Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security 2013

At this year’s Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security (ADFNS) held on October 30, Partnership for Child Development (PCD) presented Home Grown School Feeding to African and other governments, key agricultural and nutrition stakeholders from global, national, and regional organisations at one of the day’s session entitled, ‘Nutrition for inclusive economic development, programmatic responses, to include nutrition sensitive agriculture’.

Home Grown School Feeding acts as a vehicle for promoting local development and fighting food and nutrition insecurity,” said Professor Josephine Kiamba, Agricultural expert for PCD whilst outlining the multiple benefits of HGSF for social protection, hunger and malnutrition, and market security for farmers.

ADFNS – Towards an African Renaissance 

ADFNS has been held annually since 2010 and this year was the first time it was held in a west African country, the day offers a cross-sectoral platform where food and security stakeholders can review challenges and progress towards food and nutrition security in Africa and can strengthen momentum towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Held in Niamey, Niger this year the day was attended by over 200 participants, key officials including Prime Minister of the Republic of Niger, the Governor of Niamey, the UN Resident Coordinator and the AU Commissioner for Industry and Trade delivered opening speeches.  

Following the official opening, Dr. Wilberforce Mugerwa, Chairman of the Uganda National Planning Authority, presenting on the Cost of Hunger study in Africa (COHA) which was the first time the results of the COHA study for the first four countries were presented at continental level. The day was also preceded by a technical meeting focused on special initiatives on nutrition in the context of the Sahel region. 

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