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April 23, 2018: Agricultural development: Smart investing for global food security

Brookings Institute hosts a panel of experts to discuss how best to address food insecurity and reduce extreme poverty in low-income countries through empowerment of rural farmers.   Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will discuss actions that IFAD can take to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals' target of doubling small-holder productivity.  Other panelists will address the changes needed to institutions, markets, and other investments to transform the agrifood system in the developing world. 

Location: Washington, DC, US

Event website - Brookings

May 7-11, 2018: Milan hosts Seeds&Chips, the Global Food Innovation Summit

Milan is hosting the 4th edition of Seeds&Chips, the Global Food Innovation Summit. 

The summit will showcase exhibitors, talents, and cutting-edge solutions for the agri-food business from around the world. The initiative is a follow-up on the Expo Milan 2015, and it aims to become one of the flagship food events at a global level. Seeds& Chips is designed to promote food innovation by bringing together the most important stakeholders from food-production chains, boosting communication (also by means of digital platforms), and promoting exchanges of information and knowledge, as well as opportunities to cooperate.

Last year former United States President Barack Obama delivered a keynote speech. This year speakers include Howard Shultz, Executive Chairman of Starbucks , and John Kerry, the 68th U.S. Secretary of State. 

Website - Seeds&Chips

May 31-June 1, 2018: Foundation of the French Academy of Medicine hosts international forum on innovation for health

Foundation of the French Academy of Medicine (FAM) is organizing at UNESCO  the international forum FAMx Paris 2018, which will focus on "reverse innovation for health".  Over 40 speakers will take the stage to discuss innovations coming from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and emerging countries that have the potential to address three major issues facing developed health systems: 1) regions with too few physicians; 2) excessive healthcare costs; 3) the need to rethink the role of health professionals. 

Location: Paris, France

Registration - FAMXParis

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October 14-16, 2018: World Health Summit

Under the patronage of the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the 10th annual World Health Summit is being held in October 2018.

The conference will focus on topics including pandemic preparedness, the Sustainable Development Goals: Health in All Policies, Access to Essential Medicines, Strengthening Health Systems, Antimicrobial Resistance, and the Digital Healthcare Revolution, among others.

The Summit will bring together leaders from academia, politics, civil society, and the private sector, in order to discuss pressing global health challenges.

Location: Berlin, Germany

Event website – World Health Summit

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