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Development talks

Zero hunger in a changing climate

Uppdaterad: 3 december 2015

When: Monday, January 18th, 2016
Time: 13.00 –16.00 (Note: registration from 12.30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm, Hörsalen

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By 2030, we’ll need to feed an additional billion people from the existing resources we have available on the planet. This food needs to be produced sustainably, equitably and efficiently, without causing more environmental harm for us and future generations. The question of how to do it, clearly becomes the main issue. 75 per cent of all food today comes from smallholder farmers, many of whom are also part of the global poor. This clearly implicates that agriculture has to be a central issue, if we are to tackle world poverty and food availability.

How can the world increase the availability of food without over-utilizing natural resources or increasing climate change? How can we support small holder farmers to adapt to climate change? How will climate change affect food production and what can donors like Sida do to support smallholder farmers and address their demand for technology and investment needed to adapt? Zero hunger in a changing climate is the highly topical issue for this year’s first Development Talks, organised by Sida together with Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI).

Welcome to a seminar with many distinguished guests, including David Nabarro, UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Food Security.

The event is free of charge.

Moderated by Johan L Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)



13:00 Introduction Marie Ottosson, Assistant Director General, Sida

13:15 Understanding the role of small holder farmers in the context of food security, nutrition and climate change
David Nabarro, UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition and Coordinator of the Scaling Up of Nutrition (SUN) Movement.

Towards Zero Hunger – challenges and opportunities:

13:35 Who is the African smallholder farmer?
How has farming in Africa developed during the last 15 years? African smallholder farmers and sustainable food production – trends and challenges.
Professor Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt , Team leader, Afrint, Lunds University

13:50 Is today’s research applicable to the needs of small holder agriculture?
Who is defining the research agenda? Are we asking the right questions?

Dr. Segenet Kelemu , Director, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)

14:05 Private investments for sustainable livelihoods
Why is it so difficult to make agricultural investments sustainable?
Bernard Giraud
, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Danone and co-founder of the Livelihoods Fund

14:20 Coffee and Sustainable Snacks

14:45 Film: Adaptation without borders, about food security in the face of climate change, by researchers Adam John and Magnus Benzie, SEI.

15:00 Partnerships for enhanced food security
Annika Söder, State Secretary to the Swedish Foreign Minister

15:15 Panel and Discussion.
Agenda2030: Reaching Goal 2 in 15 years – how do we make it happen?

David Nabarro, Prof. Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, Dr. Segenet Kelemu, Bernard Giraud, Annika Söder,Nils Björid Lantbrukarnas Riksförbund (LRF).

16:00 Closing of the Seminar

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