Lagos, Nigeria - The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), through its flagship programme - the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) - is set to hold a special workshop on nutrition from 25 February to 1 March in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital.
A statement from NEPAD, made available to PANA here on Wednesday, noted that the workshop will be centred on the 'East and Central Africa Regional CAADP Nutrition Programme'.
It has the theme, ‘’Building capacity to mainstream Nutrition in National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans in Africa'.
Senegal hosted the first workshop for the West African region in 2011.
Participants from 18 countries versed in Nutritional issues, including representatives from Regional Economic Communities (REC’s), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CAADP Country Focal Points, delegates from Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Education, Finance, Civil Society and the Private Sector, are expected at the workshop.
According to the statement, “The Workshop will be held amid concern that several countries that committed to accomplishing the Millennium Development Goal set to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger (MDG1) are still not on track to doing so, and poverty targets have made little or no progress.
'The urgency for increased momentum to achieving this and other MDG goals have intensified, as the 2015 deadline approaches,' NEPAD said in the statement.
The organizers said the meeting would also be part of a wider capacity-development process designed to assist countries in enhancing the nutritional impact of national agriculture and food security investment plans.
The meeting will also identify major constraints in the promotion of nutrition-sensitive agriculture, including low political commitment and too few food security programmes.
“To this end, countries are urged to develop action plans in order to strengthen coordination among appropriate sectors and stakeholders in aligning on-going and new nutrition programmes with current or planned agriculture programmes,' NEPAD’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, was quoted as saying in the statement.
At the end of the six-day workshop, participants are expected to produce recommendations and action plans for strengthening capacities across various institutions which deal with agricultural issues.
Other expected key outcomes will be a plan on how to promote advocacy activities to ensure better visibility of nutritional aspects in projects and programmes.