet quality in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia: The intersection of agriculture, nutrition, and health

3-5 November 2020. Africa Food Environment Research Network (virtual) Meeting MEALS4NCDs project secretariat at the University of Ghana, objective: Identify current food environment research priorities for Africa.

5 November 2020. Technical Series on the conceptual framework for addressing acute malnutrition in Africa's drylands. Hosted by FAO and Tufts University: Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

5 - 6 November 2020. Regional Consultation Meeting on UN Decade of Family Farming: Formulating strategies and action plan to strengthen smallholder family farmers in South Asia

9th November from 14:00 - 16:00 (GMT) on "Post-crisis lessons from the African Coalitions of Climate Chance". Live translation English/French available.

10 November 2020 Innovative models for undertaking National Agriculture Insurance Scheme. The webinar is being jointly organized by PULA, African Risk Capacity and AGRA.

11 November 2020. Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Lessons from Bangladesh. Organised by IFAD

11-13 November 2020. Paris Peace Forum
12 November 2020. | 10-11 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. EST/15:00 UTC) | Innovation in Irrigation

12 November 2020. Technical Series on the conceptual framework for addressing acute malnutrition in Africa's drylands. Hosted by FAO and Tufts University: Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

12 November 2020. @12:00 - 14:00 (GMT+2). Role of Public Policies in Supporting Innovation for Sustainable Agri-Food System Transformation in the NENA Region

12 November 2020. 13h-14h30 (GMT+1), 15h-16h30 (EAT). CELEP webinar “Pastoralism and conflict – rethinking the phenomenon?”

12 November 2020. COVID-19 and Fertilizer Value Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa: Impacts and Policy Responses (West Africa)

15 November 2020. VCBNetwork ASIA AGRI TECH Challenge 2020. How ICT solutions can support the development of resilient post-COVID19 agricultural value chains/market systems that are more resilient, fair and inclusive.

16 November 2020. Advocating on transformational change for agri-food systems  jointly organized by ACT-Alliance EU, Agroecology Europe, iPES-Food, FiBL and IFOAM Organics International.

16 November 2020. Developing Capacities for Agricultural Innovation Systems: Lessons from Implementing a Common Framework in 8 countries. Organised by: FAO and Agrinatura

17 November 2020. Food & ag trade in the new policy environment: How can WTO members support economic recovery and resilience in Africa? Organised by IFPRI

17 - 18 November 2020. Cultivate Africa. 
This is an event organized by the Africa Union Commission in partnership with Hallpax. The main objective of Cultivate Africa is to unlock a concerted multi-stakeholder partnership toward a sustained and effective response leading to averting potential adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security and nutrition and food systems (production, distribution, trading and market access of agricultural commodities and services).

17 - 18 November 2020. Sustainable Animal Production Systems (SusAn)
Improve the productivity, resilience and competitiveness of European Animal Production
registration closes on 11 November

17-19 November 2020. Financing agricultural water (OECD with FAO)

16 - 20 November 2020. High Level dialogue on realignment towards online teaching and learning in Universities: Learning from each other .The 16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) 

18 November 2020. "Measuring Resilience: Evidence from Nepal, Bangladesh, and Uganda.

18 November 2020. 3:30 – 4:30 PM (Rome Time - CET). Organic matter management (Part 2) Supporting transformative change and transitions towards sustainable agriculture and food systems

  • Background to the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership in FNSSA – European Commission
  • The importance of the AU-EU Research and Innovation Partnership in FNSSA to the African research community – Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  • The ‘Platform’ for the efficient and coherent implementation of the AU-EU Research and Innovation Partnership to be developed by LEAP4FNSSA; Role of the African research community (LEAP4FNSSA Project)
18-19 November 2020. 7th Annual ReNAPRI Stakeholder Conference 2020. The Great Reset: Embedding Resilience into African Agriculture

19 November 2020. 2020 ECHO International Agriculture Conference

19 November 2020. 15:00-16:30 (CET) The opportunities and risks of digital technologies in nutrition behaviour change and capacity building
  • Webinar series - Nutrition in a Digital World Episode 2
  • Building upon UNSCN 45 - Nutrition in the Digital World, published in July 2020. 
  • The event will be recorded and published afterwards. If you missed Episode 1 - The challenges of digital food marketing, the recording and presentations are available on the UNSCN website.
19 November 2020. 12h00-14h00 (GMT) Panel on Innovations and successes in Farmer’s-led businesses and SMEs in Africa - Register here before 18/11

