Towards a Food Secure Future: Lessons from CIFSRF and beyond

Dada Falilthou tends to her amaranthus field.

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Event date:
October 03, 2018 to October 04, 2018
Location:
Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
200 Coventry Rd
Ottawa, ON
Canada
Time:
9:00am - 5:00pm

Join IDRC and Global Affairs Canada for a special two-day event showcasing the work of the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).

“Towards a Food Secure Future: Lessons from CIFSRF and beyond” celebrates the exceptional results from nearly a decade of Canadian development research funding to improve food security and nutrition in some of the world’s most vulnerable areas.

Over the course of two packed days, a diverse range of cross-sector experts and experienced stakeholders will explore how CIFSRF’s results can inform and improve global food systems, including the role of women and girls in enacting change.

These specialists — from researchers and policymakers to smallholder farmers and civil society representatives — will show how CIFSRF has impacted the lives of women and men living in the Global South, and the critical role played by Canadian research investments. A series of dedicated panels will highlight discoveries and lessons from the CIFSRF experience across six key thematic areas:

  • Sustainable agricultural production
  • Nutrition and health outcomes
  • Market access and income for small-scale farmers
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Scaling up innovations for impact
  • Gender equality in agriculture and food security

Then, in the CIFSRF Marketplace, learn first-hand about some of the many innovations developed over the course of the program, including new livestock vaccines, improved fisheries, climate-resistant seed varieties, low-cost machinery to reduce women’s drudgery, and special nutrient-fortified salt and oil.

Agenda

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3

8:30-9:00            Registration

9:00-10:30          Official welcome and CIFSRF’s story
Kamal Khera, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development
Jean Lebel, President of IDRC
Dominique Charron, Director, Agriculture and Environment, IDRC  

Masters of Ceremony:
Renaud De Plaen, Program leader for CIFSRF and Agriculture and Food Security, IDRC
Frank Schneider, Deputy director, Environment and Climate Action, Global Affairs Canada

10:30-10:40        Break

10:40-12:00       Session 1: Sustainable agricultural production

Facilitator:
Innocent Butare, CIFSRF Senior program specialist, IDRC

CIFSRF project experts:
Roshan Pudaisani, former Principal investigator (Nepal, Sustainable Agriculture Kits)
Alfred Kojo Yeboah, former Project coordinator (Ghana, ICT extension services)
David Wallace, former Principal investigator (South Africa, livestock vaccine)

Panel experts:
Isabelle Vandeplas, Program development officer, CECI
Etienne Hainzelin, President’s advisor, CIRAD

12:00-12:15        In our words: A farmer’s perspective
Sao Tha from Trameng village, Cambodia (homestead food production)

12:15-13:00       Lunch

13:00-14:20       Session 2: Nutrition and health outcomes

Facilitator:
Annie Wesley, CIFSRF Senior program specialist, IDRC

CIFSRF project experts:
Sue Horton, former Principal investigator (Tanzania, fortified oil)
Nguyen Do Huy, former Principal investigator (Vietnam, food processing)
Teresa Mosquera,  former Principal investigator (Colombia, potatoes)

Panel experts:
Paula Tenaglia, Director of Operations, Action Against Hunger
Lynnette Neufeld, Director, Knowledge Leadership, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

14:20-14:30        In our words: An emerging researcher’s perspective
Alejandra Álvarez, Researcher from Colombia (potatoes)                       

14:30-14:50        Break

14:50-15:05        In our words: A farmer’s perspective
Ana Aguilera Paticú from Yapacani, Bolivia (Fish for food) 

15:05-16:25        Session 3: Market access and income for small-scale farmers
                       
Facilitator:

Marwan Owaygen, Senior program specialist, IDRC 

CIFSRF project experts: 
Gregor Reid, former Principal investigator (Africa, fermented foods) 
Karthikeyan Muniappan, former Principal investigator (India, small millets) 
Clement Adeebooye, former Principal investigator (West Africa, fertilizer micro-dosing) 

