Nairobi, 24 September, 2023 / 11:25 am (ACI Africa).
The 2023 Africa Food Systems Forum was an important moment for the world's second-largest and second-most populous continent to explore ways of transforming “its food systems”, an official of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) has said.
In a Wednesday, September 20 report shared with ACI Africa, JENA’s Research and Policy Analyst says the September 5-8 event that took place in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, addressed "key challenges", including food security, food value chains, climate change resilience, smallholder empowerment, and youth involvement in agriculture.
"The 2023 Africa Food Systems Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, marked a pivotal moment in the continent's efforts to transform its food systems," says Kevin Okoth Ouko.
Mr. Ouko says delegates at the forum acknowledged the fact that many Africans lack food "despite significant progress in recent years."
"The forum emphasized the need for comprehensive policies and strategies to ensure access to nutritious food for all," he further says, adding that during the forum, representatives of African governments expressed their commitment "to prioritize investments in agriculture, improve infrastructure, and implement targeted nutrition programs."