19 November 2020. Webinar on Landesa's land rights education in rural Liberia

This joint-partner organized event is co-led by the World Economic Forum, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Farmers Organization, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Unilever, PepsiCo, Royal DSM, Rabobank, One Young World, Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Wageningen University & Research, and the Government of The Netherlands.
24 - 25 November 2020. 09:00 - 16:30 GMT.  Webinar. FARA General Assembly 2020: Theme – INSTITUTIONS, INVESTMENTS, IMPACT. Organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa and the CAADP-XP4 Partners (CORAF, ASARECA, CCARDESA, NAASRO & AFAAS) 
  • 24/11 Strengthening Partnership for Agricultural Research, Technology and Mutual Accountability: the case of the EU-funded CAADP-XP4 Program: Launch of CAADP-XP4 programme
  • 24/11 Mobilization of stakeholder support and ownership of the Europe-Africa roadmap on Food, Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)
  • 24/11 Unlocking domestic investments to make science and innovation work for agricultural development in Africa: Incl. Mr. Christoph Larose Head of Sector—Sustainable Agriculture, European Commission, DG-DEVCO.

24 - 25 November 2020. “Strategies to invest in human capital in agriculture” to generate evidence about promising investments in farmers’ human capital. (FAO), (IFPRI), and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) will present this one year global study 

24 November 2020. Information Needs for Food Crisis Risk Early Warning: The Role of the Food Security Portal. Organised by IFPRI (Opening remarks - Conrad Rein, Policy Officer, European Commission, and Co-Chair, Global Donor Platform for Rural Development)

24 November 2020. 11:00 – 15:00 (GMT+2)  The United Nations Decade of Family Farming 2019 - 2028. Regional E-Launch in the Near East and North Africa Region 

24 November 2020. 2:00pm to 3:30pm GMT. ‘Leveraging M&E Systems to Improve SBC Programme Performance’ series of webinars on using social and behaviour change (SBC) for improved agriculture and nutrition.
  • GIZ in collaboration with the ANH Academy has prepared for you and your colleagues a series of webinars on using social and behaviour change (SBC) for improved agriculture and nutrition.
  • first four webinars (firstsecondthird and fourth – new!) and view additional resources

25 November 2020. 2-3.15pm (GMT) Food systems of the poor: shaping the agenda for the Food Systems Summit. In the lead up to the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021, this IIED event will discuss how food systems transformation can be relevant for people living in poverty.

25 November 2020, 14:00 to 16:30 (CET) Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women (MDD-W): From Collection to Action (MDD/W). Organised by  FAO Food and Nutrition Division (ESN), together with EU and GIZ. Register here.
  • MDD-W in the context of healthy diets and food system transformation - Ms. Carla Montesi, Director in DG DEVCO (European Commission)
  • Ethiopia: Using MDD-W for EUD programming - Mr. Pierre-Luc Vanhaeverbeke, Nutrition focal point (EUD)
25 November - 3 December 2020. 3rd Global Conference of the One Planet (10YFP) Sustainable Food Systems Programme

26 November 2020. 17:00 SGT (GMT+8) Building Smallholder Capacities in Africa 

26 November 2020. Women Enterprise Development as an Engine for Economic Growth. Register here

26 - 27 November 2020. FACCE-JPI 10 Year Event
  • The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) celebrates its ten year anniversary by engaging in a high-level science-policy discussion. 
  • The aim is threefold, i) highlighting the European societal challenges including the key research concerns, ii) exploring potential new pathways by showcasing the past scientific results, and iii) prioritisation of the science–policy discussion together with the national and European decision makers about the strategic urgencies.

