Agriculture for food security post 2015 – the role of science – Agri4D 2015
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.