Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development
5th - 8th April 2016 - Johannesburg, South Africa

Provisional Conference Program

Please note that this is a provisional program and will be updated regularly before the conference date. Please check back often for updates.

Tuesday 5th April
08:30-17:00 GFAR Partner Assembly
  GCARD3 Official Opening
17:00-17:30 Mix and Mingle - Birchwood Hotel Courtyard
18:30-18:35 Introduction from Dr. Shadrack Moephuli, President and CEO, Agricultural Research Centre, the Opening Ceremony MC
18:35-18:40 Dance Performance
18:40-18:55 Welcome to South Africa from Mr Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa
18:55-19:00 Welcome to the GCARD3 delegates from Juan Lucas Restrepo (Chair of the GFAR Steering Committee)and Martin Kropff (Director General, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT))
19:00 - 19:15 Key Note Addresses by Dr. Hamady Diop, Head of Fisheries and Aquaculture Program, NEPAD Agency
19:15 - 19:30 Key Note Addresses by Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Chief Executive, FANRPAN
19:30 - 19:35 Wrap up and invitation to join the ARC Reception
19:35-21:00 Reception and Entertainment- hosted by Agricultural Research Council South Africa - Serengeti Lapa
Wednesday 6th April
08:30-9:30

Plenary Session - OR Tambo

Welcome and Program Introduction

Report on commitments from GCARD1 and GCARD2, Mark Holderness, GFAR
Reporting from the GCARD3 engagement processes, moderated by Kwezi Atta-Krah, CGIAR
09:30-10:30

2 Keynote speeches

Strategic inclusion of youth in national, regional and global agricultural systems, Jim Cano, YPARD
Experience as a young, emerging, black, female farmer in the transforming agricultural economy in South Africa, Dimakatso Sekhoto (Nono), Makolobane Farmers Enterprises
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break & Networking
  Theme 1
Scaling up - from research to impact
Theme 2
Showcasing results and demonstrating impact
Theme 3
Keeping science relevant and future-focused
Theme 4
Sustaining the business of farming
Theme 5
Ensuring better rural futures
11:30-12:30

Chairs:
Patrick Caron, CIRAD
Co-Chairs:
Judith Francis, CTA/EFARD

Chairs:
Thomas Price, GFAR
Co-Chairs:
Dhanush Dinesh, CCAFS

Chairs:
Aissetou Yaye, ANAFE
Co-Chairs:
Wayne Powell, CGIAR CO; Shoba Sivasankar, DCL-AFS

Chairs:
Jethro Greene, CAFAN
Co-Chairs:
Salima Marzouki, Tunisian Farmer Association;
Wale Adekunle, President's Office, State House Gambia

Chairs:
Iman al Kafass, International Independent Consultant, HR and Capacity Development
Co-Chairs:
Courtney Paisley, YPARD

 

What Priorities, Targets and Impact? Shaping Global by Strengthening the Link between Regional, National and Local and How to Get There? The Challenge: Agricultural research contributing to achieve the SDGs Challenges and Perspectives for keeping Science relevant and future focused

The Challenge: Agricultural Reasearch contributing to achieve the SDGs

Setting the scene: Plenary on grass-root needs and aspirations for better rural futures

Agriculture for food security: Translating science into policy and development – Ulf Magnusson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

West Africa agricultural productivity programme - Aboubakar Njoya, CORAF/WECARD

Partnering for impact: All Malawian farmers access new orange-fleshed sweet potato varieties - Tom Remington, CIP

Soils for food security and climate change: The 4 per mille initiativeHervé Saint Macary, CIRAD

Assessing investments at national and regional level agricultural research systems and their impactsNienke Beintema, ASTI

Funding Demand Driven Research & Innovation Partnerships - Rémi Kahane and Jonas Mugabe, PAEPARD

Making ecosystem services count in achieving the SDGs - Ehsan Dulloo, Bioversity

What does the SDGs mean for agricultural research in Asia - Raghunath Ghodake, APAARI

A paradigm shift towards diversified agroecological systems - Emile Frison, IPES-Food

An Integrated CGIAR: Innovations in Science, Technology, Development and the SDGsMarianne Banziger, CIMMYT

An African Agrarian philosophy and the Sustainable Development Goals - Raymond Erick Zvavanyange, YPARD

Prioritizing research for development impact - Eike Luedeling, World Agroforestry Centre

New methodology in clustering farmers - Jethro Greene, Caribbean Farmers Network

Innovation PlatformsWole Fatunbi, FARA

Putting farmers first: Empowerment through foresight - Farmer Organizations - Elizabeth Atangana - PROPAC (TBC)

