Achieving a Nutrition Revolution for Africa: The Road to Healthier Diets and Optimal Nutrition

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), is convening the 2016 ReSAKSS Annual Conference to promote review and dialogue on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) implementation agenda among state and nonstate actors.

This year’s conference centers on nutrition, an area that has gained increasing attention and momentum across Africa. Recent AUC initiatives include the CAADP Nutrition Initiative, the Africa Region Nutrition Strategy 2015–2025 (ARNS 2015–2025), the Africa Task Force on Food and Nutrition Development, the African Union (AU) 2014–2017 Strategic Plan, the African Union Agenda 2063, and the 2014 Malabo Declaration. In addition, 37 out of 57 countries involved in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement are African. The CAADP process has included efforts by countries—led by the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and other development partners—to mainstream nutrition in national agriculture and food security investment plans. And country-level SUN and CAADP teams are expected to work collaboratively toward improved nutrition.

These and other efforts have resulted in some progress on increasing agricultural investment and on improving nutrition indicators such as child stunting and wasting—but if African countries are to meet the Malabo Declaration targets of reducing child stunting to 10 percent and child underweight to 5 percent by 2025, the pace of progress will need to be accelerated.

Therefore, the 2016 ReSAKSS Annual Conference will bring together state and nonstate actors to deliberate on key findings of the latest ReSAKSS Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR), which examines challenges and opportunities for linking agriculture and food systems to nutrition. Specifically, the conference and the report seek to broaden understanding of the current nutrition situation in Africa with respect to indicators of relevance to the CAADP implementation agenda. How can the various initiatives be better leveraged for more rapid progress on nutrition in support of Africa’s development agenda? How can the challenges be addressed to enable Africa to meet the nutrition targets it has set for itself?

The conference will allow policymakers, researchers, advocacy groups, farmers’ organizations, the private sector, development partners, and other key stakeholders from within and outside of Africa to

  1. discuss issues and recommendations raised in the 2015 ATOR—the official CAADP monitoring and evaluation report;
  2. review progress in implementing the CAADP agenda and in particular progress toward achieving key CAADP goals and targets as well as in creating capacities and adopting effective modalities for evidence-based policy planning and implementation; and
  3. evaluate progress and challenges in establishing and operationalizing effective country Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (SAKSS) platforms and mutual accountability platforms through agriculture joint sector reviews (JSRs).

To learn more about the conference, its objectives and expected outcomes, please read the conference Concept Note.