About the Conference

Agriculture contributes significantly to incomes and food choices. Therefore, investments in agriculture could play a vital role in poverty alleviation and improvement of food and nutrition security.

Since 2017, the Government of Kenya has held a national conference that serves as a thought leadership event on agri-nutrition.

The 3rd Annual National Agrinutrition Conference was held on September 24th -26th 2019 under the “Enhancing Multisectoral Agri-Nutrition Approaches for Improved Nutrition Outcomes in Kenya”.

The conference aim of the conference was to contribute to global efforts to address malnutrition through agriculture. The event provided a platform for experience sharing and learning on practical national and county actions, programme and policy interventions that have contributed to addressing malnutrition in Kenya.

The conference was organized by the Food and Nutrition Linkages Technical Working Group of the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and implementing partners.

Aim of the Conference

The overall objective of the conference was to demonstrate national efforts to improve nutrition outcomes through multisectoral agri-nutrition approaches.

Specific Objectives

  • Improve understanding of agri-nutrition based on the relevant evidence and translation into multisectoral programming
  • Share practical examples of agri-nutrition multisectoral approaches based on stakeholders’ experiences, tools and approaches
  • Identify national needs for ongoing technical assistance, tools, information and data on agri-nutrition.

Outcomes

  • Increased commitments for demand driven extension services
  • Strengthened multisectoral coordination and inclusive participation
  • Sustainable community driven and accountable programming for agri-nutrition

 

Commitments

From the conference, delegates undertook to implement a wide range of commitments to address four (4) critical priorities to accelerate agri-nutrition.

  1. Strengthening multisectoral coordination, partnerships and mutual accountability
  2. Increasing productivity of food systems
  3. Sustaining nutrition and resilience of households
  4. Effective knowledge management and communication for Agri Nutrition

 

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 From the conference, delegates undertook to implement a wide range of commitments to address four (4) critical priorities to accelerate agri-nutrition.

  1. Strengthening multisectoral coordination, partnerships and mutual accountability
    1. Increase the effectiveness of multisectoral engagements and coordination of agri-nutrition interventions for delivery of results at both national and county government level
    2. Reduce fragmentation and internal governance weaknesses of agriculture sector institutions
    3. Relook at the KNAP 2018-22 and accelerate support to county governments to develop their own strategies and plans
    4. Set up a high level inter-ministerial and intergovernmental committee to enhance multi-sectoral coordination
    5. Set up a formal structure at national and county levels to follow through and regularly report on progress made in the implementation of commitments at the national agri-nutrition conference.

 

  1. Increasing productivity of food systems
    1. Improve market linkages and private sector investments in food systems
    2. Innovation and use of digital and non-digital technologies in food systems
    3. Increase strategic investments for demand driven extension services at county level
    4. Tackle measures aimed at increasing productivity of food systems such as the promotion of food fortification and bio-fortification
    5. Improve national and county government proactivity in addressing food safety and quality issues, including those impinging on community nutrition and health through generation of necessary evidence, strengthening regulatory capacities and public information and awareness

 

  1. Sustaining nutrition and resilience of households
    1. Promote sustainable dietary diversity approaches at household level
    2. Increase capacity of households to increase incomes from agricultural and livestock activities and other sources
    3. Promote utilization of indigenous foods which have a competitive edge in coping with climate variability and nutrition options
    4. Increase investments in small scale irrigation systems to enhance household food security
    5. Co-creation of interventions with local communities, private sector and relevant stakeholders in food and nutrition security to increase ownership and sustainability
    6. Advocate for greater investments in building additional systems such as basic social services like Universal Health Coverage, cash transfers and other social protection services which strengthen resilience of households

 

  1. Effective knowledge management and communication for Agri Nutrition
  1. Increase the capacity of frontline actors in the public and private sector through the roll-out and implementation of the Agri-Nutrition curriculum
  2. Increase the use of location-specific data that include individual food consumption data to inform knowledge on local dietary gaps
  3. Scale up good practices in the application and use of innovative information, education and communication tools to raise awareness among local communities to influence dietary behavior
  4. Employ the application of innovative information, communication technologies solutions to empower farmers and strengthen linkages between farmers, service providers and buyers.
  5. Explore innovative social change interventions such as through image building campaigns, using informal markets to engage urban consumers and greater involvement of youth
  6. Establish a knowledge and information hub to translate knowledge to use and enhance knowledge exchange across sectors

Key dates

  • Agri Nutrition Conference: 24 – 26 September 2019
  • Deadline for abstracts submission: 12 August 2019
  • End of Abstract review: 16 August 2019
  • Notification to authors who submitted abstracts: 23 August 2019
  • Deadline for confirmation of participation: 6 September 2019
  • Deadline for submission of PPTs and posters by authors: 6 September 2019