IAFN Updates

On July 17, 2018, the SDG Business Forum will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, in the context of the High Level Political Forum, which is running from July 9-18. The Business Forum is a multistakeholder platform to support business action and partnerships to achieve the SDGs. It fosters public-private dialogues, catalyzes new partnerships and alliances, and explores innovative business solutions to accelerate sustainable development. Over 1,000 leaders from business and government are expected to attend. Learn more here. Please mark your calendars! 

In 2014, the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition provided an opportunity to share experiences and build the evidence base on agroecology, as well as reaching a consensus on the priorities for achieving more sustainable food systems through agroecology. It also endorsed FAO’s role in supporting further implementation and promotion of agroecological approaches.

This week, from Thu through Sat (18–20 Jan 2018) several ILRI scientific directors and staff (Jimmy Smith, Shirley Tarawali, Dieter Schillinger, Lutz Merbold and Kristina Roesel) will be participating in the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), held in Berlin, Germany. This location is particularly appropriate as Germany is an important and long-standing donor to ILRI and livestock research for development in general.

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. 

Regenerative agricultural practices can decarbonize foodsystems & reduce climatechange. Let’s equip the ag indus… https://t.co/f9Q1U7RQBT
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