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Transforming Africa’s food future: Policy changes for healthier food systems

An African man stands behind his fruit stall at a market.
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Join us for an insightful and interactive webinar to find out about the experiences of research teams within the Catalyzing Change for Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems  initiative. Learn from international experts on the implementation of new policies for healthier food systems in Africa. 

Food environments and consumption in Africa are rapidly changing. Obesity and overweight are now increasing at a rapid pace alongside existing problems of malnutrition. This comes with many challenges for population health. It is predicted that by 2030, non-communicable diseases will be the leading cause of death on the continent. This must be addressed proactively through an all-of-society approach to create and sustain healthier food systems for all. 

There is an internationally recognized set of food and health policies that aim to tackle the many forms of malnutrition and improve population health. Their implementation in Africa is relatively new but we can learn much from the experience of trail-blazing countries that are already starting to implement such policies. This webinar will illuminate some of the key challenges and opportunities of food-systems policy change in Africa, through the experiences of research teams that are currently generating new evidence and advocating for policy change in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. 

Host:  Greg Hallen, team leader, Climate-Resilient Food Systems, IDRC 


  • Dr. Semnen Osakue, African representative for CHOICES International, Nigeria 
  • Sameera Mohamedy, senior researcher in health law and policy, PRICELESS, South Africa 
  • Shukri Mohamed, associate research scientist, African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya 
  • Kate Robertson, lawyer, public health law and policies, World Health Organization 

Simultaneous interpretation to English and French will be available. 

Read our article and brief on policy changes for healthier food systems in Africa.