Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Friday, November 12, 2010

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development, is a truly cross-party initiative which also draws members from both Houses of the UK Parliament. The Group seeks to bridge the space between Academic, Civil Society and The Ruling Government of the day both in the Developing and Developed World engendering informed, progressive debate in Parliament, but with positive, far reaching effects beyond Westminster. The APPG was established in October 2008 in response to growing concerns over the heightening Food Crisis and a steady decline in the funding of Agricultural projects for International Development.

Upcoming events:

Session 1 - 17th November - Horizon Scanning, Climate Change and Food Crises 14.00 – 15.30
Mike Edwards, Climate Change Director CAFOD
Alun Rhydderch, Government Foresight Horizon Scanning Centre
Andrew Curry, Director The Futures Company (TBC)
Tom Mitchell, Head of Climate Change ODI (TBC)
Pavan Sukhdev, Special Advisor and Head of UNEP's Green Economy Initiative (TBC)

Session 2 - 24th November - Smallholders: Needs, Issues and Successes 14.00 – 15.30
Dan Taylor, Director Find Your Feet
Sunday Uhiene, CAADP Secretariat Planning, Policy Analysis and Statistics, Nigeria
Andrew Dorward, Programme Director: Agricultural Economics, Managing Rural Development SOAS
Calestous Juma, Director, Science, Technology, Globalization Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Harvard
Nick Blazuez, Managing Director, Diageo Africa

Session 3 – 1st DecemberAgriculture and the Private Sector 14.00 – 15.30
Keith Palmer OBE, Chairman AgDevCo
Sophie LeMouel, Director Technoserve Europe
Helena Leurent, Director, Agriculture, Food & Beverage Community, Centre for Global Industries, World Economic Forum
Salum Shamte, Chairman of the Agricultural Council of Tanzania

Session 4 - 8th December - Education, Training and Capacity Building 14.00 – 15.30
Tim Chancellor, Director of Capacity Strengthening and Learning, The Natural Resources Institute
Adipala Ekwamu, Secretariat Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)
Margaret Kroma, Fellowships Manager and Science Coordinator African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)
Jeff Waage, Director London International Development Centre (LIDC)

Session 5 - 15th DecemberLinkages to other areas &Evaluation 14.00 – 15.30
Tim Wheeler, Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor and Deputy Director of Research & Evidence Division DFID
Alex Rees, Livelihoods Capacity Building Adviser Save the Children
Rute Caldeira, Agriculture Learning and Impacts Netowrk (ALINe) Institute of Development Studies
Laurie Lee, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Other Speakers TBC

Session 6 - 12th JanuaryInternational Cooperation &Evaluation 14.00 – 15.30
Myles Wickstead, Head of the Secretariat to the Commission for Africa & Chair of Concern UK
Jeff Balch, Director of Research, European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) (TBC)
Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development Centre for Environmental Policy Imperial College London
Other Speakers TBC

Session 7 - 19th JanuaryRoundtable Discussion for Parliamentarians (Closed Session for Parliamentarians)
John Beddington – UK Government Chief Scientist
Baroness Lynda Chalker, Chairman Africa Matters Ltd
Shenggen Fan - Director General IFPRI
Kanayo F. Nwanze - President of IFAD
Lawrence Haddad Awaiting Confirmation
David Nabarro, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition (TBC)
Ian Goldin - Director Oxford Martin School (TBC)

Session 7 - 27th January - Ministerial Evidence – 14.00
Stephen O'Brien, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development
Gregory Barker, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (TBC)

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