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Friday, May 28, 2021

Upcoming webinars June and beyond

 31 May to 4 June 2021. FNSSA Stakeholder Engagement Week Stakeholder Engagement on the Africa-EU Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture at the EU-Africa Summit - Register here!

  • 31/05 10:00 - 12:00 PM. The FNSSA Partnership: A model for AU-EU Cooperation
  • 31/05 14:00 - 15:30 PM . Opportunities for AU-EU Cooperation in Horizon Europe by European Commission
  • 01/06 09:00 - 11:00 AM. Clustering of FNSSA-related projects and outcomes based on harmonised researcher-user interests by SLU – RUFORUM
  • 01/06 11:00 AM - 13:00 PM .Food production, processing and safety by North West University
  • 01/06 13:00-15:00 PM. Fostering multi-stakeholder partnership engagement for impact on FNSSA: Lessons learnt from PAEPARD (2007-2018). By FARA-EAFF
  • 01/06 15:00-17:00 PM. The landscape of knowledge platforms on agri-food systems and climate change. An overview on existing and forthcoming experiences. By FOSC project
  • 02/06 09:00 - 11:00 AM. Keeping the FNSSA Partnership ‘Fit for Purpose’: lessons from studying & monitoring the Partnership. By LEAP4FNSSA / UniPID, WUR, Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • 02/06 11:00 AM - 13:00 PM. Sustainable and future agriculture in the African Continent. Durban University of Technology 
  • 02/06 13:00 - 15:00 PM. Frugal innovation: A new perspective on building an agribusiness. By EVERGROW
  • 02/06 15:00 - 17:00 PM. Engagement of central and eastern EU countries on Africa-EU Research and Innovation partnership in FNSSA. By CZU 
  • 03/06 09:00 - 11:00 AM. ICT for Agricultural Markets for Smallholder Farmers (ICT4A for Smallholder Farmers) By ICT4A for Smallholder Farmers
  • 03/06 11:00 AM - 13:00 PM. Partnerships and multistakeholder approaches for impact. By ColeACP
  • 03/06 13:00  - 15:00 PM. Imperative for a Soil Information System to inform decision making for Sustainable intensification (Soils4Africa) By Soils4Africa
  • 03/06 15:00 - 17:00 PM. Leveraging the DeSIRA initiative for agri-food systems transformation: building on and with your experience and lessons learnt (WUR – DESIRA LIFT). by WUR – DESIRA LIFT 
  • 04/06  09:00 - 11:00 AM. How research can better support innovation for the transformation of the agrifood systems in Africa? By European Commission
  • 04/06 11:00 AM – 13:00 PM. Diversity Management for Future R&I and Capacity Building Cooperation in FNSSA. By LEAP4FNSSA, Working Group: Actors, Alliances, and Policies 
  • 04/06 13:00-15:00 PM. Future orientations of the Partnership.

1 June 2021. Launch of The African Animal Breeders’ Network (AABNet). The AABNet (The African Animal Breeding Network) is a newly established pan African initiative to focus on capacity development and knowledge transfer for animal breeding, and creating innovations to support livestock genetic improvement in Africa. Incl. H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture and Dr Jimmy Smith DG ILRI. For more information, please visit www. African Animal Breeding Network (

1-2 June 2021. A Restoration World Tour from the “4 per 1000” Fair during EU Green Week 2021
  • Stand 18: "Protecting Rain Forest in Democratic Republic of Congo (carbon sequestration) - The Shabunda Project" by GIERI Groupe d'Intervention pour l'Encadrement et la Réhabilitation Intégrale (Intervention Group for Supervision and Integral Rehabilitation).
  • Stand 59: "Regeneration of Nature through Income Generation for Local Communities in Malawi" by the Simpson foundation.
Table is a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Wageningen University and Research, and it builds upon the work of the Food Climate Research Network. Incl Maryam Rahmanian, an international consultant on biodiversity and agroecology and member of the IPES Food Expert Panel, and Prof Sir Charles Godfray, director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford.

