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25 September 2019

Agri4D 2019: Zero hunger by 2030, our shared challenge!

Agricultural Research for Development Conference, Agri4D 2019
Zero hunger by 2030, our shared challenge! Drivers of change and sustainable food systems

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Agri4D conference

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.

Conference programme

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.

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Agri4D 2019 conference program

Keynote speakers

  • Lennart Olsson. Professor, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund University
  • Fred M. Dzanku. Research fellow, Institute of Statistical, Social & Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana
  • Rohana Subasinghe
. Senior researcher, WorldFish; former FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
  • Eric Malezieux. Director Agroecological functioning and Performances of horticultural systems research unit (CIRAD)
  • Laura Hammond. Professor, SOAS Food Studies Centre, University of London
  • Aslihan Arslan. Senior Research Economist, Research and Impact Assessment Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Anne Larson. Team leader for Equity, Gender and Tenure, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Moses Osiru. International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE); former member of RUFORUM; member steering committee AgriFoSe2030

Conference registration

Registration for the conference is closed now.

Detailed information on transport from the airport to the conference venue, suggested hotels, and general information about Sweden can be found in the following documents:


Thematic sub-sessions

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.

9. Webinar Session – Soil degradation and the SDG’s

In this webinar, we will look at the socio-economic drivers of soil degradation and explore solutions that can help achieve the SDGs related to soil health, sustainable land use and climate change.

Soils are key to sustainable development and underpin many of the SDGs, playing an important role in agriculture, land use management, poverty alleviation and ecosystem resilience. However, across the globe soil health is often overlooked, resulting in increasing rates of land degradation.

In this webinar, we will look at the socio-economic drivers of soil degradation and explore how these drivers are linked to land degradation as a whole. We will learn about the scale and geographical scope of the various (4) types of soil degradation and their consequences.

Furthermore, we will look at soil as a dynamic material that can be both the cause and the solution to many climate issues. This webinar will present tools, concepts and models related to soil carbon, soil quality and soil degradation that can help meet the Sustainable Development Goals for climate change and sustainable land use.


  • Ruth Sitienei – soil scientist at the Africa Program of the Nature Conservatory, Kenya
  • Nicholas Jarvis – Professor at the Department of Soil and Environment, SLU
  • Dagmar Henner- Ph.D. Research Student on modeling the impacts of second-generation bioenergy crops on ecosystem services, University of Aberdeen
  • Moderator – Matthew Fielding, SIANI and Stockholm Environment Institute

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From 25 September 2019 at 08:15 to 26 September 2019 at 17:00


Undervisningshuset, Almas allé 10
SLU Campus Ultuna, Uppsala

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Conference Programme:

Wednesday 25 Sept

08:15 – 08:45 Registration and coffee

08:45 – 09:15 Welcome and opening by conference organisers and Annika Åhnberg moderator for Day 1

09:15 – 10:15 Key note speeches

Lennart Olsson, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund University

Fred M. Dzanku. Institute of Statistical, Social & Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 11:45 Keynote speeches

Rohana Subasinghe
. FutureFish and former Aquaculture Management and conservation Service, FAO

Eric Malezieux. Director Agroecological functioning and Performances of horticultural systems research unit (CIRAD)

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 13:15 Keynote speech

Laura Hammond. School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS, University of London

13:15 – 14:15 Poster session

14:15 – 15:15 Thematic sub-sessions and webinar

15:15 –  15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00 Continue Thematic sub-sessions and webinar

17:00-19:00 Reception (mingle)


Thursday 26 Sept

08:15 – 09:00 Coffee

08:30 – 10:00 Thematic sub-sessions

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00 Continue Thematic sub-sessions

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13:15 Welcome to Day 2 by moderator Simon Stanford

13:15 – 14:15 Keynote speeches

Aslihan Arslan. Senior Research Economist, Research and Impact Assessment Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Anne Larson. Equity, gender and tenure team. Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR, Perú)

14:15 – 14:45 Coffee break

14:45 – 15:15 Keynote speech

Moses Osiru. International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), member steering committee AgriFoSe2030

15:15 – 16:15 Panel discussion with keynote speakers

16:15 onward Closing of the conference