Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Tapping and Channelling Youth Potential in Agroecology

18 July 2024. Tapping and Channelling Youth Potential in Agroecology.

Launch of the APP (2024-2028) Promotion Programme (APP) for the Sub-Saharan Africa, funded by SDC! This initiative will co-fund the AWOLA project, now in 8 countries.

The goal is to broadly promote Agroecology - inclusive of like-minded approaches - as a pathway for food systems transformation to truly sustainable, resilient, and dynamic food and farming systems, worldwide and particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Read the  latest edition of the PELUM regional secretariat quarterly newsletter, packed with information about the Association.….

AWOLA: African Women Leaders in Agroecology 

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

People—Animal—Ecosystems Health and Wellbeing

18 July 2024. 14:30 - 16:00 SAST. People—Animal—Ecosystems Health and Wellbeing.

The intricate web of interactions between people, animals, and ecosystems exerts a profound influence on human health and overall wellbeing. This interconnectedness spans various dimensions, from the direct impacts of ecosystem health on clean air, water, and food security, to the indirect effects through disease transmission pathways and biodiversity loss. 

Despite its critical importance, this nexus often receives insufficient recognition within global and regional governance frameworks. Policies and regulations tend to address these components in isolation rather than holistically acknowledging their interdependence.

This fragmented approach can lead to missed opportunities for integrated and sustainable solutions that simultaneously promote human health, conserve biodiversity, and ensure ecosystem resilience. Recognizing and effectively addressing these interconnected challenges is essential for achieving comprehensive and equitable global health outcomes, sustainable development goals, and resilient ecosystems capable of supporting future generations.


  • Facilitator – Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba, FANRPAN
  • Prof Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi CLAB-Africa Co-Principal Investigator, University of Pretoria  - Why CLAB-Africa?
  • Dr Kayleigh Marcus, CLAB-Africa Research Fellow, University of Pretoria- People-Animals-Ecosystem, Health and Wellbeing Presentation
  • Prof Wanda Markotter, Director of the Centre for Viral Zoonoses, NRF-DSI South Africa Research Chair, Future Africa, University of Pretoria  - Challenges and Opportunities
  • Dr Tedson Nkoana, Academic Project Coordinator for the Research Chair: People, Health and Places (One Health) - Perspectives from Practitioners and Experts 
  • Dr Colleta Gandidzanwa, Research and Project Manager, ARUA Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems (ARUA-SFS), Future Africa, University of Pretoria Closing and Way Forward 

About the CLAB-Africa Project

The CLAB-Africa project is a Future Africa (University of Pretoria) initiative hosted under the ARUA-SFS, in collaboration with FANRPAN.

The project is currently funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and will conclude at the end of September 2024. Earlier financial support was provided by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the French Embassy in South Africa, and the French Development Agency – Agence Française de Développement (AFD).


Agroecology Economies webinar: Equitable Commercialization Networks

17 July 2024. 05:00 PM CEST. Agroecology Economies webinar: Equitable Commercialization Networks that Facilitate Access to Healthy Food 

  • Healthy food supplies to schools in Thailand, agroecological market networks in East Africa, Food Corridors in the Afro-Colombian territories, and Food Sovereign Corridors in Argentina. 
  • This webinar also featured the programs and policies implemented by the Brazilian government to encourage agroecological production and to expand the supply and distribution of healthy food.
  • Marut Jatiket, The Field Alliance, Thailand
  • John Kariuki Mwangi, Slow Food Kenya, Kenya 
  • Anyela Lizeth León Gonzáles, Grupo Semillas, Colombia 
  • Josefina Galán and Agustín Mavar, Union de los Trabajadores de la Tierra, Argentina 
  • Silvio Porto, CONAB, Brazil

When it comes to agroecology, one of the main questions is: How can agroecology feed the world? For decades now, frontline organizations have been co-creating solutions in the four corners of the globe to recover soils and agrobiodiversity and advance the production of healthy food. 

Pioneering initiatives demonstrate that successful agroecological transitions also require thinking beyond production. It is critical to address food supply flows from the perspective of guaranteeing the human right to adequate food for all people.

From Degradation to Regeneration: Agroecology and Soil Health Research for Sustainable Agriculture in Africa

17 July 2024. 02:00 PM Agroecology RMRN Webinar II

From Degradation to Regeneration: Agroecology and Soil Health Research for Sustainable Agriculture in Africa.

Organised by the Regional Multi-Actor Research Network on Agroecology to Support Regional Centres of Excellence related to the Green Transition.

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Amudavi, Biovision Africa Trust
  • Dr. Guy Faure, European Commissio, DG INTPA
  • Dr. Oluwole A. Fatunbi, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  • Dr. Bernhard Freyer , Institute of Organic, Farming (IFÖL)
  • Dr. Wivine Munyahali, Université Catholique de Bukavu
  • Modetators: Dr. Kwaku Antwi, FARA, Prof. Majaliwa Mwanjololo, RUFORUM, Mrs. Ama P. A. Adu-Dartey, FARA


The project’s main aim is to increase Science Technology and Innovation capacities of RCoEs in agroecology to efficiently contribute to a green transition in Sub Saharan Africa. The 36-month project officially started on January 1, 2024. 

This project has three main objectives :  
  • Strengthened scientific and technological capacities of RMRNs in Agroecology to produce, collect, access, process, share data / information and carry out research activities using a gender-sensitive approach.  
  • Increased RMRNs contribution in agroecology through transformative quality research and scientific knowledge generation and dissemination. 
  • Enhanced gender-sensitive support to agroecology practitioners, scientists, and policymakers.  
The RMRN Project is funded by the European Union (EU) as part of its Regional Multi-year Indicative Programme (MIP) for Africa. The MIP will support strengthening the consortia of Africa based institutions to lead interventions in Africa in several domains including multi-stakeholder partnerships to bring agroecological innovations to scale, using co-learning, co-creation, and multi-stakeholder approach.

The Africa-based and Africa-led research organisations include FARA, CORAF, ASARECA, CCARDESA, universities under the RUFORUM Network and Africa in general and other research institutions. The proposed actions will promote partnership with relevant institutions such as Farmer organizations under the Pan African Farmers Organization (PAFO), extension institutions under the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory services (AFAAS), NGOs, CSOs, the private sector, and financial institutions. The project targets countries in Eastern, Western, Southern and Central Africa.

