A panel of experts including Dr Simbarashe Sibanda the Managing Director of the new FANRPAN project Agriculture to Nutrition (ATUNO), explained how malnutrition in all its forms is already undermining the health and economic opportunities of 1 in 4 people in Africa, having ripple effects beyond affected individuals to society as a whole. Women and young children are particularly vulnerable.
In his presentation, Dr. Simbarashe Sibanda highlighted that ATUNO is a six-year project focusing on how agriculture can deliver positive nutrition outcomes to smallholder farm families through the generation of robust evidence. The project focus countries include Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Ghana/Uganda, and targets women of child-bearing age and children in first 1,000 days of life as well as redressing the high burden of malnutrition. The ATUNO project seeks to offer technical assistance to agricultural projects that deliver positive nutrition outcomes and ensure effectiveness of nutrition-sensitive interventions in agriculture programmes. For more information on ATUNO visit http://fanrpan.org/projects/atonu
The panel further explored policies needed to achieve food and nutrition security under climate change, including ensuring that agriculture delivers high quality diets. In particular, the event focused on increased agriculture productivity, resilience of poor households, sustainable agricultural practices and ecosystems, biodiversity and integration of nutrition into food systems.
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