Theme 1: Governing African food systems (Leave no one behind)

Theme 1: Governing African food systems (Leave no one behind)

Food systems governance and policy development often occur in silos and offer few tangible mechanisms that address the interconnectedness and complexity associated with the food system. This session will be held on World Food Day (WFD). This year’s theme is “Water is Life, Water is Food. Leave No One Behind”. The FSNet-Africa governance session focuses on ‘leaving no one behind’ by hosting a dialogue that brings together various stakeholders to raise questions and advance conversations on what comes after the SDGs, drawing on speakers’ experiences and research outputs. The aim of the session is to bring together researchers, policymakers, civil society organisations, and the private sector to explore opportunities to transform African food systems’ governance, focusing on ensuring equal participation in decision-making (leaving no one behind). The session provides an African perspective on how researchers collaborate with communities and others in setting and implementing global, continental, and African agendas. During the session, participants will collaboratively develop a ‘call to action’ poster highlighting the commitment of stakeholders involved in this discussion.

Date: Monday 16 October 2023

Time: 14:00 – 17:00 (SAST)





Dr Frank Tchuwa, University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi

Research topic: Optimising synergies and navigating trade-offs in multi-sectoral interventions for transforming agri-food systems in Malawi




Dr Fides Izdori, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Research topic: Stakeholder collaboration framework for post-harvest loss reduction: The case of tomato production in the Iringa and Morogoro regions of Tanzania




Dr Amiena Bayat, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Research topic: Investigating land contestation as a challenge for food systems in Africa: A case study of the Philippi horticultural area




Dr Bridget Bwalya Umar, University of Zambia, Zambia

Research topic: Climate-resilient and sustainable agricultural intensification in Eastern Zambia




This session is being co-hosted by FSNet-Africa, DST-NRF CoE-Food Security, and the Horizons Institute.