Panel experts:  
Anne Mbaabu, Director, Market access program, AGRA 
Gifty Blekpe, Women’s empowerment program coordinator, CARE Ghana 

16:25-17:00        Closing remarks
Renaud De Plaen, Program leader for CIFSRF and Agriculture and Food Security, IDRC
Frank Schneider, Deputy Director, Environment and Climate Action, Global Affairs Canada

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4

8:30-9:00             Registration

9:00-9:30             Welcoming remarks
Santiago Alba Corral, Associate director, Agriculture and Food Security, IDRC 

Masters of Ceremony:
Renaud De Plaen, Program leader for CIFSRF and Agriculture and Food Security, IDRC
Frank Schneider, Deputy Director, Environment and Climate Action, Global Affairs Canada

9:30-10:50          Session 4: Collaborative Partnerships

Facilitator:
Wendy Manchur, CIFSRF program officer, IDRC  

CIFSRF project experts:  
Hortense Atta Diallo, former Principal investigator (Ivory Coast, coconut)
Andrew Potter, former Principal investigator (Kenya, CBPP vaccine) 
Jayasankar Subramanian, former Principal investigator (India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, nanotechnology) 

Panel experts: 
Anne Gaboury, President and CEO, Développement international Desjardins 
Ignacia Fernandez, Executive director, RIMISP  

10:50-11:00        Break

11:00-11:10        In our words: An emerging researcher’s perspective
Hussien Mohammed Beshir, Researcher from Ethiopia (pulses) 

11:10-12:10        Exhibition and Marketplace

12:10-13:10        Lunch

13:10-13:25        In our words: A farmer’s perspective
Viola Winnie Busingye from Uganda (fermented foods) 

13:25-14:45        Session 5: Scaling up innovations for impact

Facilitator:
Marco Rondon, Senior program specialist, IDRC  

CIFSRF project experts: 
Pierre Akponikpe, former Principal investigator (West Africa, fertilizer micro-dosing) 
Meena Jadhav, former State program manager (India, double fortified salt) 
Andrew Msolla, former Principal investigator (Tanzania, legumes) 

Panel experts:  
Richard Kohl, Strategy and scale expert, CLSS 
Seerp Wigboldus, Senior advisor and researcher , Wageningen University Centre for Development Innovation

14:45-15:00        Break

15:00-15:10        In our words: An emerging researcher’s perspective
Crystal Karakochuk from Nepal (Sustainable Agriculture Kits) 

15:10-16:30        Session 6: Gender equality in agriculture and food security

Facilitator:
Jemimah Njuki, Senior program specialist, IDRC 

CIFSRF project experts:  
Ramona Ridolfi, Gender expert (Cambodia, homestead food production)
Carol Henry, former Principal investigator (Ethiopia, pulses) 
Veronica Hinojosa, Gender expert (Bolivia, Fish for Food) 

Panel experts:
Franz Wong, Senior advisor, KIT Royal Tropical Institute
Sonia Laszlo, Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University
Sophia Huyer, Gender and social inclusion research leader, CGIAR 

16:30 – 17:00         Reflections drawing from group discussion summaries
Santiago Alba Corral, Associate director, Agriculture and Food Security, IDRC 

Closing remarks:
Caroline Leclerc, Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada
Dominique Charron, Director, Agriculture and Environment, IDRC  

Additional details

Lunch and refreshments will be served on October 3 and 4.

French and English simultaneous interpretation will be available. The event venue is fully accessible.

This event will be live streamed and posted on IDRC's YouTube channel and Global Affairs Canada's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Register now to attend “Towards a Food Secure Future: Lessons from CIFSRF and beyond”. (Free, but spaces are limited)

Learn more about CIFSRF’s achievements and impact.

About CIFSRF

CIFSRF is an IDRC program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada. Over the course of nine years, this CA$124 million fund supported 39 projects in 24 countries across the Global South.