Botswana—a new Compact2025 focal country—is committed to ending hunger and malnutrition. By using evidence, multisectoral partnerships, and innovation, the country has potential to achieve food security and nutrition by 2025 as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. Together with the Botswana Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security, IFPRI through its Compact2025 initiative, is pleased to host the Botswana Roundtable Discussion in Gaborone, Botswana on December 5, 2019.
Despite progress, Botswana faces challenges: 70 percent of the population faces moderate or severe food insecurity; 31 percent of children under five are stunted; and agriculture is burdened by low productivity, high water stress, and climate change. The Botswana Roundtable Discussion will gather key stakeholders working in country to address hunger and malnutrition, from government, academia, civil society, the private sector, and development partner communities.
A scoping study is underway to inform the roundtable and spark discussion. The study provides an overview of Botswana’s current food security and nutrition challenges and opportunities; the key relevant strategies, policies, and programs in place; and an assessment of knowledge, policy, and implementation gaps that hold back progress. It will be updated and finalized with inputs from the roundtable discussion, and will include recommendations and next steps.
The Botswana Roundtable Discussion follows a series of Compact2025 gatherings held in other focal countries.
Check back for updates, including the agenda, scoping study, and other meeting documentation.