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Malabo Montpellier Panel unveils practical guide to accelerate progress towards creating sustainable and resilient food systems

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Malabo Montpellier Panel unveils practical guide to accelerate progress towards creating sustainable and resilient food systems

What we need are efficient and sustainable food systems that meet the African Union Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

KIGALI, Rwanda, December 3, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Malabo Montpellier Panel at AKADEMIYA2063 (www.AKADEMIYA2063.org) recently concluded the ninth edition of the Malabo Montpellier Biannual Forum (https://bit.ly/3rykPXW) to offer a roadmap of political innovations for the transformation of the food systems, building resilience and adapting to climate change. The IX Meeting of the Malabo Montpellier Forum set out to promote dialogue between stakeholders in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasingly frequent and extreme weather events related to climate change across the continent. Following the recently concluded UN Food Systems Summit and COP26, the Virtual Forum presented Recipes for Success: Policy Innovations to Transform Africa’s Food Systems and Build Resilience (https://bit.ly/3ol5tUI), a report summarizing seven of the Panel’s reports. and more than 50 country reviews published between 2017 and 2020, with a renewed appetite from stakeholders to absorb and implement the evidence-based guidance for the transformation of sustainable food systems. With the continent set to host COP27 next year, and in the midst of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum that just ended (https://bit.ly/3GelXEb), now is the time to align the goals and ambitions of the transformation of the continent’s food systems and climate change agendas.

“There is no greater urgency at this time than to redouble efforts to implement the Malabo agenda and accelerate progress towards the successful transformation of our food systems,” said Dr. Ousmane Badiane, AKADEMIYA2063 Executive Chairman and Malabo Montpellier Panel Co-Chair . “Significant progress has been made in the last two decades, yet there is worrying evidence that the pace of progress had slowed significantly, even before the pandemic: slowing rates of economic and agricultural growth, stagnation of the share of the public spending on agriculture, rising rates of poverty and hunger after two decades of steady decline. Reversing course and returning to a faster growth path and improving living conditions requires continuity of efforts and coherence of action in a number of policy areas. This current report provides an evidence-based practical guide to do just that, drawing field-proven lessons from the best-performing African countries in terms of progress towards eradicating hunger and transforming food systems, ”he said.

“Recipes for Success: Policy Innovations to Transform Africa’s Food Systems and Build Resilience is not just a title for the volume released during the Forum; it captures our mission and strategy in the Malabo Montpellier Panel, ”said Professor Joachim von Braun, Co-Chair of the Malabo Montpellier Panel of the Development Research Center of the University of Bonn in Germany. “We like to learn from the successes, but we take note of the problems. The seven topics covered in the monograph – nutrition, irrigation, mechanization, trade, digitization, energy and livestock – are cornerstones of a well-functioning food system. But we don’t treat them in isolation; we connect them to systems problems. Looking ahead, it is necessary to identify and consider the true costs of food; the costs of poor functioning food systems to public health and the environment must be reduced everywhere, especially in Africa. What we need are efficient and sustainable food systems that comply with the African Union Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals, ”he said.

The call ended with a strong call to action from the Co-Chair of the Malabo Montpellier Forum, HE Assia Bensalah Alaoui, Ambassador General of His Majesty Mohamed VI, King of Morocco.

“The centrality of the transformation of food systems and its multiple interconnections with key areas for the sustainability of humanity will offer more opportunities to our youth and populations in general, because they will remain in our continent and will contribute with their talents to the transformation of Africa and the implementation of Agenda 2063 ”, he said.

The 9th Malabo Montpellier Forum attracted 120 attendees from more than 50 organizations, including high-level government representatives (https://bit.ly/3pkl85T) from nine African countries and with more than 22 high-level speakers (https: / /bit.ly/31qvoB8), seven private talks and a high-level policy roundtable.

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