Malabo Montpellier Panel unveils practical guide to accelerate progress towards creating sustainable and resilient food systems

  

AKADEMIYA2063


The Malabo Montpellier Panel at AKADEMIYA2063 (www.AKADEMIYA2063.org) recently concluded the 9th edition of the biannual Malabo Montpellier Forum (https://bit.ly/3rykPXW) to offer a roadmap of policy innovations for food systems transformation, building resilience and adapting to climate change. The 9th Meeting of the Malabo Montpellier Forum set out to promote stakeholder dialogue against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasingly frequent and extreme climate change related weather events across the continent. Following the UN Food Systems Summit and the recently concluded COP26, the virtual Forum unveiled Recipes for success: policy innovations to transform Africa’s food systems and build resilience (https://bit.ly/3ol5tUI), a report summarizing seven of the Panel’s reports and over 50 country analyses published between 2017 and 2020, with renewed stakeholder appetite to absorb and implement the evidence-based guide for sustainable food systems transformation. With the continent poised to host COP27 next year, and amid the just ended Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (https://bit.ly/3GelXEb), now is the time to align the goals and ambitions of the continent’s food systems transformation and climate change agendas.  

“There is no greater urgency right now than to redouble efforts to implement the Malabo agenda and accelerate progress towards successful transformation of our food systems,” said Dr. Ousmane Badiane, AKADEMIYA2063 Executive Chairperson and Malabo Montpellier Panel Co-Chair. “Significant advances have been achieved over the last couple of decades, yet, there is worrying evidence that the pace of progress had reduced significantly, even prior to the pandemic: slowing economic and agricultural rates of growth, stagnating shares of public expenditure in agriculture, increasing rates of poverty and hunger after two decades of steady decline. To reverse course and return to a trajectory of faster growth and improving living conditions requires continuity of effort and consistency of action across a number of policy areas. This current report provides a practical, evidence-based guide to do just that, drawing from proven lessons on the ground from best performing African countries in terms of progress towards ending hunger and transforming food systems,” he said.

Recipes for success: policy innovations to transform Africa’s food systems and build resilience is not just a title of the volume released during the Forum; it captures our mission and strategy at the Malabo Montpellier Panel,” said Prof. Joachim von Braun, Malabo Montpellier Panel Co-Chair from the Center for Development Research, Bonn University in Germany. “We like to learn from successes, but we do take note of problems. The seven themes addressed in the monograph – nutrition, irrigation, mechanization, trade, digitization, energy, and livestock, are cornerstones of a well-functioning food system. But we do not treat them in isolation; we connect them to systems issues.  Going forward, the true costs of food need to be identified and considered; the costs of   malfunctioning food systems to public health and the environment must come down everywhere, notably in Africa. What we need are sustainable, efficient food systems that deliver on the African Union Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

The convening ended with a resounding call to action from Malabo Montpellier Forum Co-Chair, H.E. Assia Bensalah Alaoui, Ambassador-at-large of His Majesty Mohamed VI King of Morocco.

“The centrality of food systems transformation and its multiple interconnections with key areas for the sustainability of mankind will offer more opportunities to our youth and populations at large, because they will stay on our continent and contribute with their talent to the transformation of Africa and the implementation of Agenda 2063,” she said.

The 9th Malabo Montpellier Forum attracted 120 attendees from over 50 organizations, including senior government representatives (https://bit.ly/3pkl85T) from nine African countries and featuring over 22 high-level speakers (https://bit.ly/31qvoB8), seven fireside chats and one high-level policy roundtable discussion.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of AKADEMIYA2063.

Media Inquiries:
Dr. Layih Butake
Director, Communication and Outreach, AKADEMIYA2063
Lbutake@akademiya2063.org

About The Malabo Montpellier Panel:
The Malabo Montpellier Panel convenes 16 leading experts in agriculture, engineering, ecology, nutrition, and food security. Its aim is to facilitate policy choices by African governments in order to accelerate progress toward food security and improved nutrition. The Panel identifies areas of progress and positive change across the continent and assesses what successful countries have done differently. It identifies the institutional and policy innovations and program interventions that can best be replicated and scaled by other countries. The related Malabo Montpellier Forum provides a platform to promote policy innovation; it uses the evidence produced by the Panel to facilitate dialogue among high-level decision-makers on African agriculture, nutrition, and food security.

The Malabo Montpellier Panel is jointly facilitated by AKADEMIYA2063, University of Bonn, and Imperial College London. For more information, visit www.AKADEMIYA2063.org; www.MaMoPanel.org.

Send us your press releases to pressrelease.zawya@refinitiv.com


© Press Release 2021

Disclaimer: The contents of this press release was provided from an external third party provider. This website is not responsible for, and does not control, such external content. This content is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis and has not been edited in any way. Neither this website nor our affiliates guarantee the accuracy of or endorse the views or opinions expressed in this press release.

The press release is provided for informational purposes only. The content does not provide tax, legal or investment advice or opinion regarding the suitability, value or profitability of any particular security, portfolio or investment strategy. Neither this website nor our affiliates shall be liable for any errors or inaccuracies in the content, or for any actions taken by you in reliance thereon. You expressly agree that your use of the information within this article is at your sole risk.

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, this website, its parent company, its subsidiaries, its affiliates and the respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, advertisers, content providers and licensors will not be liable (jointly or severally) to you for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, incidental, punitive or exemplary damages, including without limitation, lost profits, lost savings and lost revenues, whether in negligence, tort, contract or any other theory of liability, even if the parties have been advised of the possibility or could have foreseen any such damages.


More From Press Releases