Food and nutrition security (FNS)
Food and nutrition security was identified as the entry point given the challenges faced by African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in addressing this global challenge. Eight national universities in selected African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Niger, Senegal and Tanzania) and two regional universities; the University of the West-Indies, Trinidad and Tobago campus in the Caribbean and the University of South Pacific, Fiji, in the Pacific were nominated to join the consortium to co-develop and pilot an approach for strengthening the engagement of TAEs in FNS policy processes and improving practice. The Auditing Instrument for Food Security in Higher Education (AIFSHE) online tool is an output of the CTA/Wageningen UR/ACP university network collaboration.
Five criteria are assessed when using the AIFSHE tool. These include; the vision, capacity development efforts, existing curricula, research programmes, community network, outreach . The process is very participatory and involves faculty, students and stakeholders. The initial self-assessment provides a starting point or baseline which shows how TAEs integrate FNS into their teaching, research and outreach programmes. The report serves as the basis for determining future short-, medium and long term-goals and possible interventions. As such, the AIFSHE tool helps the TAE to set milestones and monitor progress in implementing jointly agreed policy and programmatic changes.read more
However, the AIFSHE tool is only part of the methodology developed which requires TAEs to ask the following questions and reflect on the responses, namely:
- What are the national/regional food and nutrition security (FNS) policy goals and priorities?
- What is being done within the university to address FNS including the increase in food supplies and the reduction of hunger?
- What portfolio of mechanisms and activities (including policies, capacity development efforts, existing curricula with courses, modules, research, community outreach, etc.) are already in place for addressing the prioritized FNS goals and priorities?
- How can the TAEs increase their impact in the society and thereby contribute to improving the FNS situation?