The AGRF Summit 2021 (running Sept 6-10) is exploring  the pathways and actions needed to steer the African continent towards food systems that:

The session “Africa’s Solutions towards safe and nutritious food for all” sought to identify innovations and strategies that are helping Africa improve the availability, access and affordability of nutrient rich food that is sustainably produced. During the discussions, mechanisms for scaling up of these successful innovations and strategies were highlighted.

Mrs. Nane Annan, Board Member & Nutrition Advocate, Kofi Annan Foundation, at the opening plenary stated that: “46 million people are affected by hunger in 2020 and effects on food, nutrition and security are more pronounced.” She added that we can build resilience through the potential of biofortified crops such as orange sweet potato which has been a successful experiment in Ghana as it replaced the expensive import of wheat.

The panelists for this session were:

  1. Mr. Larry Umunna, Regional Director, West Africa, Technoserve
  2. Ms. Patience Mukweza, Operations Executive, Food Solutions, a subsidiary of Beams & Rays Packaging, Zimbabwe
  3. Director, Nutreal Ltd & Associate Professor, Department of Food Technology & Nutrition, Makerere University, Uganda
  4. Ms. Tei Mukunya Oundo, Chief Executive Officer, Nature Lock, Kenya
  5. Ms. Isabel Dimitrov, Manager, Corporate Responsibility & Community Engagement, Cargil
  6. Ms. Lauren Landis, Country Director and Representative, Kenya, World Food Program (WFP)

Key takeaways: