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Side event: The Role Of Policy in Reducing Malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa
byANH Academy
Academy Week Research Conference
Date and Time
From: 29 June 2023, 08:30
To: 29 June 2023, 09:45 - CAT (GMT+2)
Street: Umodzi Park Chilembwe, Lilongwe, Malawi

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This session showcases the AERC research outputs from the Agricultural Policy Analysis for Nutrition Outcomes (AFPON) project. Sub-Saharan African countries experience various market failures and other constraints in food production, marketing, and food consumption. Consequently, their governments have put in place a myriad of policies to counter these failures. Agricultural, food and nutrition policies address nutrition outcomes, such as hunger, undernourishment, wasting, stunting, child mortality, inadequate food consumption, food insecurity, and volatile food prices, thus improving nutrition outcomes among the population. However, malnutrition persists among the population in the region. To mitigate this challenge, informed, evidence-based policy development and implementation by policy practitioners is of essence. The solutions to the double burden of undernutrition and obesity cut across the agriculture, rural development, and public health sectors.

This session presents an introductory paper of the Special Issue of the Food Policy titled “The role of policy in reducing malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa”. The paper contributes to the debate on the linkages and pathways through which policies influence food security, nutritional outcomes, and related indicators and points to policy directions in these domains. The session closes by launching a new AERC research project supported by the BMGF titled, Policy Analysis for Sustainable and Healthy Foods in African Retail Markets (PASHFARM). 


Organizations involved
  • African Economic Research Consortium, Africa 
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  


  • Mark Korir, African Economic Research Consortium, Africa  AERC
  • Evar Kiambuthi African Economic Research Consortium, Africa 
  • Théophile Azomahou, Ag. Executive Director, AERC 
  • Harounan Kazianga, Oklahoma State University 
  • Shelly Sundberg, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 


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