2 June, 2021. UNFSS Independent Dialogue Small Businesses: Good Food for All - Central and West 
Africa (French) Dakar, Senegal / Dialogue pour l’Afrique « Small Businesses: Good Food for All »

2 June, 2021. 8:30-10:00AM EST. Session 1 - Dietary Assessment Challenges and Opportunities: Introducing the INDDEX24 Dietary Assessment PlatformThis session will illuminate the critical need to draw on data, analytics, and evidence to understand and affect change across the food, health, and environmental sustainability nexus and global progress on these fronts. To learn more about The INDDEX Project please visit our website at:

  • Session 1: Mining threats in pastoralist areas (2 June, 08:30 - 9:15) – speaker Loupa Pius
  • Session 2: Pastoralist livelihoods in Africa (2 June, 20:15 - 21:00) – speaker Saverio Krätli
  • Session 3: Speaking truth to power: pastoralists’ advocacy (3 June, 13:00 - 13:45) – speaker Christina (Echi) Gabbert
  • Session 4: Global recognition of pastoralism and its future (3 June, 19:30 - 20:30) – speakers Loupa Pius, Ann Waters-Bayerand Margareta Lelea
Here are some news, podcasts and videos related to the conference:

The webinar will highlight the interlinked challenges of food security and accelerating climate change as well as showcase climate smart initiatives by awardees in the EC funded AgriFI portfolio. The webinar will entail discussions on the net effect of collaborations within government, SME's and other actors while exemplifying potential in different value chains.

04 June 2021 Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
The Special Session of the 48th Plenary of CFS will take place virtually on Friday, 4 June 2021 to endorse the CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches.

7 June 2021. World Food Safety Day.
7 - 9 June 2021. African Youth Dialogue; Pre-UN Food Systems Summit
This dialogue is being convened by the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD Africa), CAADP Youth Network, and The African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) supported by Policy Link and SEI - Stockholm Environment Institute.

8 June 2021. FAO, WHO and the WFP are working with the Codex Alimentarius Secretariat and the Codex Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) to organize a 2-hour webinar for World Food Safety Day, entitled “Acting across national borders in the Region for ensuring safe food for a healthier tomorrow.”

8 June 2021. 9 AM EST: Enriching and Diversifying Diets.

8-9 June 2021. Food Safety Summit SA 2021 South Africa 
  • The event is aimed particularly at food safety professionals and students, food scientists and technologists, risk managers, quality control and quality assurance managers and regulators.
  • Including: Prof David Miller: Mycotoxins: still with us after all these years
8 June 2021 02:00 to 11:00 GMT+2 (online) Organic Agriculture for Sustainable and Resilient Community Food Systems e-Dialogue
This e-dialogue/consultation shall discuss knowledge and experiences to mainstream the contributions of organic agriculture towards sustainable resilient community food systems that ultimately shall contribute to the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

9 June, 2021. Sustainable food systems: Nature positive food systems for a healthy planet & healthy people.
This Global Dialogue will be convened by the UNFSS Secretariat and the United Nations Environment Programme to encourage discussions and foster a greater understanding and ownership of food systems issues amongst key decision-makers and stakeholders in the environment sector, and of environmental concerns amongst food and agriculture systems stakeholders. Watch on UN Web TV from 13:00 CEST.

9 June, 2021. Pre-UN Food Systems Summit 2021 Ministerial Dialogue Programme. [English][French[Arabic][Portuguese] By RUFORUM

9 June, 2021. Launch of the UN Nutrition discussion paper on Livestock-derived foods and sustainable healthy diets
  • The event will be part of the WHO Health talks in contribution to the Food Systems Summit Dialogues. Speakers from various UN agencies as well as ILRI, Washington University, UN Food Systems Summit Action Track 2 and the private sector will share their views and react to the main findings of the discussion paper.


9 June 2021. 9:00-10:30 AM ET. Innovative Metrics of Diet Quality in Low- and Middle-Income Settings by USAID/Feed the Future

10 June 2021.14:00-15:30 PM./ 2 PM CEST. Fifth webinar in the Future Fortified series organised by GAIN

10 June 2021. 11:00 AM CEST UN Dialogue on the Role of SMEs in Creating the Future Food System - funding opportunity: Best Small Business SME Competition: The competition is open to any small to medium sized enterprises doing all or most of its activities in the food system, in any country.