27 November 2020. "Innovation and organization of rural extension systems in Kenya and Argentina" 

30 November to 2 December 2020. South-South Cooperation Forum on Food Security and Agrobiodiversity in times of Covid-19 and Climate Change

1 December 2020. Virtual Event - The New Nutrition Reality: Time to Recognize and Tackle the Double Burden of Malnutrition! Organised by IFPRI

1 December 2020 (4:30-5:30PM - EAT). Transforming Food Systems: Lessons Learned from Global and Local Experience. Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity Webinar
  • The webinar will focus on core elements of food systems, external drivers, and political economy issues that facilitate or impede important changes in food systems. Critical gaps in our knowledge regarding the tradeoffs between targets embedded in the SDGs will be explored and there will also be an extensive discussion of policies that can bring about dramatic changes in food systems. After the presentation, two commenters will reflect on the topic focusing on the Ethiopian context, followed by discussion of audience questions.
  • Incl. Dr. Namukolo Covic - Sr. Research Coordinator, IFPRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
1-2 December 2020. First Biennial Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Stakeholders Conference CAADP-XP4 Organizations (FARA, AFAAS, CORAF, ASARECA, CCARDESA) and Partners (AUDA-NEPAD, FAO, CCAFS, AGNES, CSAYN)

  • The two-part webinar series are looking to increase awareness and understanding of the Horizon 2020 (i.e. H2020) research and innovation programme and opportunities for African organisations. In particular, the webinars will focus on the 'Accelerating the green transition and energy access Partnership with Africa (TOPIC ID: LC-GD-2-3-2020)’ call which is currently open.
  • The first session is mainly aimed at African organisations (e.g. research organisations, start-ups, NGOs, tech-hubs, corporate innovations) interested in learning more about H2020 and application procedures. The second session (i.e. matchmaking) is aimed at European and African organisations looking to connect with potential partners for the Africa Green Deal call. You can participate in one or both sessions.

3 December 2020. Africa Knows! Panel 47 on Agricultural Tertiary and Vocational Education and Training in Africa

9-10 December 2020. Scaling Insights for Sustainable Food Systems.  10/12: ECDPM Sustainability transitions of food systems: A political affair

10-12 December 2020. Virtual APIEXPO AFRICA 2020

8 - 12 February 2021. Committee for Food Security 47

VIRTUAL EVENT: The Farm to Fork Strategy. Cleaning up the EU’s agri food system within and beyond

27 October 200
. The Farm to Fork Strategy. Cleaning up the EU’s agri food system within and beyond

The spread of COVID-19 has shown the vulnerabilities of the EU’s food supply chains. These weaknesses have tremendous implications in terms of health, environmental protection and human development, while causing negative externalities in third and developing countries. 

In this context, in May 2020, the European Commission published its Farm to Fork Strategy, a very ambitious document that is at the heart of the European Green Deal and that aims to lead transition towards more sustainable food systems within and outside of the Union. 

On the one hand, the implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy will be crucial to make the EU’s food systems more resilient, by reducing their environmental footprint while promoting more sustainable and healthy diets. On the other hand, since the EU is the biggest importer and exporter of agri-food products and the largest seafood market in the world, it is likely that the Strategy will produce significant impacts on third countries. Hence, making the EU’s agri food chain more sustainable and fairer is a key challenge and opportunity to drive for change both at the regional and global level.

The event allowed the audience to look at the Strategy through broader lenses and to grasp the spill-over effects that its implementation can generate at the external level, in line with the goals set in the UN Agenda 2030.

This event was co-organised in collaboration with the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG), which is a network of European independent think tanks working on EU international cooperation for global sustainable development.
  • Leonard Mizzi - Head of Unit C.1 Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, DG DEVCO
  • Alisa Tiganj - Policy Analyst, Unit C.1 DG AGRI
  • Daniele Fattibene - Research Fellow, The Institute of International Affairs (IAI)
  • Giulia Lagana - Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI)
  • Gerda Verburg - Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and UN Assistant Secretary-General
  • Pierre-Marie Aubert - Coordinator, European Agriculture Initiative, Institut du Dรฉveloppement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI)
19 October 2020. Council prioritises actions for sustainable food systems: conclusions on the farm to fork strategy
The Council adopted a set of conclusions on the farm to fork strategy, endorsing the goal of developing a European sustainable food system, from production to consumption. 
The unanimous decision reached is a crucial signal and a clear commitment to a sustainable and economically viable agri-food sector. For the first time, the entire food system is taken into account as a whole – from producers to consumers. It is a solid starting point and we are looking forward to working altogether the coming years towards a truly sustainable and fair food system in Europe and beyond.  Julia Klรถckner, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture of Germany
The conclusions entail a two-fold political message from the member states: ensure sufficient and affordable food while contributing to EU climate neutrality by 2050 and ensuring a fair income and strong support for primary producers.
REAFFIRMS the EU's commitment to global cooperation on sustainable food systems with due respect for the different challenges worldwide and ENCOURAGES the inclusion of sustainable food systems as an objective of the EU external policies and the inclusion of specific chapters on sustainable food systems in all new alliances and agreements with all partners. REAFIRMS the importance of the EU's support for sustainable African rural development and, in this respect, RECALLS the declaration of the third conference of agricultural ministers from the African Union and European Union”

