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Advancing investments towards agrifood systems transformation in West Africa and Sahel

The FAO Sub-Regional office for West Africa (SFW) is organising its 15th annual multidisciplinary team (MDT15) meeting in hybrid mode from 28 November to 1 December 2023, in Banjul, Gambia

Taking place under the theme: 'Accelerating investments for the transformation of agrifood systems in West Africa and the Sahel,' the 15th MDT focuses on the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations' (FAO) corporate and regional initiatives, subregional priorities, and flagship programmes, with the main objective being to deliberate on how to foster effective partnerships between the FAO and stakeholders in the subregion for sustained and efficient delivery of programmes that ensure better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind. 

Interactive discussions, exchange of information and knowledge on pertinent development and partnership issues on the FAO’s work in West Africa and the Sahel both at national and supra-national levels, are hallmarks of the MDT. Moreover, FAO members, key stakeholders and partners will review the most suitable options and solutions to jointly address the challenges linked to the pressing need for the transformation of agri-food systems, and jointly identify investment opportunities and innovative financing mechanisms, while raising awareness on technology and innovation and their importance in building resilient agri-food systems in the West African sub-region. 

In addition, the meeting will also address the FAO's strategic focus to accelerate the change in the transformation of agrifood systems in West Africa and the Sahel.