Workshop calls for nutrition interventions
The Minister of Agriculture Christian De Graaf says the agriculture sector is vital for the promotion of nutrition sensitive farming.
He believes that failure to promote nutrition sensitive food production in most countries is due to lack of understanding and collaboration within the agriculture sector.
De Graaf was addressing the opening ceremony of the Southern Africa Regional Workshop on Nutrition Capacity Development which ends today (Friday) at the Phakalane Golf Estates.
Held under the theme ‘Building capacity to mainstream Nutrition in National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans in Africa,’ the workshop provides an opportunity to take stock of what countries in the Southern Africa region are already doing to fight malnutrition through a more prominent role for nutrition planning.
According to SADC Deputy Executive Secretary, Joao Samuel Caholo, “poverty is one of the underlining causes of under-nutrition and any programme that mitigates it can contribute to addressing nutrition challenges.”
Participants in the workshop are expected to produce recommendations, revised National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIP) by promoting advocacy activities to decision makers to ensure better visibility of nutritional aspects in projects and programmes under implementation.
The outcomes of the workshop is expected to play a great role in ensuring that each Regional Economic Community and member State will seize the opportunity to do nutrition business differently in order to improve their food and nutrition security situation.
It is expected that the workshop outputs will pave the way to pragmatic national road maps that will boost the development of Southern Africa’s Agriculture, Food and Nutrition for the best of futures.
The workshop is jointly organized by the Botswana Government, the AU-NEPAD, SADC and development partners and is the third of its kind after the first hosted in Dakar, Senegal, and the second in Dar-es –Salam, Tanzania, respectively for the West Africa and the East and Central Africa regions.