10th Annual Indigenous Traditional Food & Seed Fair - Uganda

30 October 2020Indigenous Food and Seed Fair happening - organised by PELUM. 

Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Association is a regional network of over 250 civil society organizations in 12 countries in East, Central and Southern Africa working in the area of participatory ecological land use management. The Association works to improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and the sustainability of farming communities, by fostering ecological land use management. Country chapters include Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland and Ethiopia.

You can download the Strategic Plan (2017-2021) or read the PELUM Uganda Brochure or The PELUM Uganda Case Statement for more details



29 October 2020. 2nd National Agroecology Actors' Symposium 2020 here at Silver Springs Hotel, Bugolobi.

The guest of honor and FAO country representative, Mr. Antonio Querido officially opened the 2nd National Agroecology Actors' Symposium 2020.

Keynote Presentation: Agroecology for healthy indigenous plants and consumers - Dr. Fred Kabi, Senior Lecturer, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Makerere University

Panel discussion
  • Dr Fred Kabi,Makerere University
  • Hon. Francis Gonahasa, Parliament of Uganda
  • Hakim Baliraine, ESAFF Uganda
  • Mr. Alex Bambona, Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
  • Moderated by: Odongotho
Regional experience sharing sessions: 
Central, Northern (Lango and Acholi), Eastern (Busonga,
Bugisu and Karamoja), Western (Ankole, Kigezi and Rwenzori)-Live broadcast showing various
indigenous foods and seed

Food Fair

The major objective of the food fair was to showcase the actual and potential contribution of agroecology on indigenous plant health, conservation of agricultural biodiversity and food sovereignty of smallholder farming communities and Uganda at large.
  1. To showcase different agroecological practices, indigenous and traditional foods and seeds from different Ugandan societies, their preservation, preparation, innovation/ value addition and consumption.
  2. To create awareness on the value of indigenous/ traditional food systems, agroecology and their contribution in strengthening the resilience capacity of smallholder farming communities to climate change related stresses, pandemics (such as COVID-19) and other biotic and abiotic stresses
  3. To provide a platform for dialogue and experience sharing on the policy frameworks, benefits, current threats and challenges faced by agroecology and strategies to promote them.
PELUM TALK SHOW: Strategies for scaling up agroecology in Uganda

This video depicts the theme 'sharing communities' under which the Green Action Week 2020 was commemorated. During the event, a community seed bank bank was launched with one of PELUM Uganda's member organisation - MPIFA.

Meet Joseph. Joseph cares about his fellow farmers who are finding that expensive seeds are preventing them from being able to plant sustainably during harvest. Joseph gave up his own building to be refurbished as a community seed bank to help each other as well as help the environment.

“๐™„ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™™๐™จ ๐™–๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ…๐™œ๐™ค ๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ, [๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™] ๐™–๐™›๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™—๐™ค๐™ง๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™š๐™™ ๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™™ ๐™—๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ , ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™๐™š๐™ก๐™ฅ ๐™ˆ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™œ๐™ž ๐™™๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ž๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™œ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฌ.” – Joseph Mukasa

PELUM Uganda wanted to share a story that showed it was possible to revive traditional seed sharing between community members in a way that improves farmers’ access to quality and diverse seeds and leads to more resilient and self-reliant communities. They wanted to make it personal and relateable, so they chose to show it through interviewing one person at one community seed bank, taking photographs of the process to create the seed bank and then coming back later in the week to photograph the seed bank in action, being used by the community.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

