The Double-Burden of Malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa: Engaging Youth in Access to Nutritious Food

On June 14 and 15, 2021, NCD Child, in partnership with the Ghana NCD Alliance and South Africa NCD Alliance hosted a virtual workshop, a UN Food Systems Independent Summit Dialogue, on addressing malnutrition in all its forms in sub-Saharan Africa. The dialogue included a plenary session on day 1, followed by breakout group discussions, which continued on day 2. The workshop provided an opportunity for organizations and individuals working on malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa to amplify their ideas for ensuring access to nutritious food for young people.

Plenary speakers:

  • Dr. Catherine Ndinda, Senior Researcher, Human Science Research Council of South Africa (Keynote speaker)
  • Kwaku Onwona-Hwesoufour Asante, Executive Director, Agency for Health and Food Security, Ghana
  • Busiso Moyo, Activist and Scholar, South Africa
  • Dr. Mothusi Gaikitse, Paediatrician, Francistown Academic Hospital, Botswana

The breakout groups convened to collaborate on a specific issue under the workshop theme.   

The primary objectives for this workshop were to:  

  1. Provide a forum for focused collaboration and evidence-sharing on malnutrition
  2. Explore double-duty actions, and special considerations for promoting access to nutritious foods during the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Provide a learning and networking opportunity for students and young people to strengthen their advocacy efforts related to NCDs

Read the summary workshop report.

Read the session feedback form for the UN Food Systems Summit.

Watch the plenary event below.

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