IAFN Updates

CFS 45 is from 15 – 20 October 2018 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The draft CFS 45 Agenda and Timetable will be shared as soon as they become available on the CFS webpage. 

The call for CFS 45 Side Events is running until end of June, with an internal deadline of March 28. Those interested in hosting side events should fill out the CFS45 Side Event Application Form. Supplemental information for IAFN / PSM members is available on the CFS Guidelines for Prospective PSM Side Event Organizers

The Africa Food Prize is the preeminent award recognizing an outstanding individual or institution that is leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa—from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives.

Open Innovation in Agrifood Programme launches the 2017 International Call for Solutions on innovation in the agrifood sector, targeted at people, entrepreneurs, NGOs, cooperatives, and businesses. They are looking for new products, services, business models and technologies aimed at promoting economic, environmental and social sustainability in the agrifood industry.

First, I would like to thank all those who, in diverse ways, made it possible for me to attend the FAO Regional Biotech Conference for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At the conference, most of the presenters painted a gloomy picture of agricultural production in Africa.

2017 has been another action-packed year in the field of food security and farmer empowerment. Join Farming First in looking back on some of the most important moments throughout the year, featuring many of our supporters and partners (pay special attention to #4!).

The Africa Regional Biotech Conference for Africa was a great opportunity to network with different stakeholders in biotechnology and share ideas on how Africa can harness the enormous opportunities that the technology presents in transforming the agricultural landscape and livelihoods of farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

A few weeks ago, I got an amazing opportunity to participate in the FAO Regional Biotech Conference for Africa in Ethiopia. I had always dreamt of visiting the African Union conference Centre: I can’t think of any other place on the continent where the most influential leaders gather to discuss policy, so for me it was very significant to sit in the same seats that Africa Union Heads of State gather to discuss the most important issues in Africa. 

Attending and participating in the “FAO Regional Meeting Biotech Conference for Africa” was a great opportunity to meet and interact with all different types of people—Governmental and Non-Governmental representatives, scientists, farmers, the private sector and civil society organizations--and others. It was also a learning experience on the inconsistencies present in this community. 

I attended many sessions at the Africa Regional Biotech conference. Here are a few that really caught my attention:

I am an agricultural plant biotechnologist from Kenya, and I had the opportunity last month to attend the FAO Africa Regional Biotech Meeting in Addis Ababa. Most farmers in Africa are still skeptical of agricultural biotechnologies as a tool for food and feed production. Therefore, there is huge demand for awareness creation among farmers.

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