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Strengthening Functional Capacities to Innovate

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The first International Forum on Strengthening Functional Capacities

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Agrinatura, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), along with the CDAIS (Capacity Building for Agricultural Innovation Systems) project team are announcing the first International Forum on Strengthening Functional Capacities to Innovate, to be held on 13-14 May 2019 in Gembloux, Belgium.

Interactive sessions will ensure knowledge sharing, learning and networking, among internationally renowned speakers and professionals from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and USA. The aim is to engage actors; individuals and organisations to share knowledge and shape actions towards a greater commitment to invest in strengthening functional capacities to innovate in food and farming systems to meet the challenges of global food security and sustainable agricultural development. Quality content and dedicated spaces will allow participants to express, exchange and initiate innovative collaboration and develop project ideas for the future. The CDAIS Forum will take place before the Agrinatura General Assembly on 15-17 May 2019, also at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech - University of Liège.

The world’s population is expected to grow from the current 7.7 billion to 8.5 billion by 2030, and 9.8 billion by 2050. But feeding these extra mouths, while essential, is not enough. There is also a need to consider the whole food systems, including the production, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal of food products and how these affect the economic, social and natural environment. Food systems rely on actors, their relationships and networks, and improving them requires people to work together within an enabling institutional framework across sectors towards sustainable solutions. There is thus a clear need for more comprehensive initiatives that can strengthen capacities to innovate at national and global scale.

“Over the past four years, the project developed, tested and validated an integrated approach to capacity development taking into account actors (individuals and organisations) and institutions (the enabling environment). We’ve worked with eight countries across the globe and which showed that our approach worked and is sustainable. We’ve engaged actors and institutions to sustain the changes achieved by the project.”

Myra Wopereis, CDAIS Global Coordinator.

“CDAIS shows there is greater impact if global partnerships such as Agrinatura and FAO work directly with key national partners from Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Laos and Rwanda.”

Carolyn Glynn, Agrinatura President.

“The Forum will provide a space to reflect on the concepts used, how they were applied and implemented and how people and organisations worked together to achieve changes at various levels in the food system. It will not only focus on CDAIS results, but will also on global initiatives especially those led by the TAP partners who applied the CDAIS common framework in their own programmes.”

Judith Francis, TAP Chair.

“The forum will also allow the policy makers from pilot countries and beyond to share their own experiences about the policy processes conducted which empowered the niche actors as well as raised awareness and understanding among policy makers about the importance of strengthening capacities to innovate.”

Karin Nichterlein, TAP Secretariat/FAO.

Experts, Students and the Media are cordially invited to attend on May 13 and 14 . Places are limited.

The full programme is available here

CDAIS Global Coordinator

Myra Wopereis

The CDAIS project is funded by the European Union. This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union

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