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Integrating Nutrition in CAADP investments plans

Achieving the first Millennium Development Goal of reducing poverty and hunger through agriculture-led growth is central to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Improvements in agricultural production and productivity, and even in food security, do not automatically translate in improved nutritional outcomes, and can even have negative impacts on nutrition. As political commitment to nutrition is increasing, agriculture and food security interventions must be specifically designed to address nutrition problems. 

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the African Union Commission (AUC) have therefore launched an initiative to strengthen capacity for addressing nutrition through the formulation and implementation of National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans in collaboration with Regional Economic Communities and with the support of FAO and USAID.

Regional workshops are at the heart of this strategy, bringing together country teams to share their experiences and develop action plans and roadmaps for maximizing the nutritional impact of agriculture investment plans.

The first workshop was held in Dakar, Senegal in November 2011, to assist 17 West African countries in developing action plans and programs for integrating nutrition within their respective National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs).

The second workshop was held in Dar-as-Salaam, Tanzania, in late February 2013, to assist 18 East and Central Africa countries.

The third regional workshop was held in Gaborone, Botswana, from September 9th to 13th to assist 14 countries of Southern Africa.

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