30 November AIFSC launch

Welcoming Addresses

Growing Africa’s Future

Ministerial Opening

Australia’s commitment to Growing Africa’s Future and The AIFSC

Understanding African Agriculture

AIFSC Strategy - Panel Dialogue Session

PANEL 1 - Sustainable and productive farming systems

PANEL 2 - Markets, policies and social systems

PANEL 3 - Food nutrition and safety

PANEL 4 - Education, training and capacity building

Closing Session

The whole conference was filmed and you find each session below, alternatively, you can see them all here.

Opening and Keynote Session

Chair: Ms Joanna Hewitt

Welcoming Addresses

  • Welcome to Country
  • Ms Joanna Hewitt, AO, Chair, Commission for International Agricultural Research

Opening address

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs Statement of H.E Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
  • The Hon. Professor Peter Mwanza, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Malawi
  • The Hon John Mututho, Member of Parliament, Kenya National Assembly delegate for the Agriculture Minister of the Republic of Kenya
  • Ms Marcela Libombo, Delegate of Ministry of Agriculture, Mozambique
  • Dr Jean Jacques Mbonigaba Muhinda, Director General and delegate for Rwanda Agriculture Board, Rwanda
  • Dr Julius Mukalazi, Director of Research, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), and delegate for the Agriculture Minister of Uganda
  • Ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila, Ambassador for the Republic of Zimbabwe, delegate of the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

 

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Growing Africa’s Future

  • Professor Monty Jones, Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and co-winner of 2004 World Food Prize

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Ministerial Opening

  • Senator The Hon Bob Carr



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Australia’s commitment to Growing Africa’s Future

  • Mr James Batley, Deputy Director General, Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)

The Australian International Food Security Centre



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Understanding African Agriculture

Chair: Ms Mellissa Wood

An overview of analysis undertaken for the AIFSC

  • Dr Siwa Msangi, Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and AIFSC Project Coordinator for “Strategic Foresight for African Agriculture”
  • Dr Dennis Garrity, United Nations Dryland Ambassador, and AIFSC Project Coordinator for “Farming Systems, Science and Policy”



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AIFSC Strategy - Panel Dialogue Session

Chair: Dr Gabrielle Persley

PANEL 1 - Sustainable and productive farming systems

Moderator – Dr John Dixon, Principal Regional Coordinator for South and West Asia and Africa, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

  • Prof Agnes Mwang’ombe, Principal, University of Nairobi
    • Powerpoint presentation: Food and nutrition security, poverty and environmental sustainability: still a challenge in Africa
  • Dr Jimmy Smith, Director General, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Dr Brian Keating, Director, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Sustainable Agriculture Flagship
  • Dr Mulugetta Mekuria, Senior Scientist, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and SIMLESA Project Leader
    • Powerpoint presentation: Towards sustainable & productive farming systems for Africa: experiences and lessons from SIMLESA

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PANEL 2 - Markets, policies and social systems

Moderator – Mr David Nielson, Lead Agriculture Services Specialist, World Bank

  • Dr Karen Brooks, Director, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
    • Powerpoint presentation: Policies, institutions, and markets: why they matter in Africa now, and what researchers can do to help
  • Dr Vivienne Anthony, Senior Advisor, Syngenta Foundation
  • Dr Nick Vink, President, African Association of Agricultural Economists
  • Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

 

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PANEL 3 - Food nutrition and safety

Moderator – Dr Denis Kyetere, Executive Director, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)

  • Prof Judith Kimiywe, Chairperson, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Jomo Kenyatta University
  • Dr Emile Frison, Director General, Bioversity International
  • Dr Appolinaire Djikeng, Technology Manager, Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa (BecA) Hub
  • Mr Tony Rinaudo, Natural Resources R&D Advisor, World Vision
    • Powerpoint presentation: On ground project delivery: lessons for research development and ensuring adoption of outputs

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PANEL 4 - Education, training and capacity building

Moderator – Dr Denis Blight, Executive Director, Crawford Fund

  • Prof Ekwamu Adipala, Executive Secretary, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)
  • Prof Anton McLachlan, Australia Africa University Network
  • Dr Segenet Kelemu, Director, Biosciences eastern and central Africa Hub
    • Powerpoint presentation: BecA: Capacity building - empowering African scientists to solve Africa’s agricultural challenges
  • Dr Halifa Msami, Newcastle Disease Control Program Coordinator, Tanzanian Veterinary Laboratory Authority

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Closing Session

Chair: Dr Robert Bertram

Moving forward

  • Mr Rob Bertram, Director, Bureau of Food Security, USAID
  • Dr Jean Lebel, Vice-President, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada

Closing Remarks

  • Prof Monty Jones, Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  • Dr Nick Austin, CEO, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Dinner speaker

Professor Samuel M. Makinda, Professor of Politics and International Studies and the Chair of Security, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Studies at Murdoch University, Perth

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