Innovative interventions presented at the 2020 Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security
The session highlighted three areas where innovation in the delivery of interventions would deliver impact.
Posted on November 5, 2020
Ahead of the commemoration of the 11th Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security (ADFNS), Nutrition International led a Technical Dialogue on October 29. This dialogue examined the potential of innovative interventions to improve food and nutrition security in Africa, discussed the lessons learned from implementing interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and made recommendations to partners and governments to ensure food and nutrition security.
Nutrition International was the team lead for the virtual event, which was held in partnership with the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres (CGIAR), Research Program on Agriculture for Health and Nutrition (A4NH), HarvestPlus, International Potato Center, the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The session highlighted three areas where innovation in the delivery of interventions would deliver impact. Dr. Jackie Kung’u, Regional Advisor Research and Evaluation, Nutrition International Africa, delivered a presentation on innovative strategies around fortification and supplementation. The other presenters were Dr. Namukolo Covic, Research Coordinator at A4NH, who presented strategies for biofortification, and Dr. Victor Owino, Nutrition Specialist, IAEA, who concentrated on monitoring and evaluation tools.
Following the presentations, a second panel brought together speakers from the government and private sector to reflect on challenges or additional opportunities that could be leveraged to ensure more effective implementation of these interventions. Speakers included:
More than 100 participants attended the session, including researchers, food and nutrition security program implementers, government officials, representatives from the private sector and academia. Dr. Richard Pendame, Nutrition International’s regional director for Africa, moderated the panels.
Following the discussions, recommendations emerged for how these innovative ideas could be adapted:
Food systems transformation and biofortification
Staple fortification and supplementation
Innovative monitoring and evaluation to track progress
The recommendations were presented by Dr. Pendame at the 2020 Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security main event on October 30. Some were also included in the ADFNS 2020 communiqué.