Agricultural Research for Development Conference 2015

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Agricultural Research for Development Conference 2015
23 September, 2015 (All day) - 24 September, 2015 (All day), Uppsala Sweden

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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.

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.

Downlaod Conference Information Package


DAY ONE: Wednesday September 23
Agriculture for food security post-2015: A global and regional perspective

  • 08:15-08:45 Registration and coffee
  • 08:45-09:00 Welcome and opening                                 
  • 09:00-10:30 Keynote speakers: John McDermot, Director for CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, IFPRI; Christel Cederberg, Professor at the Department of Energy and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology. 
  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00-12:15 Poster session
  • 12:15-13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15-17:15 Parallel sessions with regional focus, Coffee break 14:45-15:15.
  1. Post green revolution possibilities and challenges ahead in South and South-East Asia. Session leaders: Ewa Wredle, SLU; Eskil Mattsson, Chalmers University
  2. Transforming subsistence farming into commercial enterprises: The changing face of eastern and southern African agriculture. Session leaders: Ivar Virgin, SEI; Matthew Fielding, SIANI.
  3. West Side Story: Threats and opportunities for livelihoods in West Africa? Session leaders: Per Knutsson, GU; Madelene Ostwald, GU; Ulrik Ilstedt, SLU.
  4. Challenges and opportunities for reducing inequalities and protecting ecosystems in Latin America and the Caribbean. Session leaders: Torsten Krause, LU; Kristina Marquardt, SLU; Margarita Cuadra, SLU.
  • 17:15-19:00 Reception & mingle

DAY TWO Thursday, September 24
Agriculture for food security post-2015: Exploring the issues

  • 08:15-08:45 Coffee served
  • 08:45-12:15 Thematic  sessions, Coffee break 10.30-11.00
  1. Sustainable intensification in agriculture. Session leader: Ulf Magnusson, SLU
  2. Empowering women and youth in agriculture. Session leader: Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, LU; Jim Sumberg, IDS
  3. Improving access to markets and developing value chains. Session leader: Kostas Karantininis, SLU
  • 12:15-13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15-13:30 Welcome to Day 2
  • 13:30-15:00 Keynote speakers: Kostas Stamoulis, Director of ESA, FAO; Margaret Kroma, Assistant Director General – Partnerships & Impact, World Agroforestry Centre, ICRAF; Jim Sumberg, Research fellow, Institute of Development Studies, IDS & University of Sussex.
  • 15:00-15:30 Coffee break
  • 15:30-17:00 Panel discussion with keynote speakers from Day 2

Related links:

Agricultural Research Towards the Sustainable Development Goals Conference in 2013

Agricultural Research for Development Conference - Innovations & Incentive 2012

Conference Proceedings - Agricultural Research for Development: Scales & Diversity 2011

Production and Carbon Dynamics in Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Systems in Africa – Science Needs and Deeds 2010