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Food systems for new realities - Agri4D 2021

Welcome to the online conference Agri4D 28-30 September

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Organised by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI), with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). 




Plenary keynote speakers

Ana María Loboguerrero

Dr. Loboguerrero has more than 12 years’ experience of working on climate change challenges. As Research Director of Climate Action for the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Dr. Loboguerrero provides strategic leadership in order to mainstream climate action in food systems for adaptation and mitigation. Dr. Loboguerrero also plays a major role in leadership on partnerships and capacity for Scaling Climate-Smart Agriculture as Head of Global Policy Research at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). She also manages global engagement processes and global synthesis topics, including the leadership of the Transforming Food Systems under a Changing Climate initiative, which aims to realize a transformation in food systems by mobilizing knowledge and catalyzing action.

Stephen Muchiri

Stephen is a trained professional horticulturalist with BSc and MSc degrees from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT –Kenya) and is incharge of the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation as the CEO. His role is centred around implementing EAFFs new strategic plan 2021-2028 whose focus is scaling Farmer Entrepreneurship.

Lisa Sennerby Forsse

Ms. Lisa Sennerby Forsse is Chair of the Governmental Council for Evidence Based Environmental Analyses. She is former President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) and professor in short-rotation forestry. Ms. Sennerby Forsse was the vice-chancellor of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 2006-2015 and during 2001-2006 she was the Director General of the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning. She has participated in and chaired a number of national and international agencies and councils in the area of agriculture and forestry, environment and climate change. Internationally she served as member of the CGIAR Science in 2004-2006 and vice chair of the Board of World Agroforestry, ICRAF, CGIAR  in 2017- 2020.

Martien van Nieuwkoop

Martien van Nieuwkoop is the World Bank’s Global Director for Agriculture and Food. In this capacity, Martien provides leadership to the formulation and implementation of the World Bank’s strategy and knowledge in agriculture and food, oversees the operationalization of the Bank’s vision on agriculture and food in regional and country programs, acts as senior spokesperson for agriculture and food, and manages the Agriculture and Food Global Practice.

Shirley Tarawali

Shirley Tarawali is Assistant Director General at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) based in Kenya and Chair of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock. Shirley’s portfolio includes representation, engagement within ILRI and beyond for livestock and the wider development agenda. She coordinated ILRI’s strategy process and led the inception and growth of ILRI’s portfolio on sustainable livestock advocacy and communications.  Shirley has over 30 years’ experience implementing and leading livestock research for development, has authored or contributed to over 80 publications and holds a PhD in Plant Science from the University of London.  

Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi

Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi is the Co-Director for the Centre for Transformative Agricultural and Food Systems at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He holds a BSc Honours Crop Science from the University of Zimbabwe and an MSc and PhD in Crop Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with specialisation in crop ecophysiology (plant-water relations) and crop-climate modelling. He conducts multi- and transdisciplinary research covering food systems, global environmental change and the water-energy-food nexus. His goal is to work on research and development that is dynamic, transformative, informs policy and achieves real-life impacts within impoverished communities.

Kerstin Jonsson Cissé

Mrs Kerstin Jonsson Cissé currently heads the Unit for Global Sustainable Economic Development at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and is responsible for the implementation of the strategy on Global Action for Sustainable Economic Development, which includes support for free and fair trade, agriculture, private sector development, entrepreneurship digital transformation and innovation. Prior to her current role, Mrs Cissé has, among other, worked as the Lead Policy Specialist on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security and was Country Director for the Swedish International Development Agency’s cooperation with Mali and Burkina Faso.  

Kola Masha

Kola is the Managing Director of Babban Gona. Babban Gona is part-owned by the farmers they serve and was created to specifically attract youth to agriculture and away from the looming instability of extremist groups. Prior to co-founding Babban Gona, Kola was a Managing Director and CEO of a subsidiary in the Notore Group, one of Nigeria’s leading agricultural conglomerates, where he led the development and execution of Notore’s commercial strategy across West and Central Africa.

Kola brings significant leadership experience in corporate finance, business development, sales and marketing, product development and operations, across four continents with multiple global companies, including GE, Notore and Abiomed. In addition, Kola brings extensive public sector experience as Senior Advisor to the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture. Kola has received numerous awards including being the first leader in history of a for profit social enterprise to win the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

Line Gordon

Professor Line Gordon is the Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre, a transdisciplinary research centre focusing on Sustainability Science and social-ecological resilience based at Stockholm University. Prof. Gordon's research integrates insights from resilience thinking, land use change, food systems, hydrology, and social-ecological systems. She conducts research that combines work with small scale farmers in Africa, global models of land-use and rainfall interactions, and culinary innovators. Prof. Gordon is on the board of directors of the EAT Foundation, a science-based global platform for food system transformation. She has published more than 60 research articles, including articles in PNAS, Nature, Lancet and Trends in Ecology and the Environment. Prof. Gordon has a PhD in Natural Resources Management from Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University, and carried out post-doctoral research at the CGIAR International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka.

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