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AKADEMIYA2063, in partnership with AUC, is convening a virtual 2020 ReSAKSS Annual Conference to promote review and dialogue on the role of public policies in ensuring sustainable and resilient agrifood systems and their transformation in Africa. The conference will take place virtually on 3–5 November 2020 under the theme of “Sustaining Africa’s Agrifood System Transformation: The Role of Public Policies.”

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The AU’s Agenda 2063 and the Malabo Declaration have called for the rapid transformation of Africa’s agrifood system. This ambitious agrifood system transformation agenda involves reconciling trade-offs across poverty reduction, food security, nutrition, and environmental goals. At the same time, it has prompted governments to undertake a variety of policy interventions aimed at accelerating agrifood system transformation. Yet, in the face of advancing globalization, rapidly modernizing economies, income growth, dietary changes, and a changing climate, the choice of such policy interventions is not always a simple or once-off decision. National polices need to keep adapting to the changing global landscape and the rising complexity of local economies. The COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on Africa’s agrifood systems have shown the complex policy choices and trade-offs faced by African policymakers.

The 2020 ReSAKSS Annual Conference will bring together state and nonstate actors to deliberate on the key findings and policy recommendations of the ReSAKSS 2020 ATOR. The report 1) reviews how policy regimes have evolved in recent decades, 2) examines the extent to which current policies for agrifood system transformation are aligned to the macroeconomic context and global trade environment, 3) identifies policy gaps and alignments needed to sustain and accelerate agrifood system transformation, and 4) discusses the institutional and political economy factors that are instrumental in shaping new policy choices.

Objectives

More specifically, the conference will allow participants to:

  1. Discuss the research evidence and recommendations presented in the 2020 ATOR on the role of policies in sustaining Africa’s agrifood system transformation;
  2. Review lessons and necessary actions in transforming Africa’s agrifood systems to be more sustainable and resilient;
  3. Examine required actions for effectively rebuilding Africa’s agrifood systems following the COVID-19 pandemic;
  4. Assess progress in promoting mutual accountability through the CAADP Biennial Review (BR) process; and
  5. Evaluate the status of CAADP implementation and progress toward achieving key goals and targets.

Expected outcomes

Expected outcomes of the conference are:

  1. Shared understanding of:
    1. Required policies and actions for sustaining and accelerating Africa’s agrifood system transformation and ensuring sustainable and resilient agrifood systems.
    2. Required commitments and actions for successfully rebuilding Africa’s agrifood systems following the COVID-19 pandemic.
    3. Progress and required next steps in advancing the 2021 CAADP BR process.
    4. Actions needed to fast-track the implementation of CAADP and ensure the achievement of its goals and objectives.
  2. Shared lessons and experiences on:
    1. Africa’s achievements in agricultural policy in recent decades, policy gaps that the continent’s policymakers still need to address, and institutional and political factors that condition the choice of policies for transforming agrifood systems.
    2. Promoting mutual accountability and ensuring that the BR process triggers required actions and policy change to advance the achievement of Malabo Declaration goals and targets.
STRUCTURE

Day 1, Tuesday November 3: The conference will be officially opened in the morning of Day 1 and will feature an overview presentation of the 2020 ATOR, presentations of key chapters, and panel and plenary discussions on the conference theme.

Day 2, Wednesday November 4: The morning of Day 2 will focus on presentations and plenary discussions of the different chapters of the 2020 ATOR. The afternoon will consist of parallel breakout sessions on lessons and actions for transforming agrifood systems to be resilient and sustainable and on required actions for rebuilding agrifood systems after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Day 3, Thursday November 5: The morning of Day 3 will continue with presentations and plenary discussions of the 2020 ATOR including a review of progress in achieving CAADP goals and targets and advancing the 2021 CAADP BR process.

Established in 2020, AKADEMIYA2063 is an Africa-based non-profit organization with headquarters in Kigali, Rwanda and a regional office in Dakar, Senegal. Its mission is to provide data, policy analysis, and capacity strengthening support to enable African Union (AU) member states to achieve economic transformation and shared prosperity in support of AU’s Agenda 2063. AKADEMIYA2063 is the new home of the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) which was previously hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). For more information about AKADEMIYA2063, please visit:
https://akademiya2063.org/

Established in 2006 under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) supports efforts to promote evidence- and outcome-based policy planning and implementation. In particular, ReSAKSS provides data and related analytical and knowledge products to facilitate CAADP benchmarking, review, and mutual learning processes. AKADEMIYA2063 leads the work of ReSAKSS in partnership with the African Union Commission, the African Union Development Agency–NEPAD (AUDA–NEPAD), and leading regional economic communities (RECs).

ReSAKSS helps to inform the CAADP implementation agenda through its flagship Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR). The ATOR, which serves as the official CAADP monitoring and evaluation report, tracks progress on over 30 key CAADP indicators. Each year, the ATOR presents analysis on a feature topic of strategic importance to the CAADP agenda. For more information about ReSAKSS, please visit: https://www.resakss.org/

The African Union Commission (AUC)’s Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) leads efforts to promote sustainable environmental management and agricultural development by boosting African Union Member States’ rural economic development and agricultural transformation by supporting the adoption of measures, strategies, policies and programs on agriculture. Its mandate includes promoting the implementation of Agenda 2063 Continental Frameworks such as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). For more information about AUC-DREA, please visit: https://au.int/en/rea