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  • Tsitsi Makombe, Layih Butake, Alix Underwood, and Sam Benin

AKADEMIYA2063: A Successful Case of Localization

Following the move from IFPRI to AKADEMIYA2063, ReSAKSS, AGRODEP, and the MaMo Panel have all continued and expanded their activities. As part of its expansion, AKADEMIYA2063 has added a new, innovative program: the Africa Agriculture Watch (AAgWa).

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  • Tsitsi Makombe

Current Efforts to Promote the Use of CAADP Biennial Review Data and Results for Evidence-Based Policymaking

Assessments by ReSAKSS underscore the importance of efforts to promote the use of BR data by showing the potential for BR data to guide policymaking. The assessments, based on key informant interviews and online surveys, show that policy...

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  • Tsitsi Makombe

Using Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Biennial Review Data for Evidence-Based Policymaking: Challenges and Opportunities

In most countries, agriculture joint sector reviews (JSR) meet once or twice a year and bring together a broad group of agriculture sector stakeholders to guide sector planning and performance review in support...

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  • Layih Butake

AKADEMIYA2063 and the Global Center on Adaptation CASP Results Validation Workshop: Senegal and Nigeria

Africa's food systems are greatly affected by climate change due to agriculture's significant role in the economy and employment. The African Union is prioritizing resilience and adaptation to reduce the economic losses caused by droughts.

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  • Layih Butake

Strengthening Africa's Crisis Response Capacity – Toward a Nutrition-driven Vulnerability Index

Every time an African country faces a crisis, from conflicts, droughts, health emergencies, and, most recently, the Russia-Ukraine war and the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded of the persistently high level of chronic vulnerability...

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  • Getaw Tadesse, and Fatima Olanike Kareem

How Can Africa Facilitate SPS Investment and Improve Outcomes for Food Safety?

Complying with international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards has become critical to trade and healthy food systems. The World Trade Organization (WTO) allows governments to use SPS measures to protect human, animal and plant health...

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  • Layih Butake

AKADEMIYA2063’s Climate Action Footprint – From the Paris Agreement to COP27

Transforming Africa into the image and likeness of the seven Aspirations of the African Union's (AU) Agenda 2063, the blueprint and master plan for remodeling the continent into the global ...

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  • Layih Butake

Bankable Solutions to Acclimatize Africa's Food Systems

Even though Africa accounts for the smallest share of global greenhouse gas emissions, at just 3.8%, the continent is particularly vulnerable to climate change. According to the World ...

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  • Layih Butake

AKADEMIYA2063 AND THE GLOBAL CENTER ON ADAPTATION LAUNCH PHASE II OF THE CLIMATE ADAPTATION SUPPORT PROGRAM (CASP) IN DAKAR, SENEGAL

As of May 2022, 45 African countries had submitted updated versions of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), underscoring the continent's commitment to global ...

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  • Tsitsi Makombe, and Julia Collins

HAS THE COMPREHENSIVE AFRICA AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (CAADP) BIENNIAL REVIEW TRIGGERED POLICY ADJUSTMENTS?

Through the 2014 Malabo Declaration, African leaders committed to conduct a biennial review (BR) to track country progress toward achieving commitments aimed at steering agricultural ...

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  • Layih Butake

Regional Trade Outlook in Eastern Africa: Opportunities for Rwanda – Post-event Brief

In March 2018, African governments signed an agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a turning point for African regional and international trade...

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  • Layih Butake

Building Resilient African Food Systems After COVID-19 – Lessons from the ReSAKSS 2021 Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR)

Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to life as we know it, with wide-ranging spill-over effects permeating various sectors. While Africa fared better than predicted in...

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Event Blog: Panel Discussion on ‘What’s next for food systems?’

On the 18th of October 2021, the United Nations Academic Impact Hub for SDG 2 (hosted by the University of Pretoria) in collaboration with the Malabo Montpellier Panel hosted a panel discussion on...

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  • Layih Butake

Accelerating Agricultural Transformation and Development in Africa: Building a Pipeline of Skilled Value Chain Actors

The journey to achieving “The Africa We Want” circa 2063 is fraught with history, opportunities, but perhaps most importantly, lessons. As the continent stays the course to prosperity towards ...

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  • AGRF

LAUNCH OF THE 2021 AFRICA AGRICULTURE TRADE MONITOR

Moderating the launch of the AATM today during the AGRF 2021, was Ms. Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Director, East and Southern Africa Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). She noted that the 2021 Africa ...

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  • Katrin Glatzel, and MEERA SHAH

TURNING TRADE-OFFS INTO WIN-WINS IN AFRICA’S FOOD SYSTEMS TRANSFORMATION

Madagascar is on the brink of the world’s first “climate change famine”, the UN has warned. The worst drought in 40 years has pushed more than a million people in the country to the verge of starvation...

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  • TSITSI MAKOMBE, and CHEIKH TRAORE

HARNESSING DATA AND TECHNOLOGY TO ADVANCE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION SYSTEMS AND FOOD SECURITY IN WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA

Like in much of Africa, agriculture remains the dominant source of livelihoods in West and Central Africa (WCA). More than 50 percent of the region’s labor force relies on agriculture for nourishment, income, and employment...

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  • Layih Butake

Knowledge Supply linked to Knowledge Demand equals better Policy Design and Implementation: Unpacking AKADEMIYA2063's Five-Year Strategy for Transforming African Economies

The need to rethink policy and craft intelligent systems for the expansion of Africa’s economic recovery gains is even more urgent against the backdrop of global development challenges such...

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  • JOACHIM VON BRAUN

THE MOMENT TO SEE THE POOR

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has illuminated inequities that have put poor people—in both low-income nations and in rich countries—at the greatest risk of suffering. Pope Francis recently pointed to that in an interview...

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  • HAWA S. DIOP

LAUNCH OF THE THIRD EDITION OF THE RESAKSS DATA CHALLENGE

The RDC is a competition created by ReSAKSS with the aim of getting enthusiastic data users to showcase their creativity and analytical skills using data and other resources on the ReSAKSS website...

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  • TSITSI MAKOMBE, and JULIE KURTZ

SECOND BIENNIAL REVIEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS URGENT NEED TO ACCELERATE PROGRESS TOWARD ACHIEVING MALABO DECLARATION GOALS BY 2025

In the 2014 Malabo Declaration, African leaders pledged to conduct a continent-wide Biennial Review (BR) to monitor and report on progress in achieving seven commitments, including ending hunger and halving poverty by 2025...

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