From 21 -23 January, FANRPAN and the University of Leeds convened a regional workshop focused on consolidating their work on Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture. Bringing together nutrition experts and leading academics in the field of nutrition, the workshop sought to build a multi-disciplinary network that would be able to contribute to the building of analytical and statistical capacity; co-design evaluation frameworks and appropriate NSA interventions. Going forward, the network will also collaborate in the development of a body of knowledge, and especially exploring the data from FANRPAN’s ‘Agriculture to Nutrition’ (ATONU) project as a case study. The workshop covered an array of topics, including exploring the potential use of insects to address animal protein deficiency.
ATONU is an African initiative focusing on how agriculture can deliver positive nutrition outcomes to smallholder farm families through the implementation of robust, evidence-based nutrition-sensitive interventions, implemented in three countries namely Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania
Currently working with FANRPAN in the implementation of the GCRF-AFRICAP, a climate focused programme, the University of Leeds has extended its collaboration to include nutrition.
For the regional workshop, representatives came from leading institutions of higher learning that specialize on nutrition, including the following institutions or university departments;
- University of Leeds
- Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- University of Fort-Hare
- Harvard University
- University of Zambia
- Makerere University
- University of Pretoria
- International Centre for Insects Physiology and Ecology
- Sokoine University of Agriculture