April 23, 2018: The Sahel: Food security and development in an area of crisis

Norad and Noragric (the Norwegian University of Life Sciences) are co-hosting an open seminar at Litteraturhuset in Oslo. The seminar will address Norway's engagement in the Sahel, and why and how to meet food security challenges in the region. Speakers include Shai Divon, Head of Department, Noragric, NMBU; Marianne Hagen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Svein Olsen, Advisor, Norwegian Peoples Aid and the Dryland Coordination Group; Adama Coulibaly, Senior researcher, Institute d’Economie Rural, Mali. 

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website - NMBU

Norway Agriculture

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

April 24, 2018: CIGI to host lecture on earth systems and fate of humankind

The Centre of International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is hosting Australian academic Clive Hamilton of the Charles Sturt University in Canberra as he discusses how Earth has recently entered a new geological epoch due to human activities. Focusing on environmental destruction and the destabilization of Earth System processes like the carbon cycle, Hamilton will discuss the implications of these events and what it means for the future of humans.

Location: Waterloo, Canada

Event website - CIGI

Canada Agriculture

April 26, 2018: Agenda and Development Fund host breakfast seminar on food and water scarcity in the future

The Development Fund, and the Agenda think tank, at a jointly organized breakfast seminar, will be examining the question"Will there be enough food and water for everyone, with both climate change and population growth?" This will be explored in light of the one billion people worldwide currently without access to clean and safe drinking water and the increased vulnerability and conflict created by climate change.  

Speakers include: 

  • Nikolai Astrup, Minister of International Development
  • Åslaug Marie Haga, Chairman of Svalbard Global Seed Vault
  • Kristin Halvorsen, Director of Cicero
  • Lisa Sivertsen, Director of Advocacy of Norwegian Church Aid
  • Kari Helene Partapuoli, Director of the Development Fund

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website - Tankesmien Agenda (in Norwegian)

Norway Agriculture Nutrition

May 1, 2018: Canadian launch of 2018 Global Food Policy Report

The International Development Research Centre, CGIAR’s International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Global Affairs Canada host the Canadian launch of the 2018 Global Food Policy Report.  The event will include a presentation of the report’s findings, followed by a panel discussion with representatives from USC Canada, Global Affairs Canada, McGill University, and CGIAR’s IFPRI.  The panel is expected to focus on the findings of the report, issues facing global food systems, and the impacts on women and girls.

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Event website – IDRC

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 9, 2018: Australian ODA budget seminar

The Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University will hold its annual ODA budget analysis on May 9. Notably, Professor Stephen Howes, Director of the Development Policy Centre, will speak on assessing the ODA outcomes of Australia’s 2018/19 budget. Australia's federal budget will have been delivered by the Treasurer the previous evening.

The breakfast seminar will focus on the ODA budget and trends in Australia and overseas. This will cover both non-government and government aid.

The seminar is relevant to academics, NGOs,  and officials, as well as students.

Location: Canberra, Australia 

Event website - Development Policy Centre, ANU

August 12, 2018: Annual Australian parliamentary seminar on agricultural research to focus on better nutrition

Australia’s major annual conference advocating international agricultural research will be held by the Crawford Fund in  August 2018.  The conference will focus on the agriculture, food, nutrition, and health nexus. This conference attracts researchers, advocates, officials, students, and significant numbers of members of the Australian Parliament each year.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Event website - Crawford Fund

Australia Agriculture Nutrition

August 26-31, 2018: World Water Week in Stockholm

World Water Week is the annual event for global water issues, hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm. The theme for the 2018 Water Week is “Water, ecosystems, and human development”.

In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organizations from 135 countries participated in the Water Week.

Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators, and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries are expected to come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking, and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Event website - World Water Week  


Sweden Agriculture