Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Biennial Rwanda Agricultural Board Conference on Agricultural Research and Extension

At the closing ceremony a traditional ballet 
entertained the crowd with dances
21 - 23 August 2013. Kigali, Rwanda. Confronting challenges of food insecurity and poverty in the era of climate change and variability: a conference of public and private sector organizations sharing agricultural technology development, adoption and delivery pathways. The conference has attracted 300 participants from US, Belgium, the Netherlands, Kenya, Uganda, Ivory Coast, DRC and Rwanda including delegates from National Agricultural Research Systems, universities, regional and international research and development organizations, development partners and the private sector.

The conference sub-themes were as follows:
  • Intensification of land use for sustainable crop and livestock production
  • Policy and agriculture technology delivery systems
  • Biodiversity for food security and poverty reduction coping with climate change and variability in crop and livestock production
  • Value addition and market access for economic growth and poverty reduction
One hundred and seventy five papers have been submitted for presentation on a wide range of topics including lessons and challenges on various issues relating to climate change.

Keynote speakers include Tim Searchinger of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, RAB Research Director General Dr. Daphrose Gahakwa, Kilimo Trust CEO Professor Nuhu Hatibu, Wageningen University Professor Leo Stroosnijder, Professor Adewale Adekunle (FARA), Professor Kelly Valerie, and Global Environment Facility's Rose Mukankomeje.

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