WEBINARS: addressing acute malnutrition in Africa's drylands

22 October 2020. Addressing acute malnutrition in Africa's drylands - Hosted by FAO and Tufts University: Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Objective: To highlight and promote understanding of the seasonal and inter annual variability in climate, environment and ecology of drylands and implications for the underlying drivers of acute malnutrition, the seasonality of wasting and disease and on international action.
  • Hon. Mohammed Elmi, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Government of Kenya
  • Anastasia Marshak, Researcher, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
  • Elena Naumova, Professor and Chair of the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Sciences, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
  • Hussein Sulieman, Professor and Director of the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems, University of Gadarif, Sudan
  • Moderator: Saverio Krรคtli, Researcher Specializing on Pastoralism, editor of Nomadic Peoples, the journal of the ‘Commission on Nomadic Peoples’ of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Studies (IUAES)


5 November 2020. Technical Series on the conceptual framework for addressing acute malnutrition in Africa's drylands. Hosted by FAO and Tufts University: Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

11th Africa-day food and nutrition security


The African Union Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA), the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and partners have been collaborating to organise the commemoration of the 11th Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security (ADFNS) via video link on 30th October 2020.

The Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security (ADFNS) was declared in July 2010 by the African Union Heads of State and Government at the 15th Ordinary Session of the AU Summit in Kampala, Uganda tugged as Decision “Assembly/AU/Dec.327(XV)”. This decision was made in the wake of unacceptably persistent food insecurity epitomized by chronic malnutrition on the continent. A side event convened in the margins of this Summit under the banner “Africa must feed itself. No child should go to bed hungry”, came out with a bold recommendation for setting aside a day that sets light on the centrality of food and nutrition security in Africa’s development agenda.

The ADFNS has so far been successfully commemorated ten times following its launch in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 31st October 2010. Successive editions of the Day were hosted by Ethiopia, AU Headquarters, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ghana, Cรดte d’Ivoire, Tanzania and Egypt.

Purpose and Objectives
  • The main aim of commemorating the 2020 ADFNS is to motivate an appreciation of the underlying benefits and potential that investment in resilient food systems can create. It is also hoped that the event will generate a momentum toward implementation of continental, regional and national food and nutrition policy and, in particular, to:
  • To act as a one-stop shop for sharing experiences, lessons and motivating commitments and action toward investing in and sustaining the different food systems so that they create optimum impact on food and nutrition security across the continent and then achievements of the Malabo 2025 ending hunger by 2025 goal and MDG 2.
  • To raise awareness and generate an appreciation of the short and long term benefits of making food systems to become resilient in the face of emerging and recurrent emergencies riddling the continent.
  • To act as a platform for exploring, recommending and advocating for practical toward mitigating and preventing malnutrition in emergencies
  • To stimulate action by all key stakeholders toward investing in application of science in agricultural, livestock and aquaculture production that lead to improved nutrition and health outcomes.
  • To produce strategic directions for improving capacities (technical, institutional, managerial and financial) for delivering on food systems-based initiatives.
  • To raise the awareness of available opportunities of harnessing science in agriculture for improved livelihoods of refugees and IDPs.
This ceremonial event was preceded by 180-minute Technical Dialogue on 29th October 2020, which was informed by the theme: “Resilient Food Systems toward Healthy Diets for the Vulnerable during Emergencies: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic”

Sub-theme 1: Building and sustaining resilient food systems in Africa (led by FARA)

Panel 1: Foresight for strengthening resilience of Africa’s Food System
  • Mr. Martin Bwalya, AUDA-NEPAD
  • Mr. Jim Woodhill, Board
  • Member, Foresight4Food
  • Julius Gatune, DeKUT
  • Dr. Abdulrazak Ibrahim, FARA
Panel 2: Deployment of science, technology and Innovation to mitigate impact of COVID-19 on
Africa’s food system
  • Abdulai Jalloh, CORAF
  • Hambani Masheleni , AUC-HRST
  • Dr. Bing Zhao, Food Systems
  • Coordinator, WFP
  • Dr. Rose Omari, CSIR-Ghana
  • Christoph Larose, EC
Sub-theme 2: Scaling-up toward mitigating and preventing chronic malnutrition during and after the Covid-19 Pandemic (led by UNICEF)

