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Agri4D2021 is under way!

Published: 28 September 2021
On the screen you can see one of the key note speakers from this morning Ana María Loboguerrero, Research Director of Climate Action for the  Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, talking to the moderator Matthew Fielding (SIANI). Photo: Agnes Bondesson

Starting from today until 30 September the online conference Agri4D2021 brings together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to engage within this year's theme “Food Systems for New Realities”. More than 600 participants from 75 countries have registered.

The online conference offers presentations by keynote speakers, panel and round table discussions, presentations of projects, as well as a chance to talk to and network with scientists and others working with questions regarding food systems.

In her opening speech this morning, SLU’s Vice-Chancellor Maria Knutsson Wedel talked about the fact that our food systems are in desperate need to be transformed and adapted to the new realities that we live in:

It is easy to understand this year’s conference theme Food systems for new realities. We live in a rapidly changing world and there is an increased urgency and knowledge that we need to tackle inequalities, climate change and biodiversity loss" said Maria Knutsson Wedel.

"Agri4D connects the knowledge frontiers of science to policy making and practice. I hope that the conference will spark new collaborations because collaboration is greatly needed. With the discussions here at Agri4D, we all play an important role of insuring that the transformation of food systems is accelerated and driven forward. To address the challenges of food systems in a context of a global world and low-income context, and to progress towards a sustainable and juste food systems; researchers, policy makers and practitioners need to meet and collaborate actively”, the vice-chancellor continued.

Today's take-aways

Some of the take-aways from today are:

  • Partnerships are crucial for acheivement of sustainable food systems
  • We should move to measure success of research in terms of how society benefits
  • We need to work to de-risk smallholder farms and value chains

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About Agri4D

Agri4D is a conference about Agriculture for Development organised every two years by SLU Global at 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). 

News article about Agri4D from 24 September.