About AgriFoSe2030

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The ultimate goal of the AgriFoSe2030 programme is to contribute to the sustainable intensification of smallholder farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia for improved food and nutrition security.

The Challenge

Despite economic growth and millions of people having been lifted out of poverty, food insecurity and a lack of nutrition remain daunting challenges in many parts of the world. The number of people suffering from hunger is on the rise, and two-thirds of the global extreme poor work hard to earn their livelihoods in agriculture.

The challenges of achieving food and nutrition security are largest in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia, where smallholder farmers provide around 80% of the food consumed. Hence, transforming smallholder farming in these regions to increase productivity, profitability and environmental and social sustainability will be a key to reaching Sustainable Development Goal 2, as well as and many other SDGs.

This transformation is, however, complex, and may have both negative and positive outcomes for large groups in society. The magnitude of the challenge increases in the face of climate change and loss of ecosystem services (including loss of biodiversity and soil fertility), which seriously threaten food and nutrition security for humanity.

Transforming smallholder systems

To reach SDG2, there is a need for a transformative agenda that includes science-based, well-crafted and, crucially, context-specific government interventions and policies, as well as improved and innovative agricultural practices.

It is therefore critical to assist countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia to develop their capacity to catalyze and govern this transition. Science and scientists have a crucial role to play in this transformation, and in supporting vulnerable and poor people in meeting future food and development demands. Science can offer technical and social solutions and support policy reform and new practices. This means going beyond academic journals and finding ways to collaborate with policymakers and practitioners to jointly frame problems, generate new knowledge, and make that knowledge relevant to specific contexts. This is what AgriFoSe2030 sets out to do.

The work of the programme entails the following:

  • Training and capacity building with researchers and other stakeholders through exchanges, courses and workshops to increase their capacity to synthesise, analyse and communicate science.
  • High-quality synthesis and analysis on smallholder farming systems that is relevant to policy and practice and tailored for key actors.
  • Innovative platforms and knowledge networks that connect scientists, practitioners, policymakers and others for knowledge exchange and action at multiple scales.

 

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Caption: A schematic illustration of how researchers from target countries and Sweden within AgriFoSe2030 collaborate and build capacity to synthesise, communicate and co-create scientific data and research findings in dialogue with various stakeholders, in support of evidence-based decision-making and improved practice, with the end goal of reaching SDG2.

Cross-disciplinary challenges

AgriFoSe2030 Phase II, which launches in November 2020, will focus on four challenges (see figure below). These challenges are at the core of Phase II and provide the platform for upcoming activities. Each challenge addresses a specific aspect of agriculture and food security in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. The challenges were chosen in dialogue with AgriFoSe2030 partners, including steering group members and researchers in the AgriFoSe2030 network representing different agricultural disciplines and regions. The theme-specific expertise from Phase I will be present in each challenge, and communication and engagement strategies will be developed on a project basis for each challenge.

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Caption: Challenges in AgriFoSe2030 Phase II. The figure illustrates the four challenges and how the AgriFose2030 expertise areas overlaps in every challenge. Communication and Engagement covers each challenge.

Here you can read more about the four challenges:

  1. Improving access to safe and nutritious food
  2. Agriculture productivity and ecosystem functions
  3. Science-based innovation and extension
  4. Smallholder agriculture in transforming systems

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Caption: A schematic illustration of how the AgriFoSe2030 programme is organised.

The AgriFoSe2030 programme is developed by a consortium of scientists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Lund University, University of Gothenburg and Stockholm Environment Institute. The programme is funded by Sida, the Swedish International Development Agency, and is starting a new four-year phase in 2020 with a budget of SEK 60 million. The programme began in November 2015 with its first phase, which ended in June 2020. AgriFoSe2030 is hosted by SLU Global at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

 

Facts:

The AgriFoSe2030 programme is developed by a consortium of scientists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Lund University, University of Gothenburg and Stockholm Environment Institute. The programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), and is starting a new phase in 2020 with a budget of 60 MSEK over a four-year period. The programme started in November 2015 with its first phase, which ended in June 2020. AgriFoSe2030 is hosted by the unit Agricultural Sciences for Global Development, SLU Global.

Read a brief about AgriFoSe2030

 


Contact

Portrait photo of a woman, photo.Sofia Boqvist, Associate Professor

Programme Director of AgriFoSe2030
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, SLU
Phone: +46 18-67 23 88, +46 72-240 34 94
E-mail: Sofia.Boqvist@slu.se

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Anneli Sundin

Anneli Sundin

Communications lead, AgriFoSe2030
SEI, Stockholm Environment Institute
Telephone: +46 702 454 646
E-mail: anneli.sundin@sei.org

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