Building sustainable food systems for an urbanising Sub-Saharan Africa

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 08:30-14:00

Live stream:, from 09:30 to 10:00 only (keynote address, Nairobi time)

Amidst climate risks, one of the greatest challenges of African cities is to provide healthy foods to the growing number of low-income consumers in urban and peri-urban areas. Many of the low-income populations in cities reside in complex neighbourhoods where access to affordable safe and nutritious food is limited. This raises the question of what policies and strategies will ensure urban food and nutrition security among low-income populations in the future. We reflect in this convening ways to improve urban food environments for healthy diets (Session 1), nutrition-sensitive food value chains (Session 2) and methods for stimulating collective behaviour change for better nutrition (Session 3). The ultimate aim of this convening is to identify emerging issues and potential innovation to build sustainable and inclusive food systems for an urbanising sub-Saharan Africa.

This convening is hosted by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, in cooperation with ICRAF and partners. It brings together research, private sector, government and civil society from across the region.

Further information and registration: Immaculate Edel ( For guests arriving from outside ICRAF kindly register not later than 6 December 2019, 12:00.

Venue and direction

World Agroforestry (ICRAF), United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi l Lundgren Auditorium. Limited parking available, no access without prior registration and presentation of identity card.