Recording of the first webinar

 5 June:

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Agroecology TPP - The Dialogues Series: Doing science differently

11 July 2024
.  Agroecology TPP - The Dialogues Series: Doing science differently
the first Dialogue started from the HLPE definition of transdisciplinary science (HLPE, 2019, p.33) and analyze both challenges and best practices from a suite of Agroecology TPP's projects on doing science differently.
Organised by The Transformative Partnership Platform on Agroecology

  • Bernard Triomphe, AE-TPP Co-convenor and System Agronomist, CIRAD 
  • Michael Hauser, Senior Associate, CIFOR-ICRAF and BOKU University, Austria - Keynote speech -Transdisciplinary science: what is it and how to facilitate it? 
Reflection on the keynote speech 
  • Brigid Letty, Prolinnova and Principle Scientist, Institute of Natural Resources (INR) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Francisco Rosado-May, Rector, Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo
  • Jane Maland Cady, Program Director, Global Collaboration for Resilient Food Systems, McKnight Foundation
  • Lauren Baker, Deputy Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
  • Lilian Beck, Agroecology Extension Specialist, Institute for Social Sciences of Agriculture - University of Hohenheim, Germany

Project presentations with a focus on innovation, methodology, results and co-creation 
  • CGIAR Agroecology Initiative: Bernard Triomphe, AE-TPP Co-convenor and System Agronomist 
  • Foresight: Marie de Lattre-Gasquet, Researcher, CIRAD 
  • Agrofor: Valentina Robiglio, Senior Land Use Systems Scientist, CIFOR-ICRAF 
  • ABCD-VIPPT: Lisa Fuchs, Scientist, Alliance of Bioversity International - CIAT 

Group discussion with a focus on excellencies, missed opportunities & way forward


A two-page summary of the transdisciplinary research and an indicator framework for assessing transdisciplinary agroecology - this will form the discussions during the workshop

A suggested further reading list if you are interested in learning more about the topic:
  • HLPE (2019). Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition. A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security, Rome. 
  • Maughan C and Anderson CR (2023). A shared human endeavor”: farmer participation and knowledge co-production in agroecological research. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, Vol 7.
  • Sinclair, F and Coe R (2019). The options by context approach: a paradigm shift in agronomy. Experimental Agriculture 55 (S1): 1–13.
  • Brock, S., Baker, L., Jekums, A. et al. Knowledge democratization approaches for food systems
    Nat Food 5, 342–345 (2024). 

    The principles outlined in the article emphasize the importance of epistemic justice, intercultural co-creation, and knowledge mutualism and exchange in democratizing knowledge-policy processes. These principles, the authors argue, are essential for addressing biases and empowering marginalized communities in shaping food system transformations.

    Led by Samara Brock from Yale University, the article is an outcome of an international process convened by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food on the Politics of Knowledge that brought together food systems leaders to strategize on advancing research and evidence for agroecology. Drawing from case studies worldwide, the authors highlight innovative approaches that involve local actors in knowledge production and exchange.

    Featured as a key model in the report are farmer research networks supported by McKnight’s Global Collaboration for Resilient Food Systems, which combine scientific knowledge with Indigenous traditional and local knowledge in communities of practice that span ten countries in the high Andes and Africa. These networks bring together farmers, research institutions, development organizations and others to improve agriculture and food systems for all.

    The authors recommend a.o. to support research that focuses on system-wide change, rather than on narrowly defined quantitative criteria such as, for example, agricultural yields. This will entail looking beyond what is easily quantifiable to incorporate broader social, cultural and ecological drivers and consequences.

Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity 2024

11 July 2024. Lisbon City, Portugal. Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity 2024

The 2024 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity received over 180 nominations from 117 nationalities in all five continents, more than ever before.

Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming (India), Rattan Lal (USA/India) and SEKEM (Egypt) jointly receive the €1 million Prize for their sustainable agriculture work and contributions to food security, climate resilience and ecosystem protection.

The 1 million euro Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity recognises outstanding contributions to climate action and climate solutions that inspire hope. Any individual, organisation or group of people and/or organisations that are making a significant contribution to tackling climate change is eligible for the Prize.

The Prize winner was selected by an independent Jury, composed of members with expertise in Earth system science, climate action, environmentalism and climate justice from scientific, technological, political and cultural realms. The independent jury was chaired by former German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel.

Since 2020, the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity has awarded €4 million to people and organisations that have contributed significantly to the fight against climate change.


  • Welcome remarks - António Feijó – President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • Prize impact video
  • President of the Jury speech and winner announcement Angela Merkel – President of the Jury of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity
  • Winner’s film and acceptance speech
  • President of the Republic speech - Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa – President of the Republic of Portugal

Climate Solutions for the Planet and People

12 July 2024. This conference presented the 2024 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity winner and Jury members and explore solutions for a thriving and more resilient planet and society. Through panel discussions, films and presentations, participants will learn first-hand about the work of the 2024 winner and hear from experts in sustainability, climate action and ecosystem conservation.

See the recording here

Welcome speeches

  • Martin Essayan – Executive Trustee
  • Louisa Hooper – Director of the Sustainability Programme and the UK Branch, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • Prize Winner’s Film

09:45 / Panel 1 Discussion between the Prize Winner and Jury members, with audience questions

  • Miguel Bastos Araújo
  • Sandra Díaz
  • Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
  • Miguel Arias Cañete

11:30 / Panel 2 Discussion between the Prize Winner and Jury members, with audience questions

  • Sunita Narain
  • Carlos Lopes
  • Rik Leemans
  • Runa Khan

Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (RySS)

Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (RySS) (‘Farmers Empowerment Cooperation’)  has been nominated for the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity 2024.

  • Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming (APCNF) launched by RySS, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture in 2016, is recognised as the world’s largest agroecology programme with over a million farmers. Natural farming is being practised in over 5,00,000 hectares in the State. 
  • The programme offers farmers increased yields, improved incomes and improved health benefits from the first season of transition. 
  • It has also generated environmental and social benefits including greater soil carbon sequestration, reversed land degradation, reduced soil temperatures, increased biodiversity. 
  • Its success relies on four levers: delivery through an established network of women collectives; farmer-to-farmer learning via ‘Champion Farmers’; progressive technology; and government ownership.
  • The programme aims to reach all eight million farmer households in Andhra Pradesh over the next 10 years and inspire replication elsewhere. 
  • The model is already being incubated across 12 states in India, and in 2024 will be introduced in five other Global South countries, adapted to local contexts.

A high-level delegation from RySS and the Government of Andhra Pradesh attended the award ceremony.

Nagendramma Nettem of Sathya Sai district is the champion farmer of APCNF. She highlighted the role of women in the success of APCNF at the Lisbon event. She has taken up the task of promoting awareness on natural farming, while leading a group of 20 women farmers. The 38-year-old hails from Ghantapuram village and she is a mother of two daughters. Her journey into natural farming started when her 7-year-old daughter was diagnosed with vision deficiency, and doctors advised her to increase the girl’s green leafy vegetable intake.

During that time a few community resource persons visited their village and briefed them about the natural farming model. Having learnt about its benefits, Nagendramma, a BA graduate, adopted natural farming and raised crops in 800 square metre plot, and within a short time she started witnessing the nutritional benefits of chemical-free food. 
“Buoyed by the good results, I decided to become a full-time farmer, which I never imagined. In the first crop harvest, the yield was much higher than the chemical farming method, and the food had better taste and quality.”

