Theme: FERN for African Food Environments Transformation
Date: Wednesdays: 3rd, 10th & 17th November 2021
Format: Fully virtual - 3 days
The impact of the multiple pandemics of malnutrition (including undernutrition, and obesity), climate change, and currently, COVID-19 - on our food environments and the food systems in general is immense. These challenges require urgent attention. Addressing the challenges, malnutrition in all its forms, will require improvement in food environments and a food system that works for all. In Africa, improving food environments is an urgent priority. Rapid urbanization, coupled with changes in food environments, has impacted the burden of obesity and diet-related NCDs in the region. Dietary habits of people in Africa are shifting towards highly processed foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt. Africa needs policies and practice guidance designed to create supportive food environments for healthy food choices. To be successful, food systems stakeholders led by governments require inputs – including data, evidence, nudging.
Against this background, the MEALS4NCDs Project and partners (INFORMAS, REPSAO, DFC, Others) will convene the second Africa Food Environment Research Network Meeting (FERN2021) on Wednesdays: 3rd, 10th & 17th November 2021. The MEALS4NCDs project is focused on measuring and supporting public sector actions that create healthy food marketing and food provisioning environments for children and adolescents in Ghana, with the aim to prevent obesity nutrition-related NCDs. The FERN initiative, birthed by the MEALS4NCDs Project is a regional capacity-building, and knowledge-sharing network that encourages research collaborations, implementation of innovative food environment research, and practices that facilitate creation of healthier food environments in Africa. The 1st FERN meeting was held online from 3rd to 5th November 2020, with about 200 participants from 56 countries in attendance. The meeting provided a platform to connect researchers working on African food environment, identified research priorities for improving food environment in Africa and provided capacity building workshops for participants.
The 2nd FERN meeting will build on the progress made from the first meeting, and leverage research, practice, and policy-making networks to contribute to the transformation of Africa’s food environments and food systems as a whole. The event will be held on Wednesdays: 3rd, 10th & 17th November 2021 – jointly with the International Network for Food and Obesity/Non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS)’s e-symposium series – as per the joint call for abstracts below.
Call for Abstracts
The deadline for submission is October 1, 2021, and the time is 11:59 PM GMT (1:59 AM CAT | 2:59 AM EAT)
To submit an abstract, click on the link here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdcezB0MgNnw5vmZCB3xskf1Bm1_X-…;
Please register for the series at the link here: https://www.meals4ncds.org/en/fern2021/
For more information, please visit MEALS4CDs Project website.