Agri4D conference

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Agri4D conference

Agriculture for food security post-2015 - the role of science.

What Conference
When Sep 23, 2015 12:00 AM to
Sep 24, 2015 12:00 AM
Where SLU, Uppsala
Contact Name
Contact Phone +46(0)709-11 66 97
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At the time when the Millennium Development goals are about to expire and the new set of goals is in the final stage of negotiations, the discussion about the role of science in agricultural development and food security is highly relevant. A lot has changed since the year 2000 when the first MDGs were formulated. Experts are now advocating for a paradigm shift that would bring the North and the South together, defining attainable objectives for an equal and a productive partnership, based on mutual interdependence. Food security based on sustainable agriculture can provide common grounds for such partnership. Implementation of the SDGs will not only require substantial political efforts, but will also need rigorous scientific advice. Agriculture for Development Conference 2015 will explore the role of science for agriculture and food security post 2015.

Aim and target groups

This conference is a forum for balanced and science-based discussions about the ways forward, and on how multidisciplinary agricultural sciences can contribute to the discussion on the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
This is a two-day event for researchers and professionals who work with and/or interested in agriculture for development. PhD students, senior scientists, experts from social, political, soils, crops, natural resources and animal science, economy, forestry, horticulture, veterinary medicine etc. are encouraged to participate.
Participation in the conference is free of charge. However, we advise you to search for funds to cover your travel and accommodation expenses during your visit to Uppsala.

Keynote speakers and sessions

Keynote speakers of the conference include John McDermot (Director for CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, IFPRI); Kostas Stamoulis, Director ESA, FAO, Rome; Margaret Kroma, Assistant Director General – Partnerships & Impact, World Agroforestry Centre, ICRAF; Christel Cederberg  (Professor at the Department of Energy and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden); and Jim Sumberg (Research fellow, Institute of Development Studies – IDS. University of Sussex, UK).
We will have four parallel sessions with regional geography topics during the first day, and three parallel thematic sessions during the second day. A short poster session will take place on the first day. For more detailed information, please see the attached conference program.

Additional info on Agri4D - 2015

Participation in the conference is free of charge. However, we advise you to search for funds to cover your travel and accommodation expenses during your visit to Uppsala.

Registration is open until 23 August 2015. 

Notification on acceptance will be given by June 15, 2015.

For further information, please consult the Agri4D event webpage.

If you have any additional questions, please contact:

Margarita Cuadra, SLU

Maria Göthberg, Focali 


Day 1.

Agriculture for food security post-2015: Global and regional perspective

- Post green revolution possibilities and challenges ahead in South and South-East Asia

- Transforming subsistence farming into commercial enterprises: the changing face of eastern and southern African agriculture

- West Side Story: threats and opportunities for livelihoods in West Africa?

- Challenges and opportunities for reducing inequalities and protecting ecosystems in Latin America and the Caribbean


Day 2.

Agriculture for food security post-2015: Exploring the issues

- Sustainable intensification in agriculture

- Expowering women and youth in agriculture

- Improving access to markets and developing value chains 


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