External Event
Virtual seminar

Ceres 2030 Virtual Dialogue: How are African governments responding to avert a COVID-19 hunger crisis?


With the global economy reeling from COVID- related measures, the world faces the risk of a dramatic rise in hunger and malnutrition. On April 16, 2020, the ministers from African Union member states recognized that efforts to contain the spread of the virus need to be accompanied by measures to minimize disruptions to food and agriculture systems and to support the livelihoods for all African citizens during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ceres2030 organized a virtual dialogue with African ministers on how their governments are responding to try to avert a COVID-19 hunger and malnutrition crisis. Ceres2030 is a joint initiative by IISD, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Cornell University that provides the donor community with a menu of policy options for directing their investments, backed by the best available evidence and economic models.

Dialogue set-up:
Moderators: Francine Picard Mukazi & Carin Smaller, IISD

  • H.E. Koutéra Noël Bataka, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Togo
  • H.E. Lydie Beasseamda, Minister of Production, Irrigation and Agricultural Equipment, Chad (tbc)
  • H.E. Thoko Didiza, Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, South Africa
  • H.E. Sadou Seydou, Minister of Trade and Private Sector Promotion, Niger
  • H.E. Vincent Ssempijja, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Uganda

Funding support comes from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

 The content of the webinar is mostly in French. Watch the full recording below.

Watch the webinar's full recording