CoSAI held a Round Table at the AGRF Summit on September 7th, 2020 on the topic of: "Sustainable Agricultural Intensification to Feed the Cities and Grow Africa".
Click HERE to watch the recording of the AGRF sesssion.
Round Table: Sustainable Agricultural Intensification to Feed the Cities and Grow Africa, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 13:00 – 14:00, Kigali time (GMT +2)
Introduction – Ruben G. Echeverria, CoSAI Chair, Sr. Research Fellow International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Round table discussion of 5 key topics:
What are the rural-urban links that need to be strengthened to sustainably feed African cities?
David Simon, Professor of Development Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London
What will future agricultural systems in Africa require in terms of innovation in SAI, given rapid urbanization?
Irene Annor-Frempong, Director for Research and Innovation at the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
How can innovation best be supported to achieve the priority environmental objectives of SAI in Africa?
Alice Ruhweza, Regional Director for Africa at the WWF
What are the perceived priorities for the major investors in innovation in SAI, and how they may need to change?
Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Director of the East and Southern Africa Division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
What are the major policy constraints to generating and adopting innovation in SAI, and how can these be overcome?
Madiodio Niasse, formerly Director of the Secretariat of the International Land Coalition (ILC)
Question/Answers from the virtual audience
Moderator: Jennifer Baarn, Head of Partnerships at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)