Territorial foresight for rural development - Mamy Soumaré, IER

Strengthening foresight capacity to achieve rural development – collective actions by Regional Fora - Robin Bourgeois, GFAR

No one left behind: Youth planning rural futuresJim Cano, YPARD

A shared vision of the future: Mediterranean rural communities in collective actionCharles F. Nothomb, Foundation of South North Mediterranean Dialogue

Balancing specialization and diversification to sustainably transform rural livelihoods - Jojo Baidu-Forson, Bioversity

12:30-13:30 Lunch Break & Networking - Restaurant OR Tambo

13:45-14:45

Learning from local initiatives successes and failures Round table discussions on the challenges Panel Discussion on Challenges and Perspectives for Keeping Science relevant and future focused

Linking farmers to transparent, sustainable, and profitable inputs and output markets

Framing the objectives: Round tables towards collective action
Catalyst Speakers

Building local sorghum biomass production and valorization chains in Southern France: The Interactive Innovation Model – Sophie Alami, CIRAD

Unlocking the potential of wheat for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa – Solomon Assefa, ICARDA

CGIAR capacity development framework - From local to global: Increased capacity for achieving impact at scale - Nicole Lefore, IWMI

Round table groups formulate proposals for at least one commitment to collective action on measuring impact in the context of the SDGs, to incorporate in the GCARD3 Pledge.

Panellists: Moses Osiru, RUFORUM;Jeremy Bird, IWMI; Ian Maw, APLU; MC Varshneya, Indian Agricultural Universities Association; John Kennelly, University of Alberta/ GCHERA; Didier Pilot, AGRINATURA

Main Presentation: Innovative techniques for creating success to markets - Naledi Mogowe, Brastorne Technology.

Focus areas: Sustainable profitable markets for farming at local, regional, international and value addition levels; Farmer’s participation in the value chain as equal partners; Farmer’s organization negotiation fair transaction with buyers; reducing transaction costs; involving youth and women.

Round tables facilitated by the following catalysts:
Esther Penunia, AFA;
Sonali Bisht, INHERE;
Fernando Lopez, COPROFAM
Elizabeth Atangana, PROPAC
Mohammad Ajlouni, AARINENA Botir Dosov, CACAARI
Nelson Ojijo, FARA
Maria Gardoni, Coldiretti/ YPARD Europe
Jim Cano, YPARD Asia
Mamy Soumaré, IER, Charles F. Nothomb, Federation of South North Mediterranean Dialogue

15:00-16:00

Learning from macro/ global level initiatives designed to provide an enabling environment Methods and tools: Lessons learned in measuring agricultural innovation and its impacts Strategies and Solutions for keeping science future focused

Creating enabling policy environment and ensuring adequate feedback to policy makers

Milestones, outputs and outcomes: Continued roundtables towards collective action
Catalyst Speakers

Scaling up climate solutions: Achieving impact at scale and within particular locations / contextBruce Campbell, CCAFS

Growing prosperity: Developing repeatable models - Noor Ullah, Acumen

Research impact evaluation through participatory methods: First lessons from CIRAD experience - Etienne Hainzelin, CIRAD

Prolinnova 10 Years Stocktaking on promoting innovation at local level - Laurens van Veldhuizen, KIT

10 years of YPARD: What impact can we measure from an agricultural youth network? - Marina Cherbonnier, YPARD

Women In Agricultural Research: Transforming the Gendered Landscape - Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, AWARD

Food security, irrigation and the SDGs - Chris Dickens, IWMI

Gender and Foresight for Agricultural Research and Innovation in Development – Jennie Dey de Pryck, GFAR

Foresight modelling to inform decision making for agricultural development and food securityKeith Wiebe, IFPRI

Virtual Labs  – John Kenelly, University of Alberta/GCHERA

Science, food, and society: Charting out the future role of science policy in developing-country agricultureDavid Spielman, IFPRI

Creating enabling policy environment and ensuring adequate feedback to policy makers - Karen Brooks, IFPRI
Leader of Farmers Organization.

Focus areas: Land use policy that favours farmers to avoid land grabbing. Policies that encourage human resource in agriculture. Favourable public and private sector investment policies. Gender policies targeting youth and women on agriculture. Farmer’s saving. Climate smart agriculture.

