Monday, August 26

President Kikwete speaks up for better nutrition at the TICAD GAIN side event in Tokyo, Japan

Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete, member of Scaling Up Nutrition Lead Group
Toshiko Abe, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan speaking at GAIN's side event at TICAD. Click on image for video highlights.

Together with the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT), GAIN organized a side event at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yokohama on 2 June, on the theme of “Agricultural Transformation for Growth and Better Health” (video).
President Kikwete of Tanzania delivered an engaging keynote address, calling for decisive action on nutrition that ranges from education to ensuring that agricultural investment platforms such as SAGCOT deliver not just higher productivity but also bring more nutritious foods to local people. GAIN’s Chair Jay Naidoo reminded the audience, over 140 people from business, government and civil society from across Africa, Japan and beyond, that better nutrition can only be achieved sustainably if farmers and consumers, and particularly women, are in the driver’s seat.
Toshiko Abe, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, confirmed Japan’s continuing commitment to nutrition that includes an emphasis on nutrition in maternal and child health development programmes as well as support for the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. During a lively panel discussion, representatives from Africa and Japan of the agribusiness and food industries as well as public policy spheres stressed the central role of cross-sectoral partnerships in making the integration of nutrition into agricultural development a reality.
The meeting concluded with a call on actors in Africa and Japan across government, business and civil society to build on their existing relationship of trust to significantly increase their collaboration for bringing better food to the people of Africa.

GAIN's Chair Jay Naidoo with President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Ruth Oniang'o, Board Chair, Sasakaw Africa Association and SAFE.

African leaders and their global partners in government and business have taken decisive steps toward realizing sustained and inclusive agricultural growth to lift African populations out of poverty. Global platforms, including the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, Grow Africa, the New Vision for Agriculture, and SAGCOT, that unite public and private actors are now translating political commitments into investments on the ground. However, only well-nourished populations are healthy, resilient and productive and able to contribute to sustained economic growth and stability. Thus, it is important that these platforms drive impact towards improving not only the quantity, but also the quality of the food that is available in Africa. What successful examples exist that integrate food security and nutrition at scale? What can African governments, their development partners in Japan and elsewhere, and the private sector, do to speed up improved food security and nutrition?
Keynote address
H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania and member of the Scaling Up Nutrition Lead Group
Introduction: Beyond sectors - Linking agricultural transformation and better health through improved nutrition
Jay Naidoo, Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Partnership Council of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Welcome remarks
H.E. Toshiko Abe, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
Leveraging private investment and global platforms for food security and nutrition: What can the private sector do, how can governments support?
Kohei Sakata, Operating Officer, Head of Marketing Division, Bayer Crop Science K.K.
Ruth Oniang’o, Board Chair, Sasakawa Africa Association and SAFE; Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development
Yasuhiko Toride, Director of Nutrition Improvement Projects, Associate General Manager R&D Planning Department, Ajinomoto Co.
Geoffrey Kirenga, CEO, SAGCOT Centre
Summary and closing
Jay Naidoo, Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Partnership Council of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

*this was reported on the Gain website and we're happy to blog it here!  Great effort!
"TICAD GAIN side event - Japan, 2 June 2013 
Date: 5 June 2013" 

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