Africa Food Systems Transformation Progress Review

Hybrid Event, 22/04/2024

Date: April 22, 2024
Venue: Addis Ababa (hybrid)
Working day: 09:00 – 17:00 GMT+3

The UN Food Systems Coordination Hub, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations are pleased to convene Food Systems National Convenors and other experts from across Africa to assess the progress made in transforming food systems, facilitate regional knowledge sharing, and identify emerging patterns and solutions.

Structure and Objectives of the Regional Meeting 

The Regional Meeting will take place on April 22 in Addis Ababa, during the 2024 Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD-10). 

The meeting will build on the UNFSS+2 STM and the Regional Preparatory Meeting in Africa that took place on February 2023, looking at the regional priorities and good practices to transform the region's food system and map across the six actions areas of the Secretary General’s Call-to-Action at the UNFSS+2 on the way forward. The core of the meeting will be to review progress and foster regional collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst National Convenors and stakeholders in the ecosystem of support (EoS) in the region.

The event objectives are thus:

  • Provide a focused moment for National FS Convenors to reflect on progress made and share and learn from each other on experiences and insights in fostering food systems acceleration in their countries;
  • Allow interactions between national convenors and some key players and stakeholders in the ecosystems of support (EoS) on issues and trends of national and global interest in the pursuit of accelerated food systems transformation in Africa, including (a) implications of the outcomes of the FS Stocktaking Moment (2023) and COP28; and (b) informed on key developments of interest including African Union processes on the Post CAADP Malabo;
  • Explore strategies for aligning food systems transformation processes with existing climate action plans;
  • Socialise key thrust and preliminary milestones in the process leading up to the 2025 Stocktaking Moment and COP29 and COP30.

Participants And Registration

The regional meeting will bring together National Convenors from African countries, practitioners, and civil society members involved in the food systems transformation and climate action, as well as concerned regional and international organizations and academia. Participation in this event is limited to individuals who have received formal invitations.

This event is part of a series of  Regional Meetings organized by the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub as a follow-up to the United Nations Food Systems (UNFSS+2) Stocktaking Moment which took place in Rome in July 20232 . These meetings are being conducted in collaboration with the UN Regional Commissions, the Regional Offices of the UN Agencies supporting the Hub, and other relevant UN and regional bodies.