Webinar: COVID-19 Emergency Response: The African Nutrition Perspectives

Date and Time: 

Monday, June 1, 2020 - 10:00 to 12:30


Virtual - time indicated in BST (London)


The general objective of this webinar was to contribute to the improvement of food systems in the face of the COVID pandemic and to address the emerging issues of food insecurity in Africa.

Specifically, the webinar:

  • Discussed the medium and long term impact of COVID-19 on food poverty;  nutrition and food systems in Africa and to deliberate on the key contributing factors
  • Assessed the challenges faced by the emergency response on food systems; 
  • Discussed opportunities for transforming the food systems and improve nutrition during the current and future pandemics.
  • Discussed measures put in place for social protection and COVID-19 response in Africa, especially in rural areas, and shared experience of integrated best practices, and approaches.
  • Discussed research opportunities related to nutrition and COVID-19 and how they can be adapted to address the impact of COVID-19 in Africa.


Presentation Slides: 


9:00am - 11:30pm Accra
10:00am - 12:30pm London 
11:00am - 1:30pm South Africa/Geneva/Rome
12:00pm - 2:30pm Addis Ababa 
2:30pm - 4:00pm New Delhi 
5:00am - 7:30am New York/Washington, D.C

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The webinar lasted for 2hrs 30 mins, including talks from each speaker and an interactive audience Q&A session.



Lead Facilitators

Dr. Amos Laar (Ghana), President of the African Nutrition Society
Mr. Mphumuzi Sukati, FAO RAF Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer

Other Facilitators

Prof. Paul Amuna
Ms. Isatou Jallow
Prof. Linley Chiwona Kharltun
Prof. Alan Jackson
Dr. Habiba Hassan-Wassef
Dr. Victor Owino
Mrs. Julia Tagwireyi
Mr. Modou Cheyassin Phall
Prof. Francis Zotor