Knowledge for a sustainable world

The International Seminar on Food and Nutrition Security in Africa will take place on Monday 25th January 2021, starting at 1300GMT and ending at 1530.

Further details, including how to register online, will follow soon.

This seminar hosted by NRI under its Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (FaNSI), provides an occasion for sharing recent thinking and research insights on the challenges and potential solutions relating to food and nutrition security in Africa.

Food and nutrition security are major challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. The latest data (FAO 2020), show that there are 256 million undernourished people in Africa. Indications are that progress is too slow to meet the nutrition targets that form part of the Sustainable Development Goals monitoring framework. There are many issues that contribute to this, including conflict and state fragility, climate extremes and economic slowdowns and downturns.

Developing our food systems is critical to improved nutrition, protection of the environment and economic growth. Sustainable agricultural intensification and reducing food loss and waste have important roles to play. Furthermore, as FAO (2020) reports, sustained economic growth is not enough; reducing inequalities, including gender-based and spatial inequalities, is essential to strengthening household resilience, contributing to inclusive growth, reducing food insecurity and tackling the multiple forms of malnutrition.

In 2019, Research England made an investment in the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich to fund its Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (FaNSI) under the Expanding Excellence in England Programme. This investment supports a food systems approach to food and nutrition security with specific emphasis on climate change, food loss and waste, sustainable agricultural intensification and food-based approaches to improved nutrition. This involves collaboration with a number of partner organisations in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.

The seminar on the 25 January will present recent thinking and commentary on the challenges and potential solutions to Food and Nutrition Security in Africa.

Details of the seminar programme, speakers and instructions for registration will be circulated soon.

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