See interview with Vijay  Kumar Thallam:

See report:  

APCNF (2023) NATURAL FARMING THROUGH A WIDE-ANGLE LENS. True Cost Accounting Study of Community Managed Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh, India. # 215 pp.

  • This pioneering new study, brings to light the remarkable potential of agroecological natural farming. Conducted by GIST Impact in collaboration with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, this first-of-its-kind research provides compelling evidence supporting agroecological natural farming as a transformative approach to nourishing communities and empowering farmers.
  • Using True Cost Accounting methods, the study compared the economic, social, and health impacts of different farming systems in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh. The findings challenge the prevailing belief that chemically-intensive farming is necessary to meet the food production demands of a growing population. The study demonstrates that farms utilizing natural inputs achieved equal or higher yields compared to other systems, with an average increase of 11% while maintaining greater crop diversity.

Rattan Lal (USA/India

Professor Rattan Lal is a globally renowned soil scientist. He pioneered a soil-centric approach that
harmonises food production with ecological preservation and climate change mitigation. His methodologies have highlighted on a global stage the interconnectedness of soil health and broader environmental and human wellbeing, and the importance of enhancing food security while conserving natural resources. 
  • By promoting research and education in sustainable soil management, Dr. Lal has advanced understanding of sustainable agriculture and climate resilience. In 2024, Dr. Lal was ranked the most cited plant science and agronomy scientist in the world. 
  • He has been distinguished through many global awards, including the Japan Prize in 2019, the World Food Prize in 2020, the Padma Shri award in 2021, and the Plant Science and Agronomy Leader Award in 2024. 
  • His personal journey from refugee to Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University and the founder of the university’s Carbon Management & Sequestration Center exemplifies the power of resilience and intellectual pursuit.

SEKEM (Egypt)

SEKEM is a conglomerate of NGOs, businesses and the Heliopolis University for Sustainable
Development championing holistic approaches addressing societal challenges and climate change mitigation. 
  • Established almost 50 years ago in a desert region, SEKEM’s inception is rooted in biodynamic farming – rejuvenating arid land and local society. 
  • Its food and agriculture work scales up regenerative practices and highlights the co-benefits of nature-based solutions for land and communities. 
  • 30 years ago, SEKEM co-founded the Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA) – an independent association that developed the Economy of Love Standard, which is highly inspired by the SEKEM vision. 
  • Both SEKEM and EBDA are focused on scaling biodynamic agriculture, promoting a holistic transformation of farming communities. 
  • Through the Economy of Love Standard, SEKEM and the EBDA are enabling farmers to transition from conventional to a more profitable biodynamic, regenerative farming model while supporting community development. To date, it has supported over 10,000 farmers and converted over 40,000 acres of land.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

How does agricultural productivity growth affect agrifood system transformation goals?

9 July 2024. How does agricultural productivity growth affect agrifood system transformation goals? Exploring trade-offs using IMPACT

Co-organized by IFPRI and the CGIAR Initiative on Foresight.Webinar Series – IFPRI Modeling Systems: Informing Future Pathways and Priorities for Agrifood Systems.

Agrifood systems are complex and changing, so it is critical to explore different potential futures to inform decisions today that can put the world on a better path for livelihoods, health, and the environment. In the coming decades, changes in population, income, and diets will put increasing pressure on agrifood systems to meet evolving food demands and improve food security. With climate change, limited scope for cropland expansion, and growing water scarcity, investments in agricultural R&D to improve productivity are crucial to meet these challenges sustainably. 

This webinar explored recent analyses using the IMPACT modeling system. It discussef how alternative investment options, including scenarios focused on agricultural research, could help meet future food demands sustainably and equitably.It also explored potential trade-offs between different strategies and goals.

  • Alan Rennison, Senior Program Officer, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
  • Presentation Timothy Sulser, Senior Scientist, Foresight and Policy Modeling Unit, IFPRI
  • Chin Yee Chan, Scientist, WorldFish
  • Discussant Robert Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Moderator Dolapo Enahoro, Senior Agricultural Economist, Policy, Institutions and Livelihoods program, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Watch previous webinars in this series:

What does climate change mean for the future of agriculture? Insights from the IMPACT modeling system (May 15, 2024)

How do we prioritize agrifood system policies and investments? Insights from the RIAPA modeling system (June 12, 2024)


The International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT): Model documentation for version 3.6

Citation: Robinson, Sherman; Dunston, Shahnila; Mishra, Abhijeet; Sulser, Timothy B.; Mason-D’Croz, Daniel; Robertson, Richard D.; Cenacchi, Nicola; et al. 2024. The International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT): Model documentation for version 3.6. Modeling Systems Technical Paper 1. Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute.

Abstract: The International Food Policy Research Institute’s IMPACT model is a robust tool for analyzing global and regional challenges in food, agriculture, and natural resources. Continuously updated and refined, IMPACT version 3.6 is the latest update to the model for continuously improving the treatment of complex issues, including climate change, food security, and economic development. IMPACT 3.6 multimarket model integrates climate, crop simulation, and water models into a comprehensive system, providing decision-makers with a flexible platform to assess the potential impacts of various scenarios on biophysical systems, socioeconomic trends, technologies, and policies.

Food From Somewhere Building food security and resilience through territorial markets

IPES (2024) Food From Somewhere: Building food security and resilience through territorial markets # 91 pp.

Recent shocks – from COVID-19 supply disruptions to 2022’s record food prices – have revealed huge cracks in global industrial food chains, and shattered any remaining illusions about their ability to deliver food security in a crisis-prone world. 

Persistent crises have also underscored the importance of resilient close-to-home ‘territorial’ markets that feed billions of people every day – from public markets and street vendors to cooperatives, from urban agriculture to online direct sales, from food hubs to community kitchens.

Food From Somewhere provides a comprehensive overview of these diverse food webs. It documents their critical contributions to sustaining producer livelihoods, ensuring access to healthy food for the poorest populations, sustaining cultures and communities, and keeping people fed in the face of shocks. The report urges governments to reinvest in local and regional supply infrastructure, relocalise public purchasing and food security strategies, and curb corporate capture of food systems.

Read the report EN FR ES PT

Monday, July 1, 2024

AR4D Funding Opportunities for Africa – July 2024


Agriculture Fisheries Forestry

Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research

SFIAR Award 2024


SFIAR annually awards a prize to scientists working at or in association with a Swiss institution in agricultural research for development. For 2024, the best team project will be awarded CHF10 thousand, and the best masters thesis CHF1 thousand. To be eligible, research must have been carried out at or in close collaboration with a Swiss institution. The deadline for applications (French, German, English) is 03 July 2024.