Round tables facilitated by the above catalysts on their respective topics

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break & Networking - Various Centres

16:45-18:00

Working Group session 1 Round table discussions Round table discussions

Broadening access to sustainable agricultural lending and insurance

Partnerships and resources: Continued roundtables towards collective action
 

Round table discussions: Lessons learned for achieving impact at scale and recommendations to arrive at time bound commitments over  1-3 years

Round table groups formulate proposals on AR4D tools and resources to support measurement processes, to incorporate in the GCARD3 Pledge

Defining Collective actions for Keeping science relevant and future focused

Broadening access of farmers to sustainable agricultural lending and insurance facilities - Calvin Miller, FAO Leader of Farmers Organization

Focused areas: Understanding the finances that are available for agricultural lending and insurance; Criteria for a more enabling environment for lending and agri insurance; Credit availability for youth and women.

Round tables facilitated by the above catalysts on their respective topics

18:00-19:00 Side Events:

Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA) of CGIAR: Evaluating CGIAR Partnerships – IEA consultation with partners at GCARD

Young Professionals for Agricultural Development – YPARD: YPARD, celebrating ten years of youth engagement in agriculture

Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) jointly with World Bank: Strengthening support for Implementation of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa: The Science for Agriculture Consortium in Africa (S4ACA)

19:00-19:30 Mix and Mingle - Birchwood Courtyard
19:30-21:30 Reception - hosted by CGIAR and GFAR - Serengeti Lapa
Thursday 7th April
Thursday 7th April

ARC DAY – Held at the ARC Roodeplaat Campus

Chair: Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO: FANRPAN

06:45 Transport from Birchwood Hotel to ARC Roodeplaat campus
09:00-09:15 Welcome and Introduction of the Minister

Chair of ARC Council

09:15-09:45 Speech on the role of ARC and its importance for SA Agriculture
09:45-10:20

ARC, The past, the Present and the Future:

The Journey of Animal Science in the ARC – Dr. Michiel Scholtz

A recollection of the first steps of the newly formed Agricultural Research Council – Dr. J. Le Roux

ARC: From concept to an internationally renowned Rural and Development institution – Dr. Org Van Rensburg

The present and Future – Dr. Shadrack Moephuli

10:20-10:40

Building resilient resources for maize production in changing climatic conditions and African soils: WEMA and IMAS

Plenary Speaker - Dr Kingstone Mashingaidze

10:40-11:00

Cutting edge tools for a sustainable animal production sector: Livestock Genomics

Plenary Speaker; Prof Norman Maiwashe

11:00-11:30 Tea and Exhibits
11:25-12:50 Animal Production for Food Security - Chair: Dr Mishack Mulumba Crop production for Food Security - Chair: Dr Sonja Venter Sustainable Use of Natural Resources - Chair: Dr Mphekgo Maila Agricultural Technologies for Market Access among Smallholder and Commercial Farmers - Chair: Dr Litha Magingxa
11:25-11:45 Enhancing animal productivity through reproductive biotechnologies (Ms Matshidiso Masenya) Establishment of agricultural enterprises for sustainable rural development. (Dr Ian du Plooy) The 2014/15 and 2015/16 summers and maize production: a preview of the future norm? (Dr Johan Malherbe) Socioeconomic impact analysis – dry beans program (Dr Petronella Chaminuka)
11:45-12:05 Creating a sustainable Poultry Value Chain for enhancing rural livelihoods (Dr Baldwin Nengovhela) Molecular breeding for disease resistance in wheat (Dr Toi Tsilo) The Challenge of Sustainable Soils (Dr David Turner) High Value Fruit and Vegetable Crops in Eastern Cape (Dr Aart-Jan Verschoor)
12:05-12:25 New Vaccines for African Animal Diseases (Dr Mirinda Van Kleef) How Stone and Pome fruit varieties from the ARC built the South African deciduous fruit market (Prof Bongani Ndimba) Remote sensing and imaging in agriculture (Dr George Chirima) Technology packages for development and commercialisation of the smallholder livestock sector: Kaonafatso ya Dikgomo (Mr Dan Motiang)
12:25-12:45 Use of Genomics to respond to needs of smallholder farmers – Goat Genomics (Dr Farai Muchadeyi) Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease, in Eastern Africa: Tackling a major challenge – (Dr Prassana Boddupalli (CIMMYT)) How ARC has used bio-control in South African agriculture. (Dr Roger Price and Dr Justin Hatting) How does ARC train farmers and extention officers (Dr Yolisa Pakela-Jezile)
12:45-14:30 Lunch Break and Exhibits
14:30-16:00

Site visits depart for: Onderstepoort, Roodeplaat

Panel Discussion: Agriculture Science and Technology Policies and Strategies for Sustainable Development: GrainSA, PotatoSA, Winetech, FruitSA, NERPO, NAMC, CCARDESA – SADC perspective, ARC (CEO) – Chair: (Mmboneni Muofe, DST)

Development of Young Scientists in the ARC, Experiences and the Future: Dr Linky Makgahela, Dr Olga Makina, Dr Lerato Matsaunyane, Dr Cristien Engelbrecht, Ms Khanysile Madladla, Ms Thuli Nhalpo.

