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U.N.-Sponsored Meetings Address Food Security, Nutrition In Africa

“Strengthening ecosystems is key to helping local farmers in Africa adapt to climate change and ensuring that they produce enough food to meet people’s nutritional needs, participants decided at the end of an international United Nations-organized conference in Kenya,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The conference, convened [in Nairobi] by the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), other U.N. agencies, governments and partners, explored ecosystem-based approaches to enhance food security, ecosystem productivity and climate change adaptation in Africa,” according to the news service (8/26). At another conference beginning in Nairobi today, the U.N. System Network for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) is “bringing together experts from various U.N. agencies working on the continent to drive forward the fight against undernutrition,” according to a joint U.N. agency press release. “More than 100 participants from 17 African countries, as well as regional and global representatives from various United Nations agencies, will share their knowledge and discuss ways of strengthening joint action at country level to tackle nutrition deficiencies across Africa,” according to the press release (8/26).