The Together for Nutrition: West African Data Forum was convened in Saly, Senegal in February 2020 by a group of regional and global partners. The group comprises Transform Nutrition West Africa, an initiative of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), UNICEF, DataDENT, Countdown to 2030, Alive & Thrive, USAID, WHO, WAHO, and NIPN.
The forum brought together 93 participants from key national and regional institutions across West Africa that generate and/or use nutrition-related data. During the forum relevant country and regional experiences from participating policymakers, government staff, implementing partners, research and statistical institutes, donors, and international agencies in operationalizing the data value chain for nutrition were shared.
Participants synthesized lessons learnt for each stage of the nutrition data value chain and prioritized key actions for the region. As a result, participants from 15 ECOWAS countries, developed a common Call To Action for strengthening nutrition data value chains directed to national and regional governments, donors, UN agencies, implementing partners, and researchers.