The two days of the workshop were dedicated to local stakeholders of the urban food system, especially those actors involved in policy making and implementation, and with a strong regard for the factors that determine food quality and safety. With many prominent actors from the main public institutions responsible for food and nutrition in Ghana present at the meeting, the discussion of the results was lively and strongly related to the mechanisms for improved cross-sector collaboration. This final scientific workshop has highlighted how the project’s results provide a roadmap for improved urban nutrition in Ghana. NOURICITY is very grateful for the participation of so many and for sharing their expertise.
At this meeting of all LEAP-Agri research projects, NOURICITY and all other projects exchanged research and innovations they created to the a group of more than 200 stakeholders. Investors, donor agencies and other stakeholder groups could exchange directly with the researchers during this knowledge sharing event. All NOURICITY partners attended the meeting, presented results, interacted with stakeholders and discussed the stakeholders’ engagement activities planned until June 2022 and how they will help local actors unite for improved urban nutrition.
The aim of the workshop was to engage with high-level stakeholders and decision makers of the Accra food system. The group of twenty stakeholders included representatives from the relevant ministries (Food and Agriculture, Sanitation and Water Resources, Local Government and Rural Development, Health, Trade and Industry), the Food and Drugs Authority, the Ghana Standards Authority, NGOs and Civil Society organizations, local environmental, cleansing and health officers from the sub-metropolitan areas around the Agbogbloshie and Makola food markets, and researchers from international organizations (FAO, IFPRI) and the local universities.
The aim of the workshop was to engage with local stakeholders in order to understand why consumers purchase which products, from where/whom, which hands these foods have gone through, and how that can influence the nutrition, food safety and health of the consumers. In particular, the stakeholders (other than the consumers) were requested to describe their role, activities and the various problems they encounter within the food system they are part of.
On December 6-7, 2018, the partners of the NOURICITY project first met as a group in Cape Town, South Africa. Hosted by the Center of Excellence in Food Security (University of Western Cape and University of Pretoria), the meeting allowed the partners to plan together the implementation of the research activities and program.
Hosted by CIHEAM, the 27 projects funded under the LEAP-Agri / EC ERA-Net Co-fund, met with the group of donors in Bari, Italy, October 8-10 2018. This kick-off event served as workshop for all project teams in matters related to the management of their project under this new and innovative alliance of African and European donors.