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16-17 November 2017. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. FAO/WHO Regional Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition

More than 200 participants from 47 African countries including parliamentarians, policy-makers, academicians, researchers, students, civil society and farmers’ organizations, the private sector and development partners gathered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire for the Symposium with the aim of reviewing evidence, examining policy and programme implications and providing recommendations on how sustainable food systems to optimize improved nutrition outcomes with nutritionally balanced diets and healthy lifestyles in Africa.

The Africa regional symposium was an opportunity to present the third edition of FAO Regional

Overview on Food Security and Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa.

FAO was represented by Abebe Haile-Gabriel, Regional Programme Leader for Africa, Anna Lartey, FAO Director for Nutrition and Germain Dasylva, FAO Representative to Côte d’Ivoire.
The main objective of the Regional Symposium was to recognize the long-term benefits of sustainable food systems for healthier diets and improved nutrition on the socio-economic development of Africa and created the platform for stakeholders to re-commit to dedicate resources for sustained and coherent implementation of the various policies, programmes and initiatives to impact nutrition and health.


In December 2016, FAO and WHO successfully co-organized an International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition. This was a follow-up to the recommendations by Member States during the International Conference on Nutrition (ICN-2) and the Declaration of the UN-Decade of Action on Nutrition to operationalize the Rome Declaration and its Framework for Action on Nutrition.

This Regional Symposium preceded the 8th Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security on 18 November, 2017. The Africa Regional Symposium focused on the region’s specific contextual realities as a follow up to the strategic global events.