Side Events

Side events will be held on the first day of the conference, October 8. The side events will provide space for partners of ReSAKSS to share their research and other work as it relates to supporting evidence based policy planning and implementation under the CAADP agenda. Topics for side events can also relate to the conference theme of “promoting agricultural trade to enhance resilience.”

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SIDE EVENT #1: Targeting and measuring nutrition impacts across the caadp results framework

VENUE: Mandela Hall

Organized by: CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)

Contact Person
Summer Allen
Tel: +1 202-862- 4609

Facilitator: Dr. Summer Allen, Research Coordinator, Markets, Trade and Institutions Division

Discussant: Dr. John McDermott, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health

Dr. Namukolo Covic—Nutrition and Dietetics Department, North-West University, South Africa
Mr. Kambaila Munkoni—United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Zambia
Dr. Mesfin Beyero –Independent Consultant, Public Health and Nutrition, Ethiopia

Despite advances in agricultural productivity and economic growth over the past 50 years, malnutrition is still widespread in Africa.  A unique opportunity exits to demonstrably reduce malnutrition throughout the African continent, through the current design of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) 2015-2025 Results Framework. The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) provides data to facilitate benchmarking and learning for the CAADP agenda.  ReSAKSS is facilitated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), and leading regional economic communities (RECs).  Given ReSAKSS role to track progress of the CAADP indicators, it is important to agree upon the proper indicators of nutrition that can be tracked and reported in a consistent manner.  In addition, the roadmap for achieving the African Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods goals (3ATGs) will be presented at the AU Headquarters in January 2015. The side event will provide an opportunity to discuss the incorporation of nutrition indicators into the CAADP Results Framework and can provide insight for this ATG road map.  This will build upon the expertise of the speakers and attendees as well as the analysis conducted by the CAADP Nutrition Task Force and the CAADP Nutrition Capacity Development Initiative.   Indicators of nutrition and the measurement and monitoring of these indicators will be discussed as well as institutions engaged in this work.  The side event will feature facilitated presentations from three experts that will discuss the following:

  • Implementation of the Nutrition Capacity Development Initiative in country development plans
  • Experiences and lessons learned from Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in East Africa (LANEA)
  • Opportunities for nutritional monitoring and implementation at a country level

The objectives of the side-event include:

  • Provide direction on the incorporation on nutrition indicators in the CAADP Results Framework,
  • Set out an agenda for inclusion of a detailed nutrition discussion into the plenary portion of the next CAADP/AUC meeting 

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SIDE EVENT # 2: Political Economy of Policy Change in Support of CAADP


Organized by: Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Contact Person:
Christian Derlagen
Policy Analyst, FAO 

Moderator: Mr. Christian Derlagen, Policy Analyst, Monitoring and Analyzing Food and Agricultural Policies Programme, FAO

Mr. Stephen Muchiri, Chief Executive Officer, East African Farmers Federation (EAFF)
Mr. Chance Kabaghe, Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (RENAPRI)
Mr. Nega Wubeneh, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)
Representative of the East African Community (invited)
Representative of the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) (invited)

At the African Union Summit in Malabo, African Heads of State and Government recommitted to the values and principles of the CAADP process, and committed to enhance investment in agriculture, boost intra-African trade and mutual accountability. The CAADP 10 Year Results Framework has been developed to accelerate country implementation and drive bold policy decisions to reach the 6% agricultural growth and 10% public investment in agriculture targets.

Join this side event for a debate on the “how” of agricultural policy change in Africa, with expert views and experiences from representatives of government, farmers’ organizations, agribusinesses, and research and regional organizations.

The objectives of the side-event include examining:

  1. The political economy of inclusive and evidence-based policy change
  2. How different stakeholders can influence national policy processes more effectively?
  3. Whether research and analysis are taken seriously by policy makers?
  4. The role played by regional organizations in policy dialogue and harmonization?