10-11 June 2021. 13th CGIAR System Council Meeting

14 June, 2021. UNFSS. Independent Dialogue Small Businesses: Good Food for All - Middle East and North Africa (Arabic) Cairo, Egypt

The title of this edition is "The Green Deal for a Sustainable Future".
The 14th edition of the European Development Days will be fully digital.
The agenda of EDD 2021 is now online:

15-17 June 2021The Future of Food By Innovation Forum

15-16 June 2021. 8 AM CEST. Lessons Learned and Key Recommendations for Multisectoral Nutrition Programming in Ethiopia by USAID, Feed the Future

17 June 2021. Pre-UN Food Systems Summit Dialogue for Selected Advocates for Africa’s Development. By RUFORUM

17 June 2021: 1400 – 1600 CEST/CAT. Presentation on the findings of the research/mapping exercise of existing African Agroecological Enterprises (AAEs) and their service providers in Africa. By The Agroecology Fund (AEF) and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). This project falls under Citizens and Agroecology Working Group (CAEWG). A two-hour call with the two leads on this programme, Jen Astone and Charles Mulozi.

17 June 2021 - Desertification and drought day - Launch of the Global Soil Salinity Map (GSSmap)


Session 10: Supporting Water-Energy-Food Nexus research and innovation in the EU-MPC region, within the framework of the Water Scarcity Initiative of the FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa.

17 June 2021. Session 2 - Using the INDDEX24 Dietary Assessment Platform: A Demo and DiscussionThis session will delve into more detail on the workings of the INDDEX24 Dietary Assessment Platform. To learn more about The INDDEX Project please visit our website at:

17 June 2021. 10:00 - 12:30 EET.  REGREENING THE DESERTS: A SOLUTION. Organised by ICARDA Including:  Ms. Camilla Nordheim-Larsen, Representative of the Great Green Wall Project and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNCCD)

17 June 2021. Global Report on Food Crises 2021: Building resilience to prevent food crises and conflict. 
June 2021 - 2nd International network on fertilizers analysis meeting

  • The ANH Academy Week is a series of annual events that bring together the community of researchers, practitioners and policymakers working at the intersection of agriculture, food systems, nutrition and health. The objective of the ANH Academy Week is to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and learning around interdisciplinary ANH research. This year’s conference, ANH2021, consists of:
  • Learning Labs: Monday 21 – Thursday 24 June 2021
  • Research Conference: Tuesday 29 June - Thursday 1 July 2021
  • The Preliminary Programme for ANH2021 is now available here under the "Programme"

21 June 2021. 10am Brussels African Civil Society And Faith Leaders Call For Urgent Action At The African – European Agriculture Ministerial Conference

21 June 2021. Pastoralism and climate change in West Africa: implications for policy and practice. hosted by the Institute of Development Studies, the University of Ghana, and the University for Development Studies

The CIHEAM; the FAO; the UfMs; the UN One Planet Network Sustainable Food Systems Programme and the PRIMA Foundation, co-organised two Food Systems Summit Dialogues aiming at advancing a common understanding of the complex environment of Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean region (SFS MED).

21 June 2021. Rwanda Young Entrepreneurs Challenge Fund. Access Agriculture in partnership with Rwanda Organic Agriculture Movement (ROAM) and Youth Engagement in Agriculture Network (YEAN) Rwanda

22 June, 2021 Independent Dialogue Tunisia Accès au financement : un préalable indispensable pour une agriculture performante en Afrique du Nord à l’horizon 2030

22 June 2021. Community Engagement for Collective Action. By FAO/DIMITRA

22 - 24 June 2021 - 9th Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly and launch of the Global Soil Organic Carbon sequestration potential map by FAO

23 June 2021. To mark the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, this event in the margins of twenty-fifth anniversary of UN Bonn will bring together UNCCD, Global Landscapes Forum, IFOAM and Fairtrade will discuss land restoration and land–nature–climate–agriculture–consumption nexus

23 June, 2021 Independent Dialogue Nairobi, Kenya Catalysing Women’s Agri-preneurship and Food Trade in Africa

23 June 2021. 15:00 - 16:00 CEST Global investment gap in agricultural R&D
23 June 2021. 14:00 -16:00 CEST. Fall armyworm monitoring and early warning systems in Africa. Speakers include experts from CABI and the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy (NIBIO)
This year’s edition will mark the official launch of Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027).
  • This year’s edition will mark the official launch of Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027).
  • 24/06 @16:15-17:00 Africa initiative in Horizon Europe

24 June, 2021 Independent Ghana Food System Dialogue

24 June 2021. 2 pm GMT. Delivering Climate-Smart Agriculture to Last-Mile Communities, Especially Women Farmers


24 June 2021. 9am Eastern Daylight Time. EFFICIENT Food Loss and Waste Protocol Webinar

24 June 2021. 9:00-10:00 AM ET. The "C" in CLA: Monitoring Collaboration to Improve Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Programming

