Food and nutrition security dominated discussions at the just concluded
Senior Policy Seminar hosted by the African Economic Research Consortium
(AERC), in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The two-day conference which held from March 9 to 10, 2020 and was supported
by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, had the theme: ‘Agriculture and Food
Policies for Better Nutrition Outcomes in Africa’.
After the deliberations by the gathering of over 100 African senior
policy makers at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Nigeria, it was concluded that
nutrition-sensitive agriculture should be promoted as a sustainable solution to
the triple burden of malnutrition (undernutrition, overnutrition and
micronutrient deficiency) facing African countries.
Ndung’u, the Executive Director of AERC, in his opening address, emphasised
that the seminar focused on Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition Outcomes
in Africa because agriculture is the main stay of most economies and
contributes to wealth, economic activity, employment and nutrition welfare
outcomes. He added that most policies and
initiatives in this area have tended to focus on, and to target, agricultural
production metrics, and do not directly relate to nutrition outcome and targets
or actual food consumption.
“Global Panel of Agriculture and Food Systems
for Nutrition points out that there is a dearth of quality data to properly
inform policies on nutrition. This has …read more