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12th Malabo Montpellier Forum


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BRIDGING THE GAP: Policy Innovations to Put Women at the Center of Food System Transformation in Africa

The Malabo Montpellier Forum convenes senior decision-makers to assess strategies for meeting global agriculture and food security goals. Dialogue between the Panel, key stakeholders, NGOs, and the private sector promotes the sharing of high-quality research across borders. Through exchange and mutual learning among leaders in agricultural growth and food security, the biannual Malabo Montpellier Forum provides a platform to promote policy innovation using evidence produced by the Malabo Montpellier Panel. Co-Chaired by H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, and H.E. Assia Ben Salah Alaoui Ambassador at Large to His Majesty the King of Morocco, the Forum seeks to create a space for politicians and policymakers to exchange directly on issues of strategic importance in a context free from domestic pressures.  

Every meeting of the Forum is guided by a technical report prepared by members of the Malabo Montpellier Panel; these research reports provide high-level decision-makers with access to the latest evidence to guide the effective implementation of policies and programs that benefit smallholder farmers in Africa, especially women and young people.

The 12th Meeting of the Malabo Montpellier Forum will take place on June 8, 2023. The forum will unveil the Panel's forthcoming report, " BRIDGING THE GAP: Policy Innovations to Put Women at the Center of Food System Transformation in Africa. As farmers, businesswomen, mothers, innovators, and educators, women are critical actors in Africa’s agrifood systems. The report posits that with appropriate support and opportunities, policymakers can harness the potential of women in the continental and global efforts to transform how food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed across Africa. This report draws on the experience of four African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, and Togo, and their efforts to drive forward system-level change to greater equality between men and women. It focuses on policy and institutional innovations and programmatic interventions that support women’s empowerment and contribution to food systems transformation.

The event will take place in three parts: a technical part drawing on the findings and recommendations from the Panel; a second part with thematic fireside chats; and a third part with a policy roundtable composed of senior representatives from African governments, development partners, civil society, and the private sector. 

*L'interprétation simultanée sera assurée pour cet événement