Panafrican News Agency

Cotonou hosts international meeting on food security

Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Cotonou Wednesday began hosting an international technical conference on the “Efficient Approaches to fight against Malnutrition and scale-up Potential” within the framework of the world programme on “Food Security and Resilience Strengthening”, PANA reported here.

The programme was initiated by the German federal ministry of Cooperation and Economic development (Bmz) within the framework of the initiative “An only world without hunger” (Sewoh).

It aims to improve the food and nutritional situation and resilience to food crises for populations, especially women in the age of procreation, pregnant women, breast feeding mothers and young children (0 to 2 years) in the intervention zones.

The Cotonou meeting focuses on the problematic of food and nutritional security for peoples and economies and will enable participants from 12 intervention countries of the programme to share their different experiences in terms of strategies and factors of success against the challenges linked to the improvement of the performances of the agricultural and rural sector and the food and nutritional sub-sector.

The participating countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Togo, Yemen and Zambia.

According to the organizers, the fight against malnutrition passes among other solutions through a multisectoral approach with synergies in the domains of agriculture, health, education, social protection, as well as water sanitation and hygiene.

With an overall volume of more than 110 million Euros, agriculture occupies the first place in the German cooperation portfolio in Benin through several programmes.

The meeting is scheduled to end on Friday.


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