Africities Day 2: Panel Discussion

Africities Day 2: Panel Discussion

18 May / 09:00-12:30. The role of secondary cities in promoting and providing durable solutions to migration and forced displacements: Co-organized with IGAD, GIZ and UCLG-Africa, this session will highlight the needs and the gaps that secondary cities are facing and how they can promote the inclusion of migrants and displaced population to support the delivery of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and international agendas, in the Horn of Africa.

Feeding Intermediary Cities: Intermediary cities as essential actors in Africa’s urban, and food system transformations

The Roles of National Governments

  • Support the creation of national urban food systems and platforms, to facilitate dialogue and participation in the policy agenda.
  • Engage city, local and sub-national governments in implementation of their national food sectors, partners or other relevant national commitments and agreements.
  • Create the enabling policy environment, policy space but also strengthen the capacities of city and local governments.


1. Thule Lenneiye, Coordinator, Agriculture Transformation Office, Kenya

I think it is critical for all the value chain actors to collaborate. We talk in our silos and we are always competing for resources. Instead we should be looking at how can we leverage all of those resources we have to then create resilient ecosystems on food systems. It is not to react to an emergency but create resilient ecosystems that will survive through a crisis. Production of fertilizer locally, your ability to localize food production, development of urban systems that are towards agro-cities. We are integrating our work, our life, to urban systems. So that communities especially in the slum areas can produce their own food. They can have more nutritious food, and then you’re looking at aquaculture. It is upto to our local leaders, communities to ensure that you have created something that is more resilient.