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30 January 2020

SIANI Annual Meeting 2020

We invited our members and friends to interact with each other and provide input for the SIANI work plan for the year ahead.

Photo: Wiratgasem / GettyImages. ©

The SIANI Annual Meeting of 2020 focused on the effective inclusion of rural youth and explored different ways to increase the interest and participation of youth in the food system as well as the connections between young people, food security and agriculture.


From 30 January 2020 at 08:45 to 30 January 2020 at 15:00


Venue Bygget,
Norrlandsgatan 11, 4th floor

Hosted by

Anna Ioannou,


Relevant Content
17 February 2020
By youth, for youth and with youth: True inclusion of rural youth

Hans-Olof Ståhlgren, Coordinator for The Swedish Rural Network, speaks about youth inclusion at SIANI Annual Meeting 2020.

17 February 2020
How can we work practically to ensure effective inclusion of rural youth?

Franscesca R. Romana from IFAD speaks at the SIANI Annual Meeting 2020

17 February 2020
Perspectives from rural youth in Burkina Faso

Hanna Sinare, researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre, presents her research on rural youth in Burkina Faso at SIANI Annual Meeting 2020.

17 February 2020
Communication is not a monologue, but a dialogue

Pius Hiwe, Commuications Officer at YPARD speaks about communication for effective youth inclusion at SIANI Annual Meeting 2020.

17 February 2020
Looking back and looking forward SIANI 2020

Ekaterina Bessanova, Communications Officer at SIANI, presents past achivements and future goals for the network at the SIANI Annual Meeting 2020.


08:45 – 09:15 Breakfast and Coffee

09:15 – 09:20 Welcome to the Day
Annika Åhnberg, Chair of SIANI Steering Committee

09:20 – 09:30 Youth inclusion and Youngagement in rural Sweden
Hans-Olof Stålgren, Swedish Rural Network and Swedish Board of Agriculture

09:30 – 10:30 Effective Inclusion of Rural Youth
Francesca R. Borgia, Technical Analyst in Rural Youth, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Hanna Sinare, Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Ritah Najjemba, Agripreneur, Oikos Youth Enterprises
Liisa Smits, CEO, Ignitia Tropical Weather Forecasting
Pius Hiwe, Youth-Leader Communications Champion, Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)

10:30 – 12:00 Round Table Dialogue (Interactive)

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:00 Reporting back from Round Table Dialogue

14:00 – 14:30 Meet some of the SIANI Expert Groups of 2020
Steven Carr, CEO and Co-founder, Agripreneurship Alliance
Femy Pinto, Program Officer, Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme Asia
Annette Almgren, Co-Founder, Hidden in Grains

14:30 – 14:45 Looking Back and Looking Forward: SIANI 2020
Ekaterina Bessonova, Communications Officer, SIANI

14:45 – 15:00 Wrapping up the Day , Coffee and Networking
Madeleine Fogde, Program Director, SIANI

Moderator: Anna Ioannou, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, SIANI