Chair: Ms Makgomo Umlaw
16:00-17:30 Closure - End – Return to Birchwood
19:00-19:30

Mix and Mingle - Birchwood Courtyard

19:30-22:00 Gala Dinner - Hosted by the ARC - Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre
Friday 8th April
07:15-08:15 Side Events:

PAEPARD: The African-European multi-stakeholder demand driven process in ARD: case study of PAEPARD

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS): Partnering to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: Consultation on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Integrative CRP partnership strategy

08:30-09:30 Plenary Session:
Highlights from Day 1 - Presentation and Crowdsourcing
2 Keynote speeches:
Innovation in a Sustainable Manner: Young Agripeneurs and Reinventing Farming for Europe, Maria Letizia Gardoni
Beekeeping as an emerging business in Botswana: and the role of bees in agriculture, Tshepiso Marumo, The Zone for Life (Pty) Ltd.
  Theme 1
Scaling up - from research to impact
Theme 2
Showcasing results and demonstrating impact
Theme 3
Keeping science relevant and future-focused
Theme 4
Sustaining the business of farming
Theme 5
Ensuring better rural futures
09:30-10:45

Chairs:
Patrick Caron, CIRAD
Co-Chairs:
Judith Francis, CTA/EFARD

Chairs:
Thomas Price, GFAR
Co-Chairs:
Dhanush Dinesh, CCAFS

Chairs:
Aissetou Yaye, ANAFE
Co-Chairs:
Wayne Powell, CGIAR CO; Shoba Sivasankar, DCL-AFS

Chairs:
Jethro Greene, CAFAN
Co-Chairs:
Salima Marzouki, Tunisian Farmer Association;
Wale Adekunle, President's Office, State House Gambia

Chairs:
Iman al Kafass, International Independent Consultant, HR and Capacity Development
Co-Chairs:
Courtney Paisley, YPARD

 

Overcoming the Barriers – Building Infrastructure, Partnerships and Capacities and Mobilising Investments for Up/Out-scaling Research and Increasing Impact Delivery: Demonstrating integrated impacts at national level Strengthening Capacity for keeping Science relevant and future focused Infrastructure support for agricultural business Endorsement and refinement of agreed collective action and commitments
  APAARI: Investing in agricultural research and innovation - Raghunath Ghodake, APAARI

Tropical Agricultural Platform: Capacity development on agricultural innovation systems - Christian Hoste, AGREENIUM

Strengthening university-based farmer extension services in South East Asia - Wayne Nelles, Chulalongkorn University School of Agricultural Resources Thailand

AfricaRice novel business model: Increasing impact of research on productivity and income of rural poor - Marc Bernard, AfricaRice
Integrated impacts at national level through IFAD support to country led, multi-stakeholder agricultural innovation processes - Sana Jatta, IFAD

Investing in agricultural research to achieve food security: results in Asia and the Pacific - Mellissa Wood, ACIAR

Measuring delivery of agricultural research for development in Latin America - Hugo Li Pun, FONTAGRO

Agricultural innovation, investment and development at subnational level: Gujarat - Ashok Patel, Sardar Krishinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University

Translational agriculture: sharing data and knowledge, reflecting the need to accelerate innovation and impact - Jawoo Koo, IFPRI
Overcoming the Challenges in Higher Education and Keeping Agricultural Science Relevant and Focused in African UniversitiesJames Kung'u, Kenyatta University

The G20 TAP – Capacity Development Framework on Agricultural Innovation Systems - Trevor Nicholls, CABI

Multidisciplinary PhD Training and Research and Relevance to Development: Lessons from AgTraIn's and ARI's Experience in Europe and Africa - Lana Repar, Student AgTraIn and Didier Pillot, Montpellier supAgro and Agrinatura

Instructional Design Driven Innovations in Capacity Development - addressing capacity needs of (today and) tomorrow's researchers to meet challenges and opportunities of future scienceIddo Dror, ILRI
A model of Land Use for Promoting Farming as Business – Wale Adekunle, President's Office, State House Gambia

Sustainable Irrigation: the missing link in Africa's green revolution - Timothy O. Williams, IWMI

Leader of Farmers Organization
Poster Session – world café to comment on the agreed collective action
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break & Networking

11:30-12:30

Working Group session 2 Round table discussions Round table discussions Linking farmers to information, knowledge, and technology Announcing collective action: Wrapping up and reporting
 

Round table discussions: Replicating or developing comparable initiatives and formulating proposals at institutional level to achieve at least one commitment for collective action per volunteering institution and per subject area to be incorporated in GCARD3 Pledge

Round table groups formulate proposals for at least one commitment to collective action for achieving the SDGs, to incorporate in the GCARD3 Pledge.

