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Researchers from 13 countries discuss food safety at SLU

Published: 25 October 2017
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Researchers from sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia are trained in how to transform research in food security into practice at an ongoing AgriFoSe2030 course at SLU. The course aims to find ways on how the participants can, as researchers, influence change processes in society.

A week long course is currently taking place, from 23rd to 27th of October, at SLU (Ultuna Campus) as part of the AgriFoSe2030 programme with 20 experts in animal production, ranging from insect farming to aquaculture.

A keen interest in policy and practice

The participants come from 13 different countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia and are handpicked from the network of the programme due to their interest in policy and practice engagement.

In the course, the participants are trained in how to transform research into practice, and how they can, as researchers, influence change processes in society. They will also get a crash-course in systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

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The participants in the AgriFoSe2030 course. Photo: Cajsa Lithell.
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Participants discuss how to transform research into policy and practice. Photo: Cajsa Lithell.
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Heated discussions on how researchers can influence change processes in society. Photo: Cajsa Lithell.

Securing a sustainable food production to an increasing population

– This training is one of many steps of AgriFoSe2030 in achieving its ultimate goal: to secure and increase a sustainable food production for an increasing global population. I’m very happy we have that many participants from such diverse regions and countries,” Sofia Boqvist, one of the course coordinators, said.

The energy is high and participants are very motivated to learn new thinking.

– I really appreciated looking at the assumptions we make in the change processes step by step, that way I became more aware of them. I also realised it requires many brains together to realise who and what you wish to change, you can’t sit and do these reflections on your own,” one participant explained.

Written by Anneli Sundin, AgriFoSe2030 Communication and Engagement.

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Contact

Sofia Boqvist, Associate Professor

Programme Director of AgriFoSe2030
Theme leader of Theme 4 in AgriFoSe2030
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, SLU
PO Box 7028, SE-750 07 Uppsala
Phone: +46 18-67 23 88
Mobile: +46 72-240 34 94
Sofia.Boqvist@slu.se

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