Initial Stakeholder Platform Workshops in Ethiopia and Tanzania

The first AgriDiet stakeholder platform workshops were held in Addis Ababa on 28 February, 2013 and Dar Es Salaam on 4 March, 2013. Both were attended by a wide range of stakeholders, including government departments, Presidents’ office, FAO, World Bank, international and local NGOs, Embassy staff and university researchers.

These initial workshops clearly highlighted the need for platforms that convene stakeholders from both the agriculture and nutrition sectors, and included a series of short presentations by representatives of different organisations.

Delegates at the first AgriDiet stakeholder workshop, 28 February, 2013

Delegates at the first AgriDiet stakeholder workshop, 28 February, 2013

The workshops also included a stakeholder mapping exercise to identify other key actors within nutrition and agriculture who should be encouraged to attend future meetings and to identify other platforms and programmes that AgriDiet could work with.

It was noted that other existing platforms tended to operate at a national, high-ranking policy level and there was a need for better links to grassroots initiatives and to include more agriculture-based stakeholders such as extension workers and farmer representatives; these, together with agricultural policymakers, will be encouraged to attend the next AgriDiet workshops later this year.

The workshops also identified barriers to linking agriculture and nutrition, including the lack of focus on nutrition within the agriculture sector and the lack of access to  research that provides clear guidance in the local and national context, including research gaps in methodology.

The AgriDiet team has responded to the stakeholder workshop findings by incorporating a database of recent Ethiopian and Tanzanian research on agriculture and nutrition within the AgriDiet website.

The next AgriDiet stakeholder workshops are planned for November 2013 when initial findings from the AgriDiet research will be presented and further work will be conducted on attitudes to nutrition in the agriculture sector.

In the meantime the AgriDiet team is linking with other networks and initiatives to improve coordination and prevent duplication, and to improve engagement at local level.