BecA-ILRI Hub to co-host event on enhancing agriculture and nutrition at Africa agriculture and innovation forum

The Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub will next week (13-14 June 2016) co-host a forum on enhancing agriculture and nutrition outcomes in Africa at this year’s Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) general assembly.

The 7th AASW and FARA general assembly is taking place in Kigali Rwanda, 13-16 June 2016.

Approximately one in four children under five are stunted and over 2 billion people are deficient in key vitamins and minerals worldwide. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence of hunger with one in four people being undernourished. Among the factors contributing to the global food and nutrition crisis is post-harvest losses caused by a range of issues including contamination by unsafe use of pesticides, veterinary drug residues, contaminated water and naturally occurring toxins in food. Tackling these challenges to nutrition and health through agriculture requires a concerted multi-sectoral approach.

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The  ‘Strengthening Systems to Optimize Agriculture and Nutrition Outcomes in Africa’ side event organized jointly by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the BecA-ILRI Hub and FARA in collaboration with the International Potato Centre (CIP), Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) and University of Rwanda’s College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine will showcase examples of good practices that are exploiting rigorous research in agriculture and health sciences; policy interventions; and public-private partnerships.

Presentations by representatives of African national agricultural research systems, regional and sub regional organizations, international research institutions, and the public and private sector will share lessons learned and explore promising avenues towards translating these initiatives into more universal impacts.

Read event concept note: Strengthening Systems to Optimize Agriculture and Nutrition Outcomes in Africa

Read about the aflatoxin research project: Capacity and Action for Aflatoxin Reduction in Eastern Africa (CAAREA)

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