Sustaining Africa’s Agrifood System Transformation: The role of Public Policies


November 3, 2020 - November 5, 2020    
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The AU’s Agenda 2063 and the Malabo Declaration have called for the rapid transformation of Africa’s agrifood system. This ambitious agrifood system transformation agenda involves reconciling trade-offs across poverty reduction, food security, nutrition, and environmental goals. At the same time, it has prompted governments to undertake a variety of policy interventions aimed at accelerating agrifood system transformation. Yet, in the face of advancing globalization, rapidly modernizing economies, income growth, dietary changes, and a changing climate, the choice of such policy interventions is not always a simple or once-off decision. National polices need to keep adapting to the changing global landscape and the rising complexity of local economies. The COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on Africa’s agrifood systems have shown the complex policy choices and trade-offs faced by African policymakers.

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