Research Workshop: Transforming Food Systems for sustainable healthy diets – Global and African Imperatives

  • Date
  • Time
    02:00 pm > 03:30 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Nairobi, Conference Room 10, Nairobi, 00100, Kenya

Thematic Areas: Climate Action, Healthy Diets, Better Crops, Sustainable Animal Foods, Scaling Innovations, Gender & Inclusion

Despite significant progress in addressing hunger, malnutrition remains a major challenge in all regions of the world. Unhealthy diets are a major driver of all forms of malnutrition, including undernutrition, overweight and obesity, and micronutrient deficiencies, as well as diet-related noncommunicable diseases. Worldwide, as many as 3 billion people cannot afford a healthy diet. The imperative to transform our food systems to ensure sustainable healthy diets for all has never been stronger; meaningful change will require that we deploy high-impact, evidence-based solutions in context-specific ways that are adaptable, dynamic, and equitable.

African levels of malnutrition are among the world’s highest, but these averages hide important cross-regional and urban/rural disparities. Africa’s changing, diverse diet and nutrition conditions call for context-specific and evidence-based strategies to increase the supply, affordability, and consumption of healthy foods overall and of nutrient-dense foods for the most vulnerable, while curbing the rising consumption of unhealthy foods. 

Please join us for a discussion at CGIAR Science week on opportunities to transform food systems to ensure healthy diets for all.  Speakers will present the key overall findings and recommendations of IFPRI’s 2024 Global Food Policy Report on Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Nutrition, and then engage in a discussion on targeted strategies to improve diets and nutrition in Africa.


Opening Remarks:

  • Simeon Ehui, CGIAR Regional Director for Africa, Director General, IITA 
  • Purnima Menon, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Policy, IFPRI

Overview of Key Findings and Recommendations:

  • Deanna Olney, Director, Nutrition, Diets, and Health, IFPRI

Challenges and Opportunities Across the African Continent: 

Overview of the GFPR Regional Chapter

  • Sam Benin, Acting Director for Africa, IFPRI
  • Elodie Becquey, Senior Research Fellow, Nutrition, Diets, and Health, IFPRI

Rapid Fires

Diet Affordability:

  • Derek Headey, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

The Role of Animal Source Foods: 

  • Jef Leroy, Senior Research Fellow, Nutrition, Diets, and Health, IFPRI
  • Inge Brouwer, Senior Research Fellow, Nutrition, Diets, and Health, IFPRI

Discussion Panel:

  • Appolinaire Djikeng, Director General, ILRI
  • Agnes Kalibata (or Boaz Keizire), AGRA
  • Victor Murinde, Executive Director, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
  • Salome Bukachi, Associate Professor, UoN Institute of Anthropology, Gender, and African Studies
  • Other stakeholders who will participate in MP4 consultation