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Launch of
Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU): Improving Nutrition Outcomes Through Optimized Agricultural Investments Project by the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) & Consortium Members

Date: 28 October 2015
Time: 10:45 - 12:15
Venue: Speke Resort and Conference Centre, Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda

Background on the event:

The official launch of the ATONU project will be launched at the 6th Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security (ADFNS). ADFNS, an annual event, serves as a rallying point to intensify political and financial commitments at all levels to address contemporary challenges of food and nutrition insecurity in Africa. Organized by NEPAD and the African Union Commission (AUC), the event provides a platform to share experiences, knowledge and mutual learning as well as measure progress in assuring food and nutrition security. The 2015 AU theme "Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063", this year's event in Kampala has a special focus on women.

The launch event:

The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and project consortium members are implementing a regional initiative, ATONU, which answers the question of what agriculture programmes can do to achieve positive nutrition outcomes. FANRPAN has assembled a leading global consortium of African and international organizations to design, pilot, rigorously evaluate and promote a range of interventions that will improve nutritional outcomes of agricultural programs and policies. The interventions address the variety of social, cultural and environmental contexts found in African agriculture. The official launch of the ATONU project is a chance to leverage on the presence of key stakeholders, such as governments, multilateral organizations and civil society from across Africa, to spread its message and ensure buy-in.

ATONU's seven Consortium partners:

 

Why attend:

  1. Engage key stakeholders around the problem of malnutrition that agriculture and health systems are trying to address;
  2. Build awareness on the role of food systems in improving nutrition in Africa and globally;
  3. Highlight the need for women's empowerment to improve nutrition;
  4. Build awareness of the ATONU project: mission, objectives, key messages and expected outputs.

Who should attend:

The ATONU launch is an inclusive event and will primarily target audiences present at the main event, such as:

  • AU members—public policy makers
  • UN agencies and multi-lateral organizations
  • International and national NGOs
  • Research organizations
  • Private sector and small enterprises representatives ;
  • Farmers
  • Women's groups, organizations and entrepreneurs


For further information, visit the ATONU website www.fanrpan.org/projects/ATONU.
Direct all media requests and queries to fanrpan-atonu@fanrpan.org.

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