SVG Ventures

Global Accelerator for Agrifood Tech Startups


Silicon Valley Global Ventures is an investment, technology, and advisory firm that invests in companies that go through their accelerator program. The THRIVE Global Impact Challenge seeks innovative startups advancing a more sustainable future for agriculture. Selected companies benefit from an accelerator program that provides investment, mentorship, and direct access to agriculture companies and farmers. The application deadline is 12 July 2024.

Women in Food and Agriculture

Mentorship Program


The Women in Food and Agriculture (WFA) and Alltech invite applications to the 2024 Mentorship Program from agri-food professionals from around the world. The mentorship program provides educational and supportive sessions as well as aid networking among all participants. The program welcomes people of all career and education levels. Applications for mentors and mentees have to be submitted by 14 July 2024.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship


The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) invites applications for a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in tropical animal behavior. The annual stipend is US$62 thousand, and the annual research and travel budget is up to US$13 thousand per year. Fellows will be based in Panama and will have the opportunity to conduct comparative research throughout the tropics. Please note that applicants must find a STRI scientific staff member who will serve as their main host/advisor before submitting a final application. Applications have to be submitted by 15 July 2024.

Biodiversity Conservation Wildlife

UK Government

Darwin Initiative: Main Projects


The Darwin Initiative funds capacity building, training, research, and education in support of the major conventions on biodiversity — focusing on the developing world. The program invites applications for main projects, partnership projects, and fellowships. Applicant organizations can be based in any country. Projects must benefit biodiversity and local communities in developing countries. Darwin projects should be a minimum of £100 thousand and no more than £600 thousand. The application deadline for partnership projects and fellowships is 08 July 2024, and they are applied through organizations, not individuals.

Holohil Systems Ltd

Transmitters for Wildlife Conservation


Holohil Systems Ltd. supplies radio-tracking equipment and related services for wildlife research and management. Holohil manages a grant program to offer transmitters at a reduced or no cost for projects focusing on wildlife species of especially high research and/or conservation value. Holohil will contribute up to C$2,500 toward the purchase of transmitters. Holohil will pay all shipping charges. Eligibility to apply for the grants extends to conservation professionals and researchers anywhere in the world. Support is awarded four times a year. The application deadlines are 15 January, 15 April, 15 July, and 15 October each year.

Leakey Foundation

Research on Primates


The Leakey Foundation funds research related to human origins. This includes research on primate biology, ecology, and behavior. The majority of research grants awarded to doctoral students range from US$3 thousand to US$20 thousand. Larger projects by senior scientists and post-doctoral students may be funded up to US$30 thousand. There are no citizenship restrictions. The next application deadlines are 10 January and 15 July 2024.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Capacity Enhancement Support Program 2024


The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) welcomes proposals for funding under the 2024 Capacity Enhancement Support Program, which seeks to enhance the long-term capacity of GBIF participants through collaborative projects. The program provides co-funding to current GBIF participants. The maximum funding request is €20 thousand per project. Concept notes must be submitted by 18 June 2024.

British Ecological Society

Training & Travel Grants


The British Ecological Society (BES) makes grants to PhD students and postgraduate research assistants to meet the costs of specialist field training courses and to network and publicize their research at workshops and conferences. Applicants must be members of BES. However, there are no restrictions on the nationality or residence of applicants. Grants of up to £500 are available. The program has two funding rounds annually, with deadlines on 25 January and 25 July.

Bezos Earth Fund

AI for Climate and Nature


The Bezos Earth Fund seeks new ideas for multiplying the impact of climate and nature efforts using modern AI. The first round of awards will focus on sustainable proteins, power grid optimization, biodiversity conservation, and embracing visionary wildcard solutions for climate and nature. The Grand Challenge will offer up to US$100 million in total funding over three rounds. Up to 30 seed grantees will receive US$50 thousand each. At the end of the challenge, up to 15 implementation grantees will receive up to $2 million each. The Grand Challenge invites grant proposals from U.S.-based non-profit and global academic institutions. The application deadline is 30 July 2024.

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Wildlife Photography Competition


The competition celebrates the hilarity of our natural world and highlights what we need to do to protect it through funny animal pictures. The competition is open to wildlife photography novices, amateurs, and professionals. Winners receive prizes (no cash awards). The deadline for entries is 31 June 2024.

Club300 Foundation

Grants for Bird Protection


The Club300 Foundation, based in Sweden, makes grants of up to US$5 thousand for bird protection on a worldwide basis. The objective is to support research and conservation of the world's highly threatened and poorly known bird species (IUCN's Red List). Only applications concerning projects aimed at birds listed as Critically Endangered (CR), Endangered (EN), Extinct in the Wild (EW), or Data Deficient (DD) are eligible for funding. The deadline for applications (English or Swedish) is 31 July of each year.


Earth Journalism Network

Fellowships for Journalists


The Earth Journalism Network (EJN) announces a new fellowship for journalists interested in attending and reporting from the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (October/November 2024). Fellows will travel to Cali to attend the entire duration of the UN biodiversity negotiations and receive non-refundable economy-class airfare, accommodation, meals, travel medical insurance, and ground transportation costs related to fellowship participation. To be eligible for the fellowship, the applicant must be a professional journalist from an established media house and reporting from a low- or middle-income country. The application deadline is 06 July 2024.

North American Association for Environmental Education

STEM Education


The North American Association for Environmental Education offers a grant opportunity in E-STEM education to solve environmental issues. The Pratt & Whitney E-STEM Awards support new and existing programs that engage students in meaningful STEM learning experiences through environmental problem-solving. The E-STEM Innovation Grants provide funding of up to US$15 thousand for new or enhanced programs, and the Global E-STEM Excellence Prize awards up to US$50 thousand to nonprofit organizations. The opportunities are open to nonprofit organizations around the world that engage students (ages 11-18) in E-STEM programming. Applications are due on 08 July 2024.

Association of Commonwealth Universities



The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) provides fellowships for the academic and professional staff to facilitate collaboration at a distance and the creation of valuable new partnerships between ACU member universities across the Commonwealth. ACU provides financial support of up to £5,000 per fellowship. Applications close on 09 July 2024.

Okayama City

Education for Sustainable Development


The Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Okayama Award rewards outstanding education for sustainable development practices in local communities around the world. The award aims to support the organizations carrying out ESD activities and promote the concept to local communities globally through showcasing their initiatives. Two projects will be selected to receive an award of US$3 thousand each. One representative of the winning projects will be invited to the Award Ceremony in Okayama (Japan). Organizations based in any country are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is 12 July 2024.

Research Institute for Sustainability

Fellow Program 2025


The Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS) invites applications for the RIFS Fellow Program. The Institute particularly welcomes proposals that envisage active collaboration with RIFS researchers and offers Fellows the opportunity to develop their ideas in an international community of eminent researchers, not only within the institute but also in the wider Potsdam-Berlin area. Applicants can come from a wide range of sectors such as science, public administration, the private sector, civil society, media, and the arts. Fellows will receive financial compensation to cover their additional costs of living during their stay in Germany. The minimum duration of Fellowships is three months, and the maximum duration is twelve months. The deadline for applications is 14 July 2024.


