According to the FAO, there is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone. However, close to 1 billion people are hungry or undernourished. In order to feed another two billion people in 2050, food production will need to increase by 50 % globally. At the same time, about 1.5 billion suffer the effects of malnutrition being overweight or obese.
To improve food security and nutrition, the role of the small-scale farmers in the South and particularly in Africa will be crucial. Assisting a transformation of the small-scale farming systems to produce more and the development of value addition opportunities for small scale farmers will be crucial. Agenda 2030 focuses on eradicating poverty by 2030, and on “Leaving no one behind”. A crucial focus must be the rural poor who depend on agriculture and related services for their livelihoods.
We will face a tremendous pressure on these small-scale farming systems to produce more, and the question will be how to do this in a sustainable manner, and at the same time supporting those not able or ready to transform. The key challenge is therefore on how to raise productivity, while protecting the environment and supporting those losing out social support systems.
It is in this complex context that Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI) are organising the Agri4D Conference 2019 that will take place at SLU, Uppsala on 25-26 September 2019. The main aim of the conference is to promote knowledge exchange for improved sustainability and resilience in food systems.
This is a two day event for researchers and professionals working with and/or interested in agriculture research 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.
- Aslihan Arslan. Senior Economist, Results and impact division, IFAD
- Laura Hammond. Professor, SOAS Food Studies Centre, University of London
- Rohana Subasinghe . Senior researcher, WorldFish; former FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
- Eric Malezieux. Director Agroecological functioning and Performances of horticultural systems research unit (CIRAD)
- Fred M. Dzanku. Research fellow, Institute of Statistical, Social & Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana
- Moses Osiru. International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE); former member of RUFORUM; member steering committee AgriFoSe2030
- Anne Larson. Team leader for Equity, Gender and Tenure, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
- Lennart Olsson. Professor, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund University
Registration for the conference is now open! You can register to attend the full two-day conference or register for one day only. The registration fee of 400 SEK covers the coffee/tea breaks and lunches on both days and the reception and mingle at the end of day one.
Detailed information on the registration and payment, transport from the airport to the conference venue, suggested hotels, and general information about Sweden can be found in the following documents:
- Detailed information on registration and payment
- Information on transportation from the airport to the conference venue
- Some suggested hotels and special conference rates
- General information
1. Translating science into policy and practice for food security
The knowledge base within the academic sphere is to a large extent an untapped resource that could be used within policy development and practice. Researchers’ evidence-based products can challenge myths, rumors, weak policy implementations and unsustainable practices. This is particularly evident in the area of food security. However, the translation of science into policy and practice is tricky. Here we are looking forward to contributions that highlights examples of how this process can be conducted. From plot level to global scale, failures or successes, requirements or warnings – we are welcoming all contributions.
2. Yield Gaps – causes of yield gaps and how can they be smaller/closed?
Sustainable and ecological intensification are approaches to increase agricultural productivity and resilience. The general assumption is that regions where yield gaps – difference between potential and achieved yield – are large holds promise for productivity gains and increase in food security and rural livelihoods. We invite you to discuss the causes of observed yield gaps integrating biophysical and socio-economic analyses, and to explore options to bridge these gaps benefitting smallholders and the environment. E.g. research where panel data has been combined with remote sensing and detailed investigations in villages in SSA with focus on soils, management practices, labour and gender will be presented.
3. Aqua-agro farming system: A sustainable solution to food security and nutrition?
Land and water resources are getting scarcer and the global food demand is increasing. Pressure on the farmers and researchers worldwide to adopt novel methods to maximize healthy food production and reduce/recycle waste is increasing. To reach the goals of Agenda 2030 of zero hunger, it is crucial to improve aquaculture through an integrated approach. We are looking forward to research contributions on sustainable aquaculture from all scientific fields.
4. Resilient landscapes
Trees, forests and agriculture are key to reducing carbon emissions and assisting countries in adapting to the adverse effects of climate change. In addition, sustainable forest and land management provide essential ecosystem services that regulate both surface and groundwater flows. However, landscape management is complex and context-specific, it encompasses multiple objectives, stakeholders and governance levels. We welcome research contributions that elucidate the different aspects of management of water in the landscape in a flexible, adaptive and integrated manner and how water wise management and productive and multifunctional landscapes can contribute to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement.
5. Tenure reforms for inclusive rural development and food security
This session will focus on the importance of recognizing and upholding tenure rights to land and other natural resources among rural communities. In many parts of the world, collective or community forms of land tenure are gaining increased recognition. But how do community tenure rights matter for inclusive rural development and sustainable food systems? And how can the formalization of existing customary tenure rights make a difference in the competition for land and resources with other actors? Or do even tenure rights risk being rolled back? We welcome papers from research, policy and practice to a dialogue around these issues to identify experiences and ways forward.
6. Food security and migration governance
This session explores the multiple and overlapping ways in which human mobility and food (in)security interrelate. A dynamic food production sector at local, national, and regional levels will often include a significant mobile labour force, and households and populations exposed to food insecurity may use mobility as a counter-resource for longer or shorter periods of time. Contributions addressing the interplay between human mobility and food security are invited to take stock of some of these complexities, and to reflect explicitly on how policies for improving food security may be brought into dialogue with migration governance at various scales.
7. Diversified agroecological cropping systems for sustainable food systems
Agroecology is the inter- and transdisciplinary study of the ecology of food systems, aiming to provide a system-level understanding of how biological processes, biophysical and socio-economic conditions interact and influence sustainability. Diversity in time and space is a key agroecological principle for designing multifunctional cropping systems, with potential to reduce pests and weeds and at the same time improve yields, resource use efficiency, soil fertility, biological control, livelihood and resilience of agroecosystems. Diversified cropping systems may also provide food for more diverse diets, and potentially strengthen local food security. We welcome contributions about all aspect of cropping system diversification and its role in food systems.
8. Poster session
You are invited to submit an abstract to be considered for the poster session which will be held on the first day of the conference. PhD and Master students, researchers, senior scientists and experts are encouraged to submit abstracts about their research, programs, innovations, networks, or projects for presentation to a wide audience. Abstracts may address any topic relevant to the conference theme. Please note that all poster presenters are expected to do a short oral presentation.