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Biofortification in Regional Agriculture and Nutrition Policies
October 27, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FARA is organizing a side event entitled ‘Embracing biofortification in national and regional agriculture and nutrition policies and strategies, during the Commemoration of 7th African Day for Food and Nutrition Security (ADNFS). This side event falls within the Sub-theme 4 of the ADNFS i.e. harnessing partnerships for improved child nutrition (through Knowledge support systems, nutrition sensitive food systems, and public Private Partnerships).
The purpose of the side event is to: 1) raise awareness about the Building Nutritious Food Baskets (BNFB) project; 2)engage policy makers and other stakeholders; and 3) discuss how best to mainstream biofortication in regional agricultural and nutrition policies, strategies and investment plans. The expected outputs are: 1) increased awareness on the BNFB project and its potential impact on reducing hidden hunger; 2) better insight into how best to mainstream biofortification in agriculture and nutrition policies; and 3) initial commitments by national and regional actors on how they plan to embrace biofortified crops in their respective policy documents.
The meeting will consist of the following activities: 1)the first session will commence with self-introduction of participants and an opening speech by Executive Director of FARA or his representative and the Convener; 2)a keynote presentation on Biofortication research and the use of biofortified crops in Africa will be presented followed by questions and answers; 3) panel discussion on ‘mainstreaming biofortification in agriculture and nutrition policies: Opportunities and challenges’ followed by questions and answers; 4) discussion on which stakeholders to engage in the platform and which activities to implement in the next few weeks; and 5) an exhibition of BNFB and relevant FARA materials.