Funding Entrepreneurs to Alleviate Poverty


The D-Prize funds pilot projects that more widely distribute relatively low-cost products and services in the fight against poverty. The current challenges include social enterprises for innovations in specified themes of agriculture; energy; WASH; and several other categories. The D-Prize will award 30 teams with up to US$20 thousand each to launch nonprofits or social ventures that can distribute proven poverty interventions to people in need. Eligibility to compete extends to entrepreneurs anywhere in the world and of any age or background. The D-Prize invites concept notes before 23 June (early deadline); 14 July (regular deadline); or 04 August 2024 (limited extension).

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists 2024


The Prize is awarded to a young scientist for outstanding life science research for which he/she was awarded a doctoral degree. The awards are made in four fields of life science research, one of which is Ecology and Environment. Eligible entrants for the 2024 Prize must have been awarded their doctoral degrees in 2022 or 2023. The winners in each category will each receive US$10 thousand, and the grand prize winner will receive US$30 thousand. The application deadline is 15 July 2024.

World Academy of Sciences

PhD in Chemical and Biological Sciences


The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) offers postdoctoral fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in organic chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular medicine, pharmacology or physical chemistry. The duration of the fellowships is six to twelve months. Subject areas range across the physical and natural sciences, including agricultural sciences. ICCBS will provide a monthly stipend to cover living costs, food, and health insurance. The deadline for receipt of applications is 17 July 2024.

About Her Culture

Micro Grants for African and Caribbean Women


About Her Culture offers micro-grants of US$500 to empower African and Caribbean women around the world for social and economic development. The micro-grants are open to women of Caribbean and African descent, who are entrepreneurs, creatives, and non-profit founders, based in their home countries or anywhere around the world. The application deadline is 30 June 2024.


African Climate Changemakers


The Young African Climate Changemakers Challenge calls on young people aged 16-25 across South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Botswana to unleash their innovation in tackling climate change through ideas and existing initiatives. Applicants will receive access to information and learning sessions, networking opportunities, and access to online resources on social entrepreneurship. Ashoka awards US$1000 to 10 selected winners. Applications have to be submitted before 30 July 2024.

Social Shifters

Global Innovation Challenge


Social Shifters announces the Global Innovation Challenge to help young leaders and founders solve the social or environmental issues that matter to them. The challenge seeks creative ideas, projects, and business solutions to the problems that matter to local communities and welcomes ideas from anywhere in the world. Participants compete for awards of up to US$10 thousand to deliver activities that improve lives, help communities, and protect the planet. All ideas must be led by young people aged between 18-30 years old. The application deadline is 31 July 2024.

Embassy of Japan

Grants for Grassroots Projects in Uganda


The Embassy of Japan in Uganda provides financial assistance to non-profit, development-oriented organizations in support of community development projects in Uganda. Any projects geared towards grassroots assistance are eligible for financing, including water and sanitation, disaster relief, and agricultural development. The grant amount per project is generally under 10 million yen (approx. US$100 thousand). Potential recipients are international or local NGOs, community based organizations, educational institutions and local governments. The Embassy receives concept papers anytime throughout the year, but the selection process is conducted twice a year with deadlines on 31 January and 31 July.


Poverty Solutions for South Africa


The ygap accelerator provides support to South African leaders with solutions to poverty. Entrepreneurs and startups with project ideas and solutions for their local community are invited to apply for the training program. The program offers a three-day accelerator followed by twelve months of tailored support including business skills development, strategy insights, mentor support, and more. Participants will gain access to professionals (designers, lawyers, coaches, etc.) and have the opportunity to apply for small grants. Eligibility extends to social entrepreneurs operating in South Africa, who are dedicated to creating a positive change in the lives of people living in poverty. Applications are closing on 31 July 2024.

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Fellowship Program


The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) enables early-career researchers to join a project team from another country for research activities that further our understanding of Antarctica. The fellowship is for PhD students to undertake research at major international laboratories, field facilities, or institutes in SCAR member countries. Applicants should be citizens of both a World Meteorological Organization member country and a developing economy. SCAR will offer three to four fellowships of up to US$15 thousand each. The deadline for fellowship applications is 31 July 2024.

Decolonization, Diasporas and the African Food System

2 - 3 July 2024. Exploring Intersections: Decolonization, Diasporas and the African Food System

This hybrid conference is an initiative of the Food Bridge vzw in partnership with Diaspofood ULB, Africa Museum Tervuren, Interdisciplinary Historical Food Studies Research Group (FOST) VUB, The New Global Order (TNGO), Alefa Diaspora and others.

For those joining virtually, here is the zoom link for the two days :

The conference seeks to unravel the
historical, cultural, and socio-economic dynamics that shaped the current state of African food systems and its impact on the continent’s development. Furthermore, it will be considering the effects of colonization, the experiences of diasporic communities, and the potential for decolonization to reshape the African food systems.

Where is African Agency in the African
Diaspora Food Systems?

  • Keynote by Prof Adams Bodomo, Head of African Studies Department
    University of Vienna, Austria

Precolonial and colonial African foodways

  • Birgit Ricquier - Early Foodways in Northeast Congo: Shots of History Distilled by means of
    Comparative Linguistics
  • Iradukunda M Tema - La nutrition à
    l’africaine, le Sorgho aliment traditionnel burundais
  • Karina Ramos - The relationship between food consumption and territoriality in Luanda's colonial urban space (1949-1973)
  • Maud Devos - Stilled objects versus cultural histories. Reconnecting museum objects related to coffee and cassava to past and present Tetela vocabularies.

Diaspora Foodways

  • Michael Abwami Innocent - Exploring the
    Influence Of African Diasporas On Food Practices: A Development Communication Perspective
  • Jahlani Niaah, Nicole Plummer, Sonjah Stanley Niaah - Decolonizing the Palate: Rastafari's Evolution of Ital Nutrition
  • Philip Umaru, Azubuike Erinugha - Exploring African Food in Contexts: Implications for Diasporic Communities
  • Sarah O’Neill & Maureen Duru – Mapping the African Food legacy in Belgium: the Vyakulani Project

Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship

  • Sarah De Smet, Smaranda Boros, Charlene Zietsma, Karijn Bonne and Claire Maréchal - Women immigrant entrepreneurs in Belgium: Strategies to belong
  • Kennedy Oyier Ngoko- Sustainable Smart Aquaculture: Decolonizing African food systems for Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship
  • Suzanne Awung, Founder Suzy Farms Corp Cameroon
  • Farai Gwelo – Corporate control and small holder farmer’s autonomy in the digitalization of smallholder agriculture in South Africa
  • Eduardo da Silva Oliveira: Decolonising Sustainability: Implementing Divergent Pedagogies for African-Centred Business Sustainability Management Solutions

