Communication and Engagement

Last changed: 12 July 2021
A woman on a rice field, photo.

This group aims to bridge the gap between science, policy and practice. We organise seminars and dialogues where scientists have the opportunity to interact with policy-makers and practitioners. In addition, we support compilation of AgriFoSe2030’s main outputs and disseminate them to the programme target audiences.

To contribute to smallholder transformation AgriFoSe2030 will synthesise and communicate science-based knowledge to policy-makers, practitioners and development actors working with transformation and development of the agricultural sector in countries in sub-Saharan Africa and in Southeast Asia.

As part of this process a communication and engagement group has been developed with the main aim to bridge the gap between science and policy and practice. We will support the organisation of seminars and dialogues, where scientists are being trained to interact with policy-makers and practitioners. In collaboration with the four other themes, we compile AgriFoSe2030’s main outputs and disseminate them to the programme target audiences.

To foster the science-policy dialogue the AgriFoSe2030 programme will focus specifically on following activities:

  • Form dialogue and communication forums where scientists can engage with policy-makers and practitioners on how science can best support the transformation and development of smallholder agriculture for improved food and nutrition security in low-income countries.
  • Undertake an exchange and capacity-building programme for researchers, particularly from sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, analysing and synthesising state-of-the–art science for supporting policy development and improved practises contributing to smallholder transformation.
  • Arrange training courses for researchers from sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia on how to synthesise relevant scientific data and research findings supporting smallholder transformation and how to communicate these to relevant stakeholders including practitioners, policy-makers and development actors.
  • Disseminate and communicate effectively a series of knowledge synthesis, meta-analyses and critical reviews of research related to food security, to identified target audiences.

The communication and engagement group will support the programme in all activities above and also organize a workshop-series in both target regions. The workshops will involve scientists from the other four AgriFoSe2030 themes and focus on fostering and creating opportunities for dialogue with policy-makers and practitioners. The group will also conduct a stocktaking exercise on regional initiatives working with the research-policy domain and approaches for science, policy and practitioners’ engagement and knowledge co-generation.


AgriFoSe2030 Communication and Engagement will use different channels of communication to generate dialogue around AgriFoSe2030’s publications, insights and outputs. It will generate policy briefs based on the scientific outputs of the other themes. It will also create a workshop-series involving both academia and people engaged in the field of policy and practice.