Setting the scene 
  • Effect of COVID on malnutrition in Africa and emerging lessons on building and scaling up resilient food systems in COVID including gender dimensions Ms. Chriatiane Rudert, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Nutrition Adviser 
  • Continental framework for nutrition response Ms. Bibi Giyose, Head of Nutrition, AUDA-NEPAD 
Experience sharing on: building resilience food and nutrition systems. 
  • Building resilient food systems including use appropriate technology - Ms. Joyce Maru, Program Coordinator, Sweet Potato Program International Potato Center (CIP) 
  • Scaling up essential nutrition actions including health and WASH - Dr Felix Phiri, Director Nutrition, HIV and AIDS, Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS, Malawi Ministry of Health 
  • Social protection systems and interventions  - Ms. Magdalena MOSHI, WFP
Sub-theme 3: Leveraging evidence-based innovative interventions to create impact in food and nutrition security (led by Nutrition International)
  • Dr. Namukolo Covic, Senior Research Coordinator, A4NH 
  • Dr Jacqueline Kungรบ, 
  • Dr Victor Owino, 
  • Prof Waliou Amousa Hounkpatin
Sub-theme 4: Promoting traditional and indigenous knowledge to enrich Africa’s diets and food systems (Co-led by AUDA-NEPAD and FAO-Regional Office for Africa)

Panel 1 The State of FNS in the World – The Role of Indigenous Foods in eliminating hunger and all forms of malnutrition 
  • Mphumuzi Sukati,Senior Nutrition Officer, FAORAF 15:25-15:35 3. 
Panel 2 Continental perspective on the use of indigenous foods 
  • Kefilwe Rhoba Moalosi, Project Manager – Nutrition, AUDA/NEPAD 

VIRTUAL EVENT: Investment Costs and Policy Action Opportunities for Reaching a World Without Hunger (SDG 2)

29-30 October 2020. "What does it take to end hunger and how much will it cost?"

October 29 / Investment Costs and Policy Action Opportunities for Reaching a World Without Hunger (SDG 2)
This study reviews the food security situation and change therein in light of recent developments, including COVID-19. It also analyses to which extent G7 countries responded to the challenge and their commitment in terms of development assistance and outlines promising investment opportunities to meet the 2030 targets.

Related literature:

October 30 / From Potentials to Reality: Transforming Africa’s Food Production

Africa has the potential to secure its supply of food for affordable and healthy diets from the sustainable

use of its own resources, but significant investments and policies are needed to transform this potential into reality. This study highlights a number of priority areas for investments, cooperation and policies to increase the supply and distribution of food from African crop, livestock, agro-forestry and fisheries production.

Related literature:
Related Webinar: 
At the conference "A World Without Hunger is Possible - What to Do" on October 13, the scientists and German Development Minister presented the results of two new studies, including those of Cornell University, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute and ZEF.

GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World - One Health

 28-29 October 2020. GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World - One Health

28/10/2020 Plenary: One World One Health: setting the scene and the mood

This participatory plenary was framed around the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the Paris climate goals and the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, all of which call on the global community to ‘bend the curve’ on these critical issues. Key global policy makers, scientists as well as business and community leaders informed the audience about plans in place for the new decade, and engaged in critical discussion. They explored how the new policy frameworks can spark a vivid societal dialogue, consolidate next steps and pave the way for direct global action from individuals, civil society, local authorities and the global business community.

28/10/2020 Harnessing the Power of Nature: Building Resilient Food Systems Through Greater Agrobiodiversity

The session envisaged what the next steps should be for SDG 2.5 in the post-2020 Agenda. Where do we go from here? It will seek to demonstrate why agrobiodiversity is essential to ensure food and nutrition security for current and future global populations. The greater the diversity, the more resilient the system. Protecting crops and livestock from pests and disease, and ensuring they have improved resistance to increasing climatic shocks is essential. But how do we get there?

Thought leaders in biodiversity: Building trust in the future 

While the world seems to get further entangled in a web of concurrent crises, there are a growing number of leaders and experts who are sparking new hope and trust in the future. GLF took the effort to find the experts sharing their visions on the state of biodiversity and gathered them in a single digital space to share their inspirational knowledge. 
  • Carole Dieschbourg Minister for the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development of Luxembourg 
  •  Robert Nasi Director General, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Managing Director, CIFOR-ICRAF 
  • Stefan Schmitz Executive Director, Crop Trust 
  • Gilbert F. Houngbo President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 
  • Bรฅrd Vegar Solhjell Director General, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Norad 
  • Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting 
  • Jennifer Morgan Executive Director, Greenpeace Galina Angarova Executive Director, Cultural Survival