24 June 2021 from 4:00 – 6:00PM EAT (East Africa) Webinar on African Agroecological Enterprises

24 June 2021. World Food Convention – “Science for the society – How to secure food in a sustainable way”

25 June 2021. Virtual Book Launch of the Indigenous Peoples' food systems: Insights on sustainability and resilience from the frontline of climate change by FAO and the Alliance of Bioversity-International and CIAT

25 June 2021. Value Chain Development and the Poor: Promise, Delivery, and Opportunities for Impact at Scale

  • THEME-1 Disruption in Agricultural Value Chain in the Pandemic and probable measures to be taken to restore the Socio-economic status of people associated with Agriculture. 
  • THEME-2 Climate Change, Gender Bias and Role of Women in Sustainable Farming : A step towards Global Food Security and Zero Hunger 
  • THEME-3 Engaging Youth in Climate Smart Agriculture : Challenges and opportunities towards Sustainable Agroecosystem and Aquatic Ecosystem. 
  • THEME-4 Sustainable Agriculture : Critical Knowledge gaps, Accessibility to improved Technology and Future Research Priorities towards achievement of SDG 2030
26 June 2021. SEED IS POWER campaign, a collaboration between AFSA’s Seed Working Group and A Growing Culture, is a Pan-African grassroots campaign to assert African seed sovereignty and resist the corporatization of African agriculture. SIGN UP FOR THE RALLY-EN / SIGN UP FOR THE RALLY-FR

28 June to 2 July 2021. International Symposium on Sustainable Animal Production and Health – Current Status and Way Forward by IAEA-FAO International Symposium

28 June to 9 July 2021. Horizon Europe Info Days 

29 June 2021. 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm CEST. Alternative Approaches to Collateral to Increase Women’s Access to Rural and Agricultural Finance
30 June, 2021 at 11:00 GMT. Women in Agribusiness Forum (WAF)

One attempt to encourage engagement from the private sector is the Nutritious Food Financing Facility (N3F). The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) initiated N3F to catalyze private sector innovation in nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa.

1 July 2021. 13:00 to 16:00 CEST. AGRIS Virtual Annual Conference by FAO

1 July 2021, 3-6pm CEST: Closing Data Gaps and Promoting Evidence-Informed Decision-Making for Food Security and Nutrition. by CFS/FAO 

1 July 2021, 3-4:30pm CEST: Digital Agriculture Profiles: Analytical Tool to Define Policies and Investments in Data and Digital Agriculture at Country Level By World Bank/CIAT-Bioversity
1 July 2021. 13:00 (GMT +2) Sustainable & Innovative Practices for Small-Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture Production by FAO/RNE-Innovation-Forum

02 July 12:30 - 14:00 CEST. The Effects of Agroecology. Why are Metrics Needed? INTPA InfoPoint Virtual Conference. Speaker: Willem Olthof, Deputy Head of Unit INTPA F3, Sustainable Agri-Food Systems and Fisheries, DG INTPA, European Commission

This Global Dialogue on Trade will be co-organised by the Special Envoy of the UN Food Systems Summit, Dr. Agnes Kalibata and the World Trade Organisation. The Dialogue will discuss how the trading system can best be reformed to address the food needs of tomorrow, and support sustainable development as called for by the Preamble to the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO. Watch from 14:00 CEST - follow the Summit's social media for updates.

6 July 2021. 3pm EAT (Nairobi). The Right to Seeds and Intellectual Property Rights. by APBREBES - Geneva Academy

6 July 2021. African CITYFOOD Month Campaign 2021
  • 6 July 2021 | 2pm CAT. African City food Exchange Part 1: What have we learnt from the UNFSS independent food dialogues process in 16 cities? Registration Link
  • 13 July 2021 | 12pm CAT. African City food Exchange Part 2: A city-to-city workshop on achieving sustainable urban food systems. Registration Link
  • 20 July 2021 | 2pm CAT. Sustainable food cultures: How our appetites can transform our cities. Registration Link
  • 27 July 2021 | 2pm CAT. Where Chemistry, Storytelling and Policy Collide: Lessons from the Inclusive Metabolism Project. Registration Link
6-7 July 2021. 10 AM -6 PM CEST Global Dialogue on the role of food and agriculture in the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

