Campus Ultuna, Almas allé 10, Uppsala, SLU Uppsala, Sweden

Agri4D 2017

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The Agricultural Research for Development Conference – Agri4D – is an international bi-annual event that has been held at SLU since 2011.

The conference will take place on 20-21 September and this year the theme is Rural Transformation and Urbanization

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI) are pleased to announce the Agri4D 2017 Conference. This is a two­ day event for researchers and professionals working with and/or interested in agriculture for development. Master and PhD students, senior scientists, experts from social, political, soils, crops, natural resources and animal science, economy, forestry, horticulture, veterinary medicine etc. are encouraged to participate.

Keynote speakers and sessions

Keynote speakers to the conference include Bimbika Sijapati Basnett (CIFOR), Thomas Jayne (Michigan State University - MSU), Antony Chapoto, (Indaba agricultural policy research institute - IAPRI, Zambia), Pay Drechsel (International Water Management Institute - IWMI), Nighisty Ghezae, (International Foundation for Science – IFS), Luc Mougeot (International Development Research Centre – IDRC) and Ingrid Öborn (ICRAF and SLU).

We will have three parallel thematic sessions on each day of the conference. The poster session will open on the first day. See agenda below.

Time: 2017-09-20 08:15 - 2017-09-21 17:00
City: SLU Uppsala, Sweden
Location: Campus Ultuna, Almas allé 10, Uppsala
Last signup date: 6 September 2017
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Preliminary conference program

Wednesday 20 Sept   

08.15   Registration and coffee

08.45   Welcome by organizers, and opening message by Anna-Maria Oltorp, Head of Sida's unit for research cooperation. Moderator Annika Åhnberg

09.00   Keynote speeches

  • The Rise of Medium-Scale Farms in Africa: Causes and Consequences of Changing Farm Size Distributions. Thomas Jayne, Michigan State University – MSU
  • Diverse aquaculture and its societal impacts-roles of South-south learning. Dave Little, University of Stirling, UK

10.15   Coffee break

10.45   Keynote speeches

  • Towards Sustainable Land Use: Challenges and opportunitiesIngrid Öborn, ICRAF and SLU. 

  • Addressing gender and rights in forestry sector: Lessons from CIFOR's research in developing countries.  Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, CIFOR.

12.00   Lunch

13.00   Poster session

14.15   Thematic sessions

  • Land - under pressures or dynamic changes? Session leaders: Ewa Wredle, SLU; Madelene Ostwald, GMV (Chalmers/GU) and Linköping University; Ingrid Öborn, ICRAF and SLU
  • Forests for Food Security – in the light of Equal Rights and Sustainable Resource ManagementSession leaders: Malin Gustafsson, Focali/GMV; Jenny Friman, GU.
  • Fish farming for food security, nutrition and poverty reduction. Session leaders: Anders Kiessling, SLU; Anna Norman Haldén, SLU

(Coffee break 15.30 – 15.45)

17.15-19.00     Reception (mingle)


Thursday , 21 Sept     

08.15   Coffee

08.45   Thematic sessions

  • Knowledge Based Bioeconomies – Tools for Agricultural Transformation and Rural Development. Session leaders: Ivar Virgin, SEI; Antony Chapoto, IAPRI, Zambia
  • Water in Transforming Landscapes. Session leaders: Lotta Samuelson, SIWI; Kristina Johansson, SIWI; Nighisty Ghezae, IFS
  • Urban and peri-urban agriculture, livelihoods, and food and nutrition security in the Global South. Session leaders: Magnus Jirström, LU; Beatrix Alsanius, SLU

Coffee break (10.30-11.00)

12.00   Lunch

13.00   Welcome to Day 2 by Moderator Marika Griehsel

13.15   Keynote speeches

  • Empowering developing countries: Developing the scientific capacity of young researchers to tackle global challenges. Nighisty Ghezae, Director of International Foundation for Science - IFS  
  • Sustainable Poverty Reduction: The market and economics of emerging bioeconomies in Sub Saharan Africa. Antony Chapoto, Research Director at the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), Zambia

14.15   Coffee break

14.45   Keynote speeches

  • Urban Agricultures Without Borders: Lessons, Logics and Liabilities. Luc Mougeot, International Development Research Centre – IDRC, Canada
  • Urban Agriculture between Urban Phenomenon and Urban Legend: Perspectives from Research in Africa. Pay Drechsel, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), CGIAR, Headquarters – Sri Lanka

15.45   Panel discussion with keynote speakers. Moderator Marika Griehsel

16.45   Closing of the conference 


Margarita CuadraCommunicator SIANI-SLU Global theme
Phone: +46 (0)18-671153
E-mail: margarita.cuadra@slu.se


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