African Diaspora food in literature 

  • Prof Adams Bodomo and other African authors

Health and Nutrition

  • Emiel de Meyer - Medicinal plant use among the Congolese (Democratic Republic of Congo) community in Belgium
  • Laura Van Damme - Plant use and perceptions in the context of sexual health among people of Congolese descent in Belgium
  • Helen Bour, Sandra Boatemaa Kushitor, Karina Benessaiah, Elena Bennett, Oonsie Reinette Biggs, Nyasha Magadzire - The Role Of Seeds In Transforming Food Systems In Coastal Areas In Ghana
  • Dr Stella Iwuagwu Food as medicine and heritage

From Congo to Belgium: culinary journeys and stories

  • Césarine Sinatu Bolya
  • Valérie Maluma
  • Pathy Kibungu
  • Mama Marie

Food Sovereignty and Climate change

  • Nicole Plummer, Marisa Wilson, Charmaine
    McKenzie, Inna Yaneva-Toraman, Thera Edwards, Patricia Northover, Sylvia Adjoa Mitchell, Anthony Richards, Kasikeiani Ronalda Pairman
    - Achieving Climate Justice Through a Decolonized Approach to Food Heritage
  • Ndidi Nwaneri - ONUNAKA FARMS – 2021-2023
  • Jutta Kleber - Relying on indigenous knowledge for sound agriculture, food and health systems - experiences from East-Africa

Food Policy and Governance

  • Marthe Djuikom - Politiques de développement et mutations en milieu rural africain
  • Aya Kasasa - Diaspora Desk, Organization of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACP)
  • Guggi Laryea - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

What is the Future of African Food Systems

  • moderated by Ms Paddy Siyanga
  • Ms Bwalya Mwali – Founder- Africa Tales, an initiative focusing on documenting and making Oral African history & traditions easily accessible and Networking for Africa, a platform for black professionals and Entrepreneurs.
  • Sven Bullaert – founder Umu BV including UMU Homes & Pods; building sustainable and healing homes that focus on the environmental and personal impact and Herbie Chocolate; Belgian chocolate produced with traditional African and Asian herbs.
  • Professor Adams Bodomo , Professor and Chair African studies University of Vienna Austria.


Diaspora, Food and Identity Nigerians migrants in Belgium

This book examines the connection between food and identity in the Nigerian diaspora community in Belgium. Encounters between people from different cultures do not lead to a simple adaptation of the diet, but usually give rise to some kind of fusion of new and indigenous food habits. The author questions the relationship between what Nigerian migrants in the diaspora eat, their self-perception and how they engage with outsiders. Starting with a historical introduction about the country, this study examines what aspects of the Nigerian food culture is retained and what has changed.

Agroecological transition - the role of research in co-design and support of innovations

1 July 2024
. InfoPoint Hybrid Conference: "Agroecological Transition: The Role of Research in Co-Design and Support of Innovations

The DeSIRA initiative aims to support research and innovation projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, while strengthening research capacities and governance by involving key actors at national, regional, continental and global levels. This initiative represents a major commitment to promoting agroecological innovation worldwide.

This InfoPoint shared research approaches and positions, as well as the changes they enable, through the testimony of three DeSIRA projects: 

  • Co-construction with local actors: Dinaamicc emphasizes co-construction with local actors to ensure the response to the real needs of communities.
  • Open innovation: the project integrates open innovation, accelerating the process of innovation and adoption (scaling). The DeSIRA program has enabled a scaling-up in the appropriation of solutions identified a few years ago.
  • Scaling process: by focusing on accelerating and expanding innovations, Dinaamicc aims to maximize the impact of agroecological practices within local communities.
Sustenta & Inova Brazil
  • Project setup and impact path: these projects emphasize the design and implementation of projects with deep reflection on the impact path. They allow the definition of clear objectives in line with the needs of local actors.
  • Rural Forums: the establishment of rural forums facilitates the appropriation of new agroecological practices among local communities. Research support allows innovators to gain scientific legitimacy, promoting the dissemination of solutions.
  • Training of leaders: the project includes training programs for local leaders, thereby strengthening their capacities to adopt and promote innovative practices.
  • Articulation with local policies: they work closely with local decision-makers to integrate innovations into municipal strategies, ensuring effective adoption, implementation and relay.
  • Technical innovation and policy dialogue: this project introduces technical innovations and facilitates their approval at the local policy level by integrating them into territorial strategies.
  • Role of scientific "broker": acting as a neutral mediator, Asset ensures scientific legitimacy and facilitates informed decision-making. Farmers, relying on scientific bases, strengthen their legitimacy with decision-makers.
  • Multi-scale collaboration: from local policies, the work extends to international bodies, including the UN, to foster a legal framework conducive to scaling up. In this context, Asset participates in the development of ASEAN guidelines on agroecology.
These experiences illustrate the importance of the research-development continuum, the continuity of research, and its central role in the co-design of agroecological innovations. They also highlight the importance of key mechanisms (participatory approaches, capacity building, science-policy interface) that foster the use and impact of these innovations.

  • Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit, INTPA F3- Sustainable Agri-Food systems and Fisheries
  • Philippe Petithuguenin, Director General for Research and Strategy, CIRAD France
  • Andry Rasamimanana, Head of Ceffel Center – Madagascar, Partner in Dinaamicc project (presentation in French)
  • Emilie Coudel, Researcher, CIRAD France, Sustenta & Inova project (Brazil)
  • Sayvisene Boulom, Head of Food Lab at National University of Laos, Partner in Asset project

Webinars and events July

1–5 July, 2024. CGIAR Science Week, Nairobi.
  • The CGIAR Science Week HAS BEEN POSTPONED. This is due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Drawing on CGIAR science and partnerships from around the world, the inaugural CGIAR Science Week was supposed to bring together the community working for a food, nutrition and climate secure future to: co-create a roadmap for food, land and water systems transformation, forge partnerships for action, build the case for investment, inspire change.
  • The rescheduled event will take place at the same venue - the UN Campus - in Nairobi, co-hosted by KALRO. 
1 July 2024, 11:00- 12:30 (CEST). InfoPoint Hybrid Conference: "Agroecological Transition: The Role of Research in Co-Design and Support of Innovations"

02 July 2024 | Hybrid event | 14.00-16.30 CEST Strengthening urban and peri-urban food systems to achieve food security and nutrition, in the context of urbanization and rural transformation

