The Hub supported the East Africa Community (EAC) Secretariat to conduct a regional stakeholders’ validation workshop on the draft EAC Food and Nutrition Security Strategy (FNSS) and Food and Nutrition Security Action Plan (FNSAP). Upon incorporation of stakeholder input, the EAC will next submit the draft reports to the Sectoral Council on Agriculture and Food Security (SCAFS) for consideration and adoption.
Stakeholders at the January 30 – February 3 workshop recommended the establishment of a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder Regional Technical Working Group on Food and Nutrition Security (REWG-FNS) to support implementation of the EAC Food and Nutrition Security Action Plan.
Among key stakeholders who participated in the workshop were government officials, private sector representatives, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa with a food and nutrition security scope, East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) and consultants engaged by the Hub to assist in drafting of the two reports.
Both the FSAP and the FNSS are key EAC instruments on food security. FNSS highlights activities and critical targets for the next 5 years, providing guidance on coordination and implementation of individual and joint programs and projects that promote food and nutrition security in the EAC region. The FSAP sets out priority areas for intervention and guides programming in the food security sector.
The draft EAC instruments are aligned with the U.S. Government’s Global Food Security Strategy 2017, which has the following objectives: inclusive and sustainable agricultural-led economic growth; strengthened resilience among people and systems; and a well-nourished population.