3rd Africa Food Environment Research Network (FERN2023) Meeting

Theme: Facilitating the identification, collation and valorisation of food environment research, policy, and practice in Africa 


Thank you for your interest in the 2023 FERN Meeting. Following are the latest updates:

  • Format: This meeting is fully virtual
  • Registration: Will close on 31 Nov 23:59 GMT+0
  • Zoom details will be shared will registered participants only
  • All times are in GMT+0/Ghana time
  • Use this Time Converter to know the corresponding time in your region
  • Program: Download it HERE
Program Details

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FERN2023 Speakers (will be updated)
Day 1: Food environments research, policy, and practice in Africa (select practice exemplars)

Day 2: Monitoring our commitments, and our food environments/systems transformation efforts


Day 3: Capacity building and open fora


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We are no longer accepting abstracts.

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Contact Information


FERN Initiative & MEALS4NCDs Project

Peter Delobelle PhD.

Principal Investigator of FoodSAMSA at
the Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa,
University of Cape Town  

E-mail: peter.delobelle@uct.ac.za/ foodsamsa@mrc.ac.za

Amos Laar, PhD.

Project Principal Investigator of the
MEALS4NCDs Project at the School of Public Health University of Ghana

E-mail: alaar@ug.edu.gh /

Funding Acknowledgement

FERN was made possible by the MEALS4NCD project funded by IDRC.


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Social media toolkit

This section contains material that you can use to promote FERN2023 within your network. They will be updated progressively.

Thanks for your support.

Graphics on open registration & call for abstracts (Magnified image HERE)

Graphics on the call 4 abstract (Magnified image HERE)

Graphic on special call for panellists and keynote speakers (Magnified image HERE)

Standard messages  for spreading the word about  FERN2023 (see below)


I/we reach out to you on behalf of the Africa Food Environment Research Network (FERN) Secretariat to invite you to this year's FERN2023 happening online in November. The theme for FERN2023 is:

Facilitating the identification, collation and valorisation of food environment research, policy, and practice in Africa. 

Please note that registration and the call for abstracts are now OPEN and you can visit the FERN2023 webpage to:

  • Know about the key dates for FERN2023
  • Know about topical areas for the abstract-driven session & submit an abstract
  • To register
  • For material (graphics) to help spread the word

Anything you need to know about FERN2023 is available on this webpage

For any inquiries about FERN2023, please email dialogues@meals4ncds.org.

Best regards