Round table discussions on immediate collective action to scale-out best practices in individual and institutional capacity development
Presentation of results from group discussions

Presentation and discussion of overall collective actions from Theme 3

Bringing technologies, information and knowledge to the reach of farmers - Yemi Akinbamijo, FARA

Open data and information related to agriculture and its development as also nutrition - Ajit Maru, GFAR

Leader of Farmers Organization

Brief by round table catalysts

12:30-13:30 Lunch Break & Networking
(Thematic Chairs (and volunteers) work together to finalise a draft declaration for presentation
14:00-15:30 Report back from the Thematic Session Chairs (Chair: Dr Jasper Rees, Group Executive Research & Innovation Systems, ARC)
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break & Networking
16:15-16:30 Presentation of the Draft GCARD3 Statement by Dr Shadrack Moephuli (President and CEO, Agricultural Research Council)
16:30-17:15 High Level Panel Discussion offering reflections from the panellists on the GCARD3 outcomes and its relevance to their countries and reactions to the draft GCARD3 Outcome Statement (Moderator: Frank Rijsberman, CEO CGIAR Consortium and Co-Chair of the GCARD3 Organizing Committee)

Evelyne Nguleka, President of the World Farmers' Organization
Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition at the DG International Cooperation and Development (TBC)
Charles-Ferdinand N. M. P. Nothomb, current Minister of State in Belgium
Babubhai Bhimabhai Bokhiria, Minister of Water Resources (except Kalpsar project), Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Cow Protection, Gujarat
17:15-17:30 Closing and Thanks

Dr Frank Rijsberman, (CEO CGIAR Consortium and Co-Chair of the GCARD3 Organizing Committee)
Dr Mark Holderness, (Executive Secretary, GFAR and co-Chair of the GCARD3 Organizing Committee)
Dr Shadrack Moephuli, (President and CEO, Agricultural Research Centre, Chair of the GCARD3 Local Organizing Committee)
18:00-19:30 Barbecue/Braai with entertainment - Serengeti Lapa

How the two main GCARD3 days - Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th - will be organised

The main GCARD3 program will be organised around 5 key themes, with clear outcomes outlined for each, as well as a set of lenses related to the SDGs-looking at what we are aiming towards and how we can best get there- that will be applied to make the content relevant to current global challenges and priorities (see table below). There will be 6 sessions of 1 hour under each Theme, for a total of 30 one hour segments.

Overall Outcomes across all Sessions Themes Themes Outcomes Applying the following "Lenses", linked to SDGs:
  1. Clear requirements for national and regional agricultural innovation systems to be effective and accountable mechanisms for delivering development impacts.
  2. How international agricultural research can be an effective partner in contributing to national development outcomes.
Theme 1:
Scaling Up- from research to impact
Theme 1 Outcome: Priority given to financial and human investment to achieve impact at scale, driven by farmer and multistakeholder demand, committing to scale successful specific and local practice through integrated actions and Innovation Webs to affect national and regional level.

What (to get to/arrive at)?

  1. Food security, Health and Nutrition (linked to SDGs 1,2,3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13)
  2. Climate action, Environmental Sustainability and Conservation (linked to SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
  3. How (to get there)? Inclusion, capacity development, foresight and partnership (gender, youth, farmer's rights)(linked to SDGs 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17)
  4. Economic opportunities, industry, enterprise and infrastructure (linked to SDGs 1, 8, 9, 11)
Theme 2:
Showcasing results and demonstrating impact
Theme 2 Outcome: Capitalisation of evidence and experience in measurement of impact and returns on investment in national research for development systems applied to increase capacity to deliver on agri-food innovation.
Theme 3:
Keeping science relevant and future-focused
Theme 3 Outcome: Adoption of measures to keep science timely and relevant shared, with commitment to identify and apply new ones; also agreement on immediate collective action to scale-out best practices in capacity development of national systems.
Theme 4:
Sustaining the business of farming
Theme 4 Outcome: Innovative mechanisms for resource mobilization and resolution of value chain bottlenecks adopted which identify, analyze and support rural youth and women initiatives.
Theme 5:
Ensuring better rural futures
Theme 5 Outcome: Immediate, wide-scale collective action, applying grass-root foresight mechanisms to achieve comprehensive rural development, and scaling out participants' experiences or initiating new ones in productive employment and enterprise opportunities for women and youth, farmers' rights, and enabling infrastructure, rural housing and health.