6-9 July 2021. FAO-CIRAD international conference on Geographical Indication
7 July 2021. (11.00-12.30 CET) Contractual relationships and contracting arrangements in the agrifood sector by COLEACP and the Foundation for World Agriculture and Rurality (FARM foundation)
8 July 2021. 08:00 to 09:30 CEST. Netherlands East African Diary Partnership (NEADAP) breakfast webinar on Rumen8
  • 05-07 July 2021 - Side-Events to the Science Days for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021
  • parallel sessions Day 1: Unlocking The Potential Of STI for the Transformation Of Food Systems: (a) Achieving more healthy diets in food systems; (b) Achieving more inclusive food systems; (c) Achieving more sustainable and resilient food systems
  • parallel sessions Day 1:  Putting Science to Work: Science, People and PolicyStrengthening the science-policy interfaceInvesting in institutional and human capacity for science and innovationCapitalizing on models, data, and communications revolutions, and new methods
  • parallel sessions Day 2: Empowering and Engaging Key Players in Food System Innovation: (a) Youth; (b) Traditional and indigenous knowledge; (c) Science in and by food industry and start-ups; (d) Women
  • parallel sessions Day 2: Brave New World: Pushing the Frontiers of Science for Food Systems: (a) Bio-science innovations; (b) Digital innovations; (c) Policy and institutional innovations
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 (SOFI 2021) report presents the first evidence-based global assessment of chronic food insecurity in the year the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and spread across the globe. The report will also focus on complementary food system solutions that address the key drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition, and will be presented by the FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. Join in from 10:00 EDT.

22 July 2021. 12:00-14:00 (GMT). PAFO-COLEACP INNOVATIONS SERIES. Session n°5. Food and Nutrition Security: the contribution of SMEs and businesses

2-4 August 2021. Cairo, Egypt FI Africa 2021 Conference organised by MEFOSA - MENA Food Safety Associates for professionals from across the ingredients and packaging & processing technology spectrum, including those from F&B manufacturing, researchers, trade chancellors

6-12 September 2021. Intra African Trade Fair 2020

13 - 16 September 2021 - Global Symposium on Salt-Affected Soils

13 - 16 September 2021. The Third All Africa Post Harvest Congress and Exhibition

13-17 September 2021 Land Commons virtual conference 

15-17 September 2021. Tropentag is the largest interdisciplinary annual conference in Europe on development oriented research in the fields of sub-/tropical agriculture, food security, natural re- source management and rural development. This years theme of the conference is: Towards shifting paradigms in agriculture for a healthy and sustainable future

September 2021 - Second Plenary meeting on soil spectroscopy (date tbc)

28-30 September 2021. Agri4D Online Conference 2021. Food Systems for New Realities. by SLU/Sweden. Registration is free of charge and will open in June 2021. Call for abstracts closes 31/05.
Theme 2 of the Agri4D conference focuses on the role for smallholders within inclusive food systems that will enable rural and urban (producer and consumer) food and nutrition security. There is tremendous potential for smallholders to benefit from the current changes occurring within rural-urban food systems as greater proportions of developing country populations shift to being net purchasers of food, and as rural populations increasingly consolidate into new small towns, and as existing urban populations grow. There are also high risks and many barriers, particularly in the face of changing land markets, declining plot sizes, rising agribusiness-Big Food industry interactions and changing dietary needs and preferences, not to mention changing climatic and environmental conditions, or disruptive pandemic health threats.

11-15 October 2021. CFS 49  
13-15 October 2021. 1st Conference on Farmer-Centric On-Farm Experimentation

19 October, 15:45-17:00 BST / 10:45 – 12:00 ET. CHILD LABOUR IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

2-3 November 2021. FAO high-level Global Event on Ending Child Labour in Agriculture

October 2021 - Sustainable soil management for nutrition-sensitive agriculture: Micronutrient workshop (date tbc)

October 2021 - Launch of the Global Status of Black soils and Global Black Soil Distribution Map (GBSmap)

October 2021 - 3rd Workshop of the International Network of Black Soils (INBS) (date tbc)

October 2021 - 7th meeting of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions(date tbc)

October 2021 - 5th meeting of the Global Soil Laboratory Network (date tbc)

November 2021 - 6th meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership (date tbc)

November 2021 - 15th working session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (date tbc)

5-6 November 2021. African Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation by UNIDO

5 December 2021 - World Soil Day "Halt soil salinization, Boost soil productivity"



December 2021 - Global Soil Information System launch event (date tbc)

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