Since the 1970s, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region has had some of the highest rates of malnourished populations. Despite government and foreign donor interventions in addressing the malnutrition problems in the SADC region, regional food and nutrition security remains unstable. Food insecure households in the SADC region remain high, even in countries that have managed to increase production. In addition, rapid urbanisation to cities in the region have left some countries with a double burden of malnutrition in the region, with high levels of micronutrient deficiencies, resulting in stunting as well as high levels of obesity. This panel will look at the progress made to date in addressing the malnutrition challenge on the continent, the impact of Covid-19 on food and nutrition security and the role that science technology and innovation can play to ensure the continent does not lag behind in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals and other targets set in regional and continental frameworks.
Ms Mmampei Chaba, Chief Director: Multilateral and Africa engagements, Department of Science and Innovation (Host); Dr Victor Konde, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; Mr Alain Onibon, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations; Ms Zvikomborero Tangawamira, CSIR Business Development Manager: Advanced Agriculture and Food; Mr Tommie van Zyl, Chief Executive Officer: ZZ2