AgriDiet Conference Presentations

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The AgriDiet conference was held on Friday 17th July at the Intercontinental Hotel in Addis Ababa. Irish Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Co-operation, Mr Sean Sherlock, TD, opened the conference and Dr Nick Chisholm, Principal Investigator of University College Cork, provided an overview of the project.

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The first session focussed mainly on policy issues, with Dr Ferew Lemma, Senior Nutrition Officer to the Ministry of Health and Mr Obey Assery Nkya of the Prime Minister’s Office and Coordinator of the SUN movement in Tanzania, discussing the challenges of linking agriculture and nutrition in each of their countries.

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Professor Joyce Kinabo of Sokoine University and Dr Tassew Woldehanna of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute and Addis Ababa University, presented the main findings of their AgriDiet policy reviews for Tanzania and Ethiopia, respectively, and some prescriptions for improving agriculture and nutrition linkages in each country.

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The second session opened with Tom Arnold, Coordinator of the UN Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and recently appointed member of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, reviewing international developments in agriculture-nutrition policy. The Ethiopian AgriDiet PhD researchers – Chanyalew Seyoum Aweke and Kedir Teji Roba from Haramaya University and Zenebe Abraha Kahsay from Mekelle University – then presented initial findings from their recently-completed field research.

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The Tanzanian AgriDiet PhD researchers – Goodluck Massawe from Sokoine University, Achilana Mtingele from St Augustines University and Dr Aifric O’Sullivan from Uuniversity College Dublin standing in for Happiness Muhimbula from Sokoine – followed with presentations on intial findings from their fieldwork in Tanzania.

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The afternoon session was opened by Dr Lindiwe Sibanda, CEO and Head of Mission at the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) presenting on Improving nutrition through optimised agricultural investments.

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Professor Amon Mattee of Sokoine University and Dr Tassew Woldehanna summarised the main findings from the AgriDiet Stakeholder workshops held in Tanzania and Ethiopia at both national and local level.

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Professor Amon Mattee and Dr Girmay Tesfay of Mekelle University then presented findings from the AgriDiet review of pro-nutrition agricultural interventions in Tanzania and Ethiopia, respectively

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The third session was then completed with a review of the AgriDiet meso-level, value chain research in both countries by Dr Girmay Tesfay, Dr Thadeus Mkamwa of St Augustine’s University and Professor Amon Mattee

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The conference presentations were reviewed by Dr Nick Chisholm at the end of the conference with a response by Tom Arnold. The conference ended with a Q&A session.