This Side Event is organized by FAO’s Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) programme, which supports the development of sustainable policy monitoring systems in thirteen African countries. MAFAP results are used to inform targeted food and agricultural policy reforms in the framework of CAADP, which will result in a more conducive environment for agricultural investment and productivity growth, especially for smallholder farmers. More information can be found on:

10:30—11:00   Coffee Break

SIDE EVENT # 3: Responding To Malabo: How to Triple Intra-African Agricultural Trade and Promote Inclusive Regional Value Chain Development

VENUE: Mandela Hall

Organized by: The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Contact Persons
Francesco Rampa
Head of Food Security Programme 
Tel. +31 433 502920
Mobile +31 6 21703284

Lesley-Anne van Wyk
Policy Officer: Food Security Programme
Tel: +31 (043) 350 23 11
Mobile: +31 6 23802685

Facilitator: Francesco Rampa, Head of Food Security Programme – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Mr. Komla Prosper Bissi, CAADP Pillar II Adviser – African Union Commission (AUC)
Mr. Stephen Muchiri, Chief Executive Officer – Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF)
Representative of ECOWAS (invited)
Representative of another REC (invited)

This side-event aims to bring together policy-makers, representatives from farmers’ organizations, private sector, civil society and development partners for an open dialogue, and cross-regional learning, on progress made around the regional dimensions of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Discussion topics are framed in the context of the recently adopted Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation. This multi-stakeholder dialogue will suggest ways to boost intra-African agricultural trade through more effective continental and regional trade agreements and the promotion of inclusive regional value chain development, thus implementing the commitments and meeting the targets set by African Heads of State in the Declaration.

The objectives of the side-event include:

  1. Facilitate cross-regional learning, and discuss how regional agricultural trade can enhance resilience of smallholder farmers and local small to medium enterprises;
  2. Suggest ways to achieve the commitments of the Malabo Declaration, through: more effective trade regulations (e.g. establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), ensuring member states’ compliance to implement existing regional trade protocols, gaining political commitment and commercial interests to effectively change policies and practices) and regional value chain development (e.g. business facilitation, establishing inclusive regional value chains to benefit especially smallholders, platforms supporting regular public-private dialogue).

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SIDE EVENT # 4: The Global Alliance for Resilience Initiative (AGIR): Agenda and Progress


Organized by: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Contact Person
Tsitsi Makombe
Tel: +1 202 862- 6462

Moderator: Mr. Richard Guissou, Director of Planning, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Burkina Faso

Presenter: Mr. Abdoulaye Ouedraogo, Economic Modeling Expert, Regional Technical Unit for the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR), Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), Burkina Faso

Dr. Ibrahima Mendy, Director- Directorate of Analysis, Forecasting and Statistics (DAPS), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Senegal
Mr. Ibrahim Lemane, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation Department, Haut Commissariat à l'Initiative 3N, Niger

The Sahelian population is vulnerable to chronic food crises; often exacerbated by the effects of climate change.  The Global Alliance for Resilience Initiative (AGIR) was launched in December 2012 to restore the livelihood base of vulnerable communities and to foster improved synergy and coherence of resilience initiatives in the Sahel and West Africa regions.  The Alliance is under the political and technical leadership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), and Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). The Alliance seeks to eradicate hunger and malnutrition within the next 20 years by supporting implementation of Sahelian and West African policies.

In line with theme of the 2014 ReSAKSS Conference, this side event will discuss AGIR’s agenda, progress it has made since its launch,  and  its plans to build and ensure resilient communities and agricultural livelihoods in the Sahel and West Africa regions.

The objectives of the side-event include:

  1. Assess progress made under AGIR since its launch
  2. Discuss ways to enhance AGIR’s plans for improving regional governance and leadership on food and nutritional security and ensuring effectiveness of collective action around resilience initiatives
12:30-14:00 Lunch
15:00— 17:30   2014 ReSAKSS Annual Conference Opening Session