Sunday, 28 August 2016

Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA) debuts


... Cohosted by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
1. Background
Recalling the Malabo Declaration and Sustainable Development Goal 2 that aspire to end hunger and improve the nutrition status in the world and particularly in Africa, JICA is pleased to propose that a new framework be established, called "Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA)" to accelerate the international efforts to alleviate hunger and malnutrition on the African continent.
     IFNA emphasizes the importance of several specific values. It focuses on facilitating people-centered and practical activities, through empowerment of women, as well as action-oriented policy enhancement, in order to achieve inclusive nutritional improvement with an impact. It also underscores synergistic outcomes among multi-sectorial activities such as agriculture, health, education, and private sectors. In addition, it stresses the importance of an evidence-based approach to support policymakers to make decisions based on proper monitoring and evaluation. Lastly, it also emphasizes an appropriate coordination between short-term humanitarian interventions and mid/long-term development interventions in order to enhance sustainability and resilience of communities in the African region.
2. Objectives
To serve as the launch of a new initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA), at the same time, to consider how international community can accelerate efforts to alleviate hunger and malnutrition on the African continent.
3. Key Questions
■ How can international community help to accelerate efforts in order to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in the African Continent?
■ What kinds of interventions would be effective to achieve that?
■ How can stakeholders cooperate each other to achieve that?

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