2 July 2024. @1200 EAT, 1100 Southern Africa, 1000 Central and parts of West Africa/BST, 0900 the rest of West Africa/GMT. Water School Africa (WSA)
  • Meeting ID: 875 4508 1076
  • Presenter: Daniel Chinkhuntha is an Organic Farmer and he manages Tikondwe Freedom Gardens, a Farm near Lilongwe, Malawi on which Permaculture is practised with the aim of achieving Food Sovereignty and secure livelihoods. 
2 - 3 July 2024. Exploring Intersections: Decolonization, Diasporas and the African Food System
  • This hybrid conference is an initiative of the Food Bridge vzw in partnership with Diaspofood ULB, Africa Museum Tervuren, Interdisciplinary Historical Food Studies Research Group (FOST) VUB, The New Global Order (TNGO), Alefa Diaspora and others.
  • The conference seeks to unravel the historical, cultural, and socio-economic dynamics that shaped the current state of African food systems and its impact on the continent’s development. Furthermore, it will be considering the effects of colonization, the experiences of diasporic communities, and the potential for decolonization to reshape the African food systems.
  • Download the programme here
3 July 2024 4th Life Cycle Innovation Conference | LCIC 2024

3 July 2024 Enhancing farmers’ uptake of digital technologies through empirical research, innovation and policy intervention.
  • This webinar aims at sharing findings from the EFUDTRIPI project implemented in Ghana by the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-STEPRI) and to solicit stakeholders’ inputs as part of the co-creation approach being employed throughout the project implementation.
  • The EFUDTRIPI project was designed to focus on small, medium and large-scale farmers to generate evidence on the level of use of digital technologies and services by farmers and the impacts on their farming activities. The project identifies the enablers and constraints to the use and adoption of digital solutions, existing policy gaps, and the interventions policymakers and digital service providers should adopt to eliminate these constraints.
3 July 2024. 15:00 – 16:00 CEST. Will Quantum Computing change Agrifood Systems?

3 - 4 July 2024. Kenya, Kwale County. BlueInvest Africa 2024
  • BlueInvest Africa is an important business event, initiated by the European Commission in 2022.
  • The objective of BlueInvest Africa is to facilitate meetings between African entrepreneurs seeking financing and international investors scouting for opportunities, all centred around projects capable of propelling Africa's blue economy forward
4 July 2024 | 14:30 - 16:00 SAST. Climate, Land, Agriculture, and Biodiversity
  • The African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems (ARUA-SFS), hosted at Future Africa (University of Pretoria), in collaboration with the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), present the Climate, Land, Agriculture and Biodiversity (CLAB)-Africa Webinar Series.
  • The CLAB-Africa project is designed to elevate Africa-specific knowledge by supporting the continent’s leading scientists to engage political leadership on varying catalytic sectors to address the continent’s wicked challenges.
  • Webinar 1: Climate Impacts on Food Systems in Africa: The webinar will a.o. present case studies of successful projects, discuss the importance of policies, governance, and stakeholder engagement, and highlight advances in agricultural research and technology, providing a comprehensive understanding of building resilient and sustainable food systems in the face of climate change.
  • NWO organises an online information meeting to provide more information on the call, to answer questions and to provide an option for attendees to meet each other. Please register below for the information meeting.

  • FoodSafeR is a project funded by the European Union

9 July 2024. 11:00 GMT KM4AgD Thematic Knowledge Cafe 1 of 4 - Exploring women's land access challenges, and the importance of secure tenure for economic and social empowerment

10-11 July 2024, at CIMMYT’s global headquarters in Texcoco, Mexico. World Food Prize Foundation DialogueNEXT

  • the first Dialogue will start from the HLPE definition of transdisciplinary science (HLPE, 2019, p.33) and analyze both challenges and best practices from a suite of Agroecology TPP's projects on doing science differently.
  • Organised by The Transformative Partnership Platform on Agroecology

11 July 2024 | 14:30 -16:00 SAST. CLAB-Africa Webinar Series Land Restoration and Biodiversity

12 July 2024. KM4AgD Thematic Knowledge Cafe 4 of 4 - Micro-dosing: A promising sustainable soil fertility management in sub-Saharan Africa for food security

  • healthy food supplies to schools in Thailand, agroecological market networks in East Africa, Food Corridors in the Afro-Colombian territories, and Food Sovereign Corridors in Argentina. We will also hear about the programs and policies implemented by the Brazilian government to encourage agroecological production and to expand the supply and distribution of healthy food.
  • Speakers: *Marut Jatiket, The Field Alliance, Thailand *John Kariuki Mwangi, Slow Food Kenya, Kenya *Anyela Lizeth León Gonzáles, Grupo Semillas, Colombia *Josefina Galán and Agustín Mavar, Union de los Trabajadores de la Tierra, Argentina *Silvio Porto, CONAB, Brazil
18 July 2024. 14:30 - 16:00 SAST. People—Animal—Ecosystems Health and Wellbeing.

23 July - 7 August 2024. CGIAR is currently developing the next phase of its Research Portfolio, aligned to its Research and Innovation Strategy and organises a number of consultations. 

24 July 2024. 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM CT. Seed Commercialization Webinar: Africa Public-private partnership drives local seed transformation. By USAID Feed the future

24 July 2024. Joint actions in operationalization of the Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Africa F-SAMA.
  • Panel discussion at the 9WCCA introduced by FAO/ACT. Panelists: AUC, AfDB, FAO, DAMES committee, and CIMMYT
  • The Webinars and Discussion Forums are being organized by the interim F-SAMA steering committee,comprised of AUC, FAO &ACT Network: For more information, contact: • F-SAMA - AfricaMechanize Secretariat; Email:
25 July 2024. Scaling CA with for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Africa in the Context of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI).
  • Introductory remarks of the panel discussion at the 9WCCA by Paswel Marenya (CIMMYT) or UN Women. Panelists: Dr Snapp (CIMMYT), ICARDA/INRA, and UM6P/Al Moutmir.
  • The Webinars and Discussion Forums are being organized by the interim F-SAMA steering committee,comprised of AUC, FAO &ACT Network: For more information, contact: • F-SAMA - AfricaMechanize Secretariat; Email:

    • This Research Portfolio Consultation will focus on the CGIAR proposed Program on Multifunctional Landscapes which will apply agroecological, nature-based and regenerative agri-food systems approaches at the landscape level to make livelihoods decent and resilient, secure safe and nutritious foods, and generate biodiversity and ecosystem services gains.
    • Two years ago, CONCORD, the confederation of European NGOs working on international cooperation and sustainable development, conducted an exercise to produce recommendations on how it could better engage its partner CSOs around the world in its policy and advocacy work towards the European Union.
    • A more detailed agenda is available here
    • The feedback will be presented at an upcoming event of CONCORD in September 2024.

    29 - 31 July 2024. Kigali, Rwanda. 2nd Science & Partnerships for Agriculture Conference (SPAC 2024) 
    • The 2024 edition of the SPAC conference will host its usual lead conferences among many other convenings; it will host the Third Biennial Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Conference; the Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development (KM4AgD) conference, the AU-EU Horizon
    • Europe partnership projects coordinated by FARA viz., CEAFIRST and StEPFoS, a workshop on advancing the application of foresight in African agriculture and a reflection workshop on the AfDB-supported Technologies for African Agriculture (TAAT) programme, plus several others.

