Food and nutrition security (FNS) is high on the global policy agenda and is of special significance for the African, Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) region. Several pathways have been identified for achieving the desired FNS outcomes which include; policy harmonization, political will, multidisciplinary research, technological and social innovation, multi-sectoral cooperation and collaboration, capacity building and development, gender equality, women’s empowerment and local/national ownership. However, it is a combination of the various options within a given context; national, regional, international, which will yield tangible results. Multiple disciplines and stakeholders drawn from the public and private sectors, civil society organizations and the wider society must be engaged.
CTA works with a wide range of stakeholders; academic and research institutes, policy related bodies, farmers’ organizations, extension and advisory services and youth and women’s groups in the generation of context-specific knowledge for informing policy processes as well as in the development and implementation of strategies and programmes in support of the attainment of food and nutrition security (FNS) goals.
The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency), as the technical arm of the African Union is a key stakeholder with sub-Saharan Africa facing unacceptable high levels of undernourishment and under-nutrition. The Agency is committed to working with partners in implementing the 2014 Malabo Declarations on:
1. CAADP and Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods; and
2. Nutrition Security for Inclusive Economic Growth and Sustainable Development. These two declarations clearly establish the agriculture and nutrition linkages.
Against the background above, the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) and CTA are organising a ‘Ghana National Workshop on the Agriculture and Nutrition Nexus’; to be held in Accra at the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Ghana, Legon, on 20 November, 2015.
The purpose of this National Workshop is to:
1. Have experienced practitioners (think tanks) deliberate on the Food and Nurition Security situation in Ghana today; determine/agree on the gaps and design a results framework on the way forward
2. Identify and document successful (and unsuccessful) interventions; such as the uptake and scaling-out of research outputs; current actors in Ghana that are implementing innovative/technological social and economic programmes in food and nutrition security; as well as the reasons for their successes and failures.
3. Discuss the possibility of advocating, by evidence-based dialogue, for a joint food and nutrition security policy (FNS Policy) that would push for greater investments in science and innovation;including higher education and extension for increasing productivity, food quality and safetyas well as increased awareness and practice of safe use of agrochemicals, improved storage practices, marketing opportunities, and greater consumption and value addition of locally available diverse, nutrient-dense foods and for building resilience of the agri-food systems.Such a FNS Policy would also strengthen the integration ofnutrition into the NEPAD initiated National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs).
4. Provide other knowledge and practices/innovations that could feed into Ghanaian, CTA and NEPAD programmes
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