Round Table Meeting

In October and November 2020, FAO and Tufts convened a technical series of four webinars that reviewed and discussed the drivers of malnutrition in Africa’s drylands, and how the response should be shaped based on an adapted conceptual framework.

During a round table meeting on December 10, 2020, FAO and Tufts will present highlights from the technical series and lead a discussion with representatives from resource partners and UN agencies. This discussion will focus on how to shape the response and develop a collective process to address the basic drivers of malnutrition in Africa’s drylands as part of a multi-systemic approach to address persistent acute malnutrition that takes forward the Global Action Plan on Wasting.


Welcome addresses

  • Dominique Burgeon, Director, Office of Emergencies and Resilience, FAO
  • Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

UN partners’ addresses

  • WHO: Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development
  • UNHCR: Mamadou Dian Balde, Deputy Director, Division of Resilience and Solutions
  • UNICEF: Saul Guerrero, Senior Nutrition Advisor
  • WFP: Allison Oman, Acting Director of Nutrition
  • FAO: Nancy Aburto, Deputy Director, Food and Nutrition

Presentation on adapted framework

  • Helen Young, Professor and Research Director, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University


  • Bibi Giyose, Senior Officer for Nutrition and Food Systems, New Partnerships for Africa’s Development
  • Dr Maïmouna Diop Ly, Chief Health and Social Protection Officer, African Development Bank
  • Christine Jost, Global Health Security Initiative III Program contractor working with USAID/BHA


Wrap up

  • Anna Lartey, Director, Food and Nutrition, FAO


  • Gregory Gottlieb, Director, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
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