    2–7 August 2024. Transformation Towards Sustainable Agri-Food Systems
    • 32nd International Conference of Agricultural Economists
    • 02/08 Assessing the impacts of international agricultural research: New methods, rigorous evidence, better decisions [SPIA Fest 2024] - CGIAR Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA)
    • 02/08 Regional integration, sustainability and food security in South Asia
    • 02/08 The bioeconomy and sustainable development
    • 02/08 Transforming food systems in South Asia - IFPRI
    • 02/08 Transdisciplinary approaches in agri-food systems transformation research- IFPRI, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, ICARDA
    • 02/08 Facilitating the rapid, Inclusive and sustainable rural transformation in Asian developing countries
    • 04/08 Plenary 3: Healthy and Sustainable Diets and Nutrition
    • 04/08 Plenary 4: Agri-Food Value Chains and Sustainability
    • 05/08 Plenary 5: Gender in Agri-Food Systems
    • 06/08 Plenary 6: Agri-Food Systems, Climate, and the Environment
    • 06/08 Plenary 7: Novel Approaches in Agri-Food Systems ResearchSelection of Invited Panel sessions that will be held at the conference. For session details and timing, please consult the conference program app (available from July 2024).
    • Science Policy Interface for Sustainable Food Systems (organizer: Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer, Peter Wehrheim) (speakers: Justus Wesseler, Shenggen Fan, Jill McCluskey, Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann, Joachim von Braun)
    • Toward Sustainable Food Systems Transformation in Africa (organizer: Ousmane Badiane, Tsitsi Makombe) (speakers: Sheryl Hendriks, Anna Lartey, John Ulimwengu, Getaw Tadesse, Julius Ecuru, Katrin Glatzel, Racine Ly)
    • Nourishing Growth: How Public Spending Decisions are Shaping Agricultural Transformation and Food Security in India and Africa (organizer: Ashok Gulati, Joachim von Braun) (speakers: Shyma Jose, Bezawit Beyene Chichaibelu, Lukas Kornher, Ousmane Badiane, Usha Barwale Zehr, Sachin Chaturvedi, Shahidur Rashid, Sheryl Hendriks
    • Strengthening the Capacities of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes in Africa (organizer: Thomas Jayne) (speakers: Nalishebo Meebelo, Lenis Saweda O. Liverpool-Tasie, Chris Barrett, Tinashe Kapuya, Milu Muyanga)
    • Urban Food Systems and Dietary Transition in Africa (organizer: Felix Asante (speakers: Jonathan Mockshell, Sylvester Ogutu, Hannah Ameye, Matin Qaim, Makaiko Khonje
    • Alternative Proteins: Challenges and Opportunities in Low- and Middle-Income Settings (organizer: Claudia Ringler) (speakers: B Dayakar Rao, Arghadeep Saha, Frans Swanepoel, Melissa van der Merwe, Holly Wang)
    August 2024. AFMASS Nigeria Food Expo co-located with Africa Dairy Manufacturing Expo and Africa Food Safety Summit – Western Africa

    4–9 August 2024, Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, China. IPC 2024 | 17th International Peatland Congress

    12 - 15 August 2024. Africa-China-CIMMYT Science Forum.
    25 - 29 August 2024. World Water Week

    2 - 6 September 2024. Kigali Rwanda. Africa Food Systems Forum 2024

    8 to 12 of September 2024. Rimini, Italy. 22nd IUFoST World Congress 2024 of Food Science and Technology.

    11-13 September TROPENTAG
    16 -19 September 2024. 13th African Crop Science Society (ACSS) conference.
    • hosted by the Eduardo Mondlane University (EMU) in Maputo, Mozambique,
    • under the theme, ‘Crop research and innovation for agricultural transformation, resilience and inclusion’, the Maputo meeting will also provide a platform for sharing and discussing research results that bring solutions towards enhancing agricultural development in Africa.
    17 September 2024, Nairobi, Kenya, and online. GLF | GLF Africa 2024

    22–23 September 2024, New York, USA. UN | Summit of the Future

    25 – 28 September 2024. Global Symposium on Soil Information and Data
    Join us in Nanjing, China

    26 September 2024.Innovative systems for sustainable technology development, and uptake or adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Africa
    • Lead by FARA and contributions by China Agricultural University (Li Hongwen), Murdoch University Bangladesh (Enamul Haque); CORAF, and the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS).
    • The Webinars and Discussion Forums are being organized by the interim F-SAMA steering committee,comprised of AUC, FAO &ACT Network: For more information, contact: • F-SAMA - AfricaMechanize Secretariat; Email:
    • Organised by the African Nutrition Society and Ghana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Submission of abstracts: 1st March – 31st May, 2024
    3 - 4 October 2024. AGROECOLOGY SCIENCE DAYS » University of Lausanne, Switzerland
    “Agroecology Day for All” in Lausanne on 5 October 2024

    14 -16 October 2024. Addis Ababa African Youth Summit on Food Systems & Agroecology2024

    21 October–1 November, TBA, Colombia. UN | 2024 United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP16)

    24 October 2024. The role of smallholder farmers in agricultural development and food security in Africa for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Africa
    • Introductory remarks by PAFO. Panel: ROPPA/EAFF; PASAE; University of Nairobi; CSIR-CRI Ghana; and Director of Mechanization, Nigeria.
    • The Webinars and Discussion Forums are being organized by the interim F-SAMA steering committee,comprised of AUC, FAO &ACT Network: For more information, contact: • F-SAMA - AfricaMechanize Secretariat; Email:

    11–22 November 2024, Baku, Azerbaijan UN | 2024 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP29)

    20 November 2024. 1:30 to 5:30 pm. Soil quality – Towards an indicator system for public policy - Restitution conference

    26-28 November 2024 in Dakar, Senegal. ANAPRI Stakeholders Conference scheduled

    25-28 November 2024. Kigali, Rwanda. SUN Movement Global Gathering 2024
    • The SUN Movement Global Gathering is the Movement’s flagship event and one of the largest international gatherings within the nutrition community.
    26 to 27 November 2024 SFN+ Hybrid Conference: Innovations for sustainable and resilient agri-food systems
    • This hybrid conference will provide an opportunity to explore the latest innovations in the agri-food systems within the UK and beyond (Africa and Asia); showcase the success of its funded research projects, present the latest knowledge exchange initiatives of its expert working groups and provide networking opportunities for leading food researchers and industry experts.
    28 November 2024. Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Africa: Annual Summary Paper to be prepared by AfricaMechanize Secretariat.
    2–13 December 2024, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia UN | UNCCD COP16

    25 February - 1 March 2025. Corvallis, Oregon. Organic Seed Alliance conference
    • to be held  Hydrid: In-person and virtual.
    • Call for 2025 